Sorry to All My Jeans—I'm Preferring These High-Waisted Wide-Leg Pants Instead

I've always been drawn to wide-leg pants not only because they're comfortable, but being a modest dresser, I preferred clothing items that had a more relaxed fit. I also can't fail to mention that I grew up loving '90s style, so I just think they looked (and felt) cooler. Even in high school when skinny jeans were all the rage, I scoured through thrift stores and the mall for pants that fit wide on the leg and would have my mom take in the waist. They're the backbone of my wardrobe, and while I love jeans for specific outfits, I haven't relied on them as heavily as I've been relying on more relaxed pants, because in my honest opinion, I think the latter is easier to style and look more elevated, too. 

Below, I've rounded up four wide-leg and high-waisted styles I love along with how I've been wearing them recently and shoppable options if you want to join in on the fun, too. From patterned to leather pairs, I won't be straying away from these anytime soon when it comes to my day-to-day ensembles. 


Comfy and Cozy
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A knit or fleece wide-leg pant has been my favorite alternative to jeans because of the comfort all around from the fit to feel.


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With more faux and relaxed versions coming on the market, it's much easier to get the luxe look leather gives to your outfit.


Pant Pop
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When I want to add a funky element to my outfit, a pair of pants with a unique print or pop of color is my go-to, because 


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While most people might be drawn to pair jeans with everything, I think a pair of neutral-toned wide-leg trousers are the ultimate staple everyone should own.

Associate Fashion Editor
Yusra Siddiqui is an editor who resides in New Jersey but bounces between the suburbs and NYC. (She's a Jersey girl at heart.) After interning at Who What Wear in 2019, she found her way to the team after graduating from LIM College in 2022 with a fashion media degree. She's also spent time writing and working for publications such as Fashionista, Coveteur, and Nylon, but she always knew that Who What Wear was where she was meant to be. When she's on the job, she's perusing runway shows, analyzing the latest thing fellow Gen Zers are up to on the internet, and sharing what she can about the modest-fashion market. You can also catch her dabbling in entertainment, talking about the costume choices of the latest Netflix series or diving deeper into how the plotline affects the viewers in a myriad of ways. Lastly, she likes to create content for Who What Wear's TikTok. Her personal time is spent doing similar but also different things—deep diving into almost every new TV show (Bridgerton, Gilmore Girls, and Stranger Things are favorites), planning her next local getaway (whenever that may be), and reading the latest Emily Henry or Sally Rooney novel in one sitting.