LifestyleStyle Wide-leg pants a welcome update for spring Karen Walker's spring-ready pants ($350), print sweater ($205) and cropped parka ($405) make for a colorful, fun weekend look this season; at karenwalker.com Photo Credit: Karen Walker By JULIE GORDON @jbgordon March 18, 2014 10:37 AM Print Share fbShare Tweet Email After a long, snowy winter filled with cozy sweaters and too much comfort food, the last thing most women want to do is shimmy into a pair of body-hugging bottoms. But there’s no need to get a fashion-induced headache. Wide-leg pants are making a major comeback, creating a flattering and on-trend look this season. “It’s fresh,” said Heidi Hoelzer, vice president and general merchandise manager of Scoop boutiques. “The new silhouette is a welcome update.” Designers from Michael Kors to Phillip Lim embraced the shape in their spring 2014 collections, with a bevy of retailers following suit. Wide-leg pants are loved for their easy, breezy style, as well as their comfort, since wide-leg trousers simply slide over the body, unlike skinnier silhouettes. “These pants are super-light and comfortable,” said Melloney Birkett, Banana Republic’s vice president of women’s design. They can also be flattering: The key is creating a long, lean line from head to toe and elongating the leg. One way to do so is by fashioning a monochrome outfit; for example, wear all black, white, khaki or even red or a pastel — just mix up the textures and fabrics so you don’t look too matchy-matchy. Or, if you prefer print pants, choose a pair with a dark base print or a vertical stripe. Heels are also a must: “If your hem goes to the floor you can hide wedges or platforms and you look that much taller,” Hoelzer said. Stacey Bendet, designer of alice + olivia, agreed. “[Wide-leg pants] elongate the leg and are so sexy,” she said. WEAR THE TREND: One of spring’s hottest – and most daring – trends, the crop top, looks oh-so stylish with a pair of wide-leg pants. Birkett said a short sweater paired with wide-leg pants “defines the waist and will allow you to show off your figure and be right on trend.” A cropped jacket and a tucked-in top also creates the same effect. Just be wary of showing too much skin, said Hoelzer, adding that the pants and the crop top should just barely meet. “Leave a bit of mystery,” she said. “Don’t over-expose.” By JULIE GORDON @jbgordon Julie Gordon is the entertainment and style editor at amNewYork, specializing in all things pop culture, celebrity news and fashion. Her work has also appeared in publications including BusinessWeek, Newsday and USA Today. She is a proud alum of The George Washington University. Share on Facebook Share on Twitter Comments We're revamping our Comments section. Learn more and share your input.