EVOLVING FASHION

The return of wide-legged pants

Men and women have again adopted this old-school fashion statement

In Summary

• The popularity of wide-legged pants has stood the test of time and transformations

• Nowadays, men blend the pants with long-sleeved animal print shirts or plain T-shirts

Sauti Sol in black suits with wide legged pants
Sauti Sol in black suits with wide legged pants
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Wide-legged pants, otherwise known as ‘bell bottoms’, evolved into a narrow-legged design that was once known as ‘pencil’.

As often happens with fashion, with time, the old style resurfaced in different forms.

Wide-legged pants are back in form of palazzo pants, wide-legged pants and the normal hipsters.

Back in the day, denim skirts were known as jean skirts and had a pattern of buttons rolling down. They are back to the fashion industry in shades of denim.

The normal cap with an oval top was gone for years and people embraced ‘baseball’ caps that have a wider top.

These days, normal caps are back with all designs and brands, including the latest that are branded with car types like Subaru and Audi.

Wide-legged pants are worn by both men and women.

They are mostly suitable for vintage events, throwback Thursday, music and video shoots.

Chimano of Sauti Sol in a a wide legged pants and vintage shoes
Chimano of Sauti Sol in a a wide legged pants and vintage shoes
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Sauti Sol music group has been at the forefront of embracing the newly evolved design in most of their music videos.

Most women's designs are in ‘denim’ or jeans and are worn with sandals or flat shoes.

Due to the curvaceous nature of women, the pants bring out their curves but cover the legs.

The pants that don’t cover the legs are called ‘don’t touch’.

The material prevalent in such designs is mostly cotton and the print is vintage or any shade of animal print.

Prints used include snake print and leopard print.

These pants go well with sleeveless tops and a leather jacket for women.

Men blend the pants with long-sleeved animal print shirts or a touch of plain T-shirts. 

A pair of shoes that goes well with these designs are vintage shoes for men. They include old school loafers and rubbers.

One can also wear a suit that has wide-legged pants and match its colours with the coat.

Social media influencer Amber Ray wears a denim wide legged pants and an off shoulder top with animal print sandals.
Social media influencer Amber Ray wears a denim wide legged pants and an off shoulder top with animal print sandals.
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