Short Answer: No.
Long Answer: Kind of.
But let me explain how to do it. And first, you start by not buying actually super wide-leg pants (because very few of us are 6ft tall size 2 models, and that sort of couture does NOT look good in real life, only on Instagram and magazines), but buy something that will visually translate into that look. Basically, something that will LOOK like it falls in line with the trend, but isn't actually really the trend, and therefore looks flattering on you. You're giving a nod to the trend, and being inspired by it, but keeping it within the realm of wearable reality for yourself personally.
Okay, the thing with wide-leg pants is that when you are short, these pants will dwarf you with their excessive proportions and sheer volume of fabric, regardless if you're thin or curvy (though I actually think curvy women can pull it off a little bit better, but a straight leg works better in my opinion as a good option for petite women in general who don't like skinnies).
The pants I'm wearing above are actually pretty wide but I'm standing in very flattering ways, sorry about that, I should have modeled the wideness a little better. They are not fitted and graze my hips, and feel more like wearing a maxi skirt. BUT... they don't look disproportionate, or like I'm drowning in fabric, or like something ridiculous. In fact, you would probably be surprised to see how wide those are on a hanger, but how NOT gigantic they look on me.
The look we we are going for here is basically a looser, exaggerated STRAIGHT. Not an actual wide leg. Not all wide-leg pants are created equal! Some will be slimmer versions, some will be huge. Go with a slimmer version. THAT is going to be the petite-friendly version of a wide-leg. Why?
Proportion, proportion, proportion!
Also, BUY THEM IN A NEUTRAL COLOR. That doesn't mean, black, white, grey, or navy by the way. But don't go really bright or really bold unless you really want to make a huge statement. It's a little bit riskier, so unless you are really comfortable with it, I say go neutral. Some other options that read as "neutral" are pale mint, burgundy, dusty lavender. We all have our own versions of neutrals besides the expected ones! But if you really love hot pink or something, then go for it! If you're not entirely comfortable in wide-leg pants, stick with a neutral.
What I did was buy a pair of pants that are "wide leg" but not OVERLY so. If you can't find that, go with a very loose fit straight leg. Size up if you need to (this is not a style that will look terrible if it's slightly large, FYI).
The key part to making this work is for the pants to NOT be too fitted through the thighs. Or it will just look boot cut. But, if it's TOO loose, you will look a little too JNCO jeans circa 1997, and trust me, that is a dead fashion statement that should stay dead and let's not disinter that fashion corpse. We don't talk about the JNCO jeans. Let's pretend it never even happened.
So, take your shoes into consideration with your pants. Are the bottoms so wide that they cover your shoes? Are they too long and dragging on the floor? If they're really really wide, honestly, don't buy them. I have DONE that alteration to fix it, and it is a pain in the ass to DIY, and expensive to take to a seamstress. BUT, if it's just a matter of being too long, as everything is for us short women, I have two words for you: HEM TAPE. No sewing or tailoring required. Grab your iron and be done in about 5 minutes.
Before you start fixing the hem, ask yourself: Am I going to be wearing HEELS or FLATS with these, and which heel height will I be wearing? Those are two different lengths of pants, and it matters. So grab a pair of shoes that are what you'd likely wear with the pants, and mark or pin the length, and THEN hem tape (or you can sew if you are old-school like me). But hem tape is great and I do no-sew curtains with them, so don't think you need to go take every single thing to a tailor if it's an easy hem line.
Because of how much fabric is involved, and the potential for shapelessness in your bottom half, I recommend heels. The flowier fabric and that added height will give you a more statuesque quality, if done right.
Key takeaway: Make sure your shoes are visible. And wear a killer shoe!
I also recommend going monochrome (or almost monochrome, and I'll explain why I added some color).
You don't have to go black of course, you can pick any color you want, and it doesn't have to be a literal monochromatic outfit. You can even create an interesting variation on monochrome by choosing colors within the same color family (different shades of blue, for example).
But, the fact that I went (nearly) monochrome creates one long continuous line (there are other ways of doing this, too, which I can talk about in future posts). I definitely look taller than I am because of this. Even with a contrasting shoe.
I did add two small silver cuffs though, to tie into the shoes. Cohesion!
And because it's me, there is going to be a pattern SOMEWHERE. After all, a solid print with no pattern, and nearly monochromatic outfit, can easily slip into "flat" and "boring" territory (though the accessories and the details from the sports bra really save the whole look in my opinion), I brought in a small dose of pattern in my handbag. A "statement" bag would also work, but I don't have much that goes well with iridescent burgundy, so this handbag is my "I don't know what bag to use" handbag. We should all have one of those, by the way!
Not that wide-leg pants aren't an issue for average height or tall women. But you don't have to worry as much about it being too wide, going monochrome, or worrying as much about balancing out your proportions. But some of these tips work for you too. Like keeping your shoes visible, and deciding if these pants are for heels or for flats (I think tall women look especially chic when they pair wide-leg pants with flats).
Before I go, I want to let you know how much I LOVE getting questions from my readers, and yes, I'm going to take some artistic liberties with how I word that question on the blog, but still answer it thoroughly! You can always ask me questions by either commenting, or privately contacting me using the Contact Me form at the top.
*DYTers: yes, I know that fur-trimmed, camel-hair coat is Type 3. It was one of the few things my mother, who is T3/S4, gave to me. I went many winters without a coat, and I found it harder to give this up than so many other items that look bad on me. But, I have few things that look okay with it, and will be boxing it up soon to give to my T3 daughter, who loves fur! As long as it stays in the family so I can admire it from afar!
Quick breakdown of my outfit, and then we're done!
- Coat: Banana Republic
- Cardigan: DYT store
- Top: Iridescent Burgundy ballet top from Forever 21 (hangs head in shame)
- Sports Bra: Betsey Johnson
- Belt: No idea, that thing is so old I think it can get a driver's license now
- Pants: Express
- Shoes: Silver D'orsay pumps by Louis Vuitton
- Purse: Republic of Aces
- Jewelry: Silver cuffs from DYT store (out of stock)
- Makeup: I focused on creating just a smouldering eye with black eyeliner from Younique and a burgundy eyeshadow from Karity (unknown color name, from one of their palettes). My lips were bare because I don't like pairing heavy lips with heavy eyes. Balance!
I hope you are having a tolerable Monday, and I'll be back tomorrow. Same Bat-Time, same Bat-Channel. (Wow, I'm not funny).