3 Ways to Wear:
Big pants equal big fits
The wide pant has seen a massive resurgence as of late, and for good reason. The style is easy to wear, has a timeless quality and, more importantly, is extremely comfortable—which is why it's skyrocketed on the sartorial priority chart. No need to be intimidated. There are plenty of ways to go big this fall, ranging from formal to formless, even for the guy who hasn't tested the wide-leg waters yet. Stick to a few rules of thumb when opting for the wider styles. Pleats are your friend, adding depth and texture to any trouser. Likewise, lean into a fully relaxed fit—a roomy button down pairs nicely with billowy bottoms, so long as you're not swallowed by either. Finally, don't be afraid to experiment! Big pants give you a great jumping off point to craft a curiously contrasting 'fit. We've highlighted some of our favorite ways to wear big pants this fall. Take this as your jumping off point.
How to WearWide Pants in 2021
The wide-legged, adventure-style, cargo pants are a great place to start if you’re looking to try out the mega-width movement. Wide pants look right at home on the trails—after all, the best hiking bottoms offer gracious amounts of room for uninhibited mobility. Look for ways to sneak in some outdoorsy flair to your otherwise neutral bottoms—a fun hat or sick sneakers can add a little something to the huge hiking pants.
1) Cut-off cargo pant, $65 by Dickies
2) Karuna T-shirt, $80 by District Vision
3) Reversible bucket hat, $59 by Gramicci
4) Gamma SL hoodie,
$225 / $179.93 by Arc'teryx
5) Beatnik sandals, $120 by Reebok
We finally live in a world where guys know that there’s more to dressing than a bland polo and ill-fitting jeans, so take full advantage. If you’re ready for an elevated take on the wide leg pant, try a relaxed but dressier trouser, like the Bank Pant from Adsum. The best have drawstrings or an elastic waistband for maximum comfort, and are easy to dress up. An eye-catching camp collar and leather loafers is the perfect on-trend treatment for your newfound wide-pant appreciation.
1) Bank pant, $150 by Adsum
2) Painted check silk shirt, $160 by Stüssy
3) Mason horse bit loafer, $325 by Blackstock & Weber
4) Wicked Shoppah tote, $24.95 by L.L. Bean
5) Supima cotton wide-ribbed socks, $4.90 by UNIQLO
All You Need
Prep has long embraced the big pant as one of its core styles, and we at Valet. can’t recommend it enough. It takes some commitment—knit sweaters or cardigans, Oxford cloth button-downs and all-leather accessories—but the end result is a perfect balance between casual and cultured, smart and suave. The trick here is to pay close attention to details: a stitch here or a fabric choice there makes all the difference.
Unlike most slim pants, the structure and width of a wide pant provides the unique opportunity to go the cropped route. If you’ve got some sneakers or loafers you really want to show off, or if you’re a tall king trying to pull off the wide-legged look, this ones for you.
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