Raf Simons’ signature use of graphics and subtle subversion of popular silhouettes were on show again at his Spring/Summer 2021 show last month. But aside from the expected, Raf's “Teenage Dreams” collection had one thing firmly on our minds — and that was massive pants.
Raf's revolution-calling graphic tops were balanced by floaty flares and a host of plumed pants with more sharply tailored legs. Elsewhere in the design world, Martine Rose’s new collaboration collection with Farah for Spring/Summer 2020 also furthered the case for another look at this oft-forgot cut.
Attitude-heavy '70s looks have become more and more prevalent over recent seasons, spurred on by names like Harry Styles and, of course, Alessandro Michele's Gucci. It's only natural that the legs now get a look in.
From workwear derivatives by Jacquemus to the conceptual and the downright avant-garde, this roundup exhibits the full range of flares and wide pants that we've got our eyes on right now.
Shop our favorite wide pants below.
9M Printed Painter Pant
9M's Painter Pants go above and beyond the call of duty. The super-relaxed fit sees aesthetic upgrades in the form of paint splatters throughout for an exaggerated, worn-in look.
Jacquemus Bellu Pants
Jacquemus keeps things workwear-oriented but opts for a much cleaner approach to the style. The Bellu Pants feature reinforced panels to the knees and thighs in beige with combines smoothly with the clean, white backdrop.
UNDERCOVER Cotton Cargo Pants
Japanese streetwear giant UNDERCOVER tries its hand at ravewear with this pair of pastel-clue cargos. Complete with tie fastenings down the side of each leg, the focus is firmly on the loose fit.
Jacquemus Pink Le Pantalon Cavaou Trousers
Standing in stark contrast to the earlier Jacquemus selection, Le Pantalon Cavaou is resplendent in electric pink and falls ethereally from pleats at the waistline for dramatic movement.
CHEN PENG Caterpillar Quilting Trousers
CHEN PENG gets technical with a host of drawstring fastenings and engineered satin construction. Adjust the silhouette of this pair but tightening toggle fastenings down each leg, or leave them to shine in their natural, ballooning glory.
Marni Waxed Corduroy Trousers
Marni never ceases to fascinate with its head-turning color palettes and materials. This pair of flared trousers are cut from a waxed corduroy fabric which is as mind-boggling as it sounds.
Hyein Seo Hoodie Pants
Hyein Seo's Hoodie Pants are, as the name suggests, both a hoodie and a pair of pants in one amazing, oversized package. A detachable hoodie can be worn or hung from the waistband for visual impact.
NULABEL Wide Leg Trousers
Formerly PORTVEL, NULABEL is the Tokyo label mashing cutting-edge design together with traditional style. This pair of wide-leg pants are characterized by a large waistband and features two punctuating pockets that structure the unorthodox shape.
Cookman Denim Chef Pant
This pair of chef pants come brimming with '90s skate-style appeal thanks to a lightweight denim construction.
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