5 Ways to Wear Pedal Pushers That Will Make You Rethink Wide-Leg Trousers

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Well, we didn't see it coming, but pedal pushers have turned out to be one of the biggest trouser trends to come out of 2024 thus far. Just when we thought that cargo pants would be the only nostalgic throwback to get a second chance at gracing our legs, the calf-hugging capri is attempting to work its way back into our wardrobes. How do you wear pedal pushers without feeling like a teenager? We've got the answer. 

After looking up runway references and scouring street style images, the consensus seems to be that we can style these trousers in much the same way we would treat skinny jeans or leggings. That is, it's all about playing with proportions. 

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Twenty years ago we might have been happy to throw on a baby tee or a halterneck with our pedal pushers, but the 2024 way to elevate the look is with longline tops, boxy jackets and polished accessories—think high/low luxury styling. For me, the winning formula is as simple as a boxy blazer, a white tee, pedal pushers and kitten-heel mules, but there's a dressy outfit for every style, and as a rule of thumb, if it looks good with leggings, it'll work for pedal pushers too. 

So, should your interest in pedal pushers be piqued and you're wondering how to make them work for weekends, work and play, keep scrolling for five ways to wear pedal pushers this year. 

1. OVERSIZED JUMPER + PEDAL-PUSHER JEANS + SLINGBACKS

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Style Notes: In this chilly in-between whilst we wait for spring to blossom, we're still wearing winter knits with everything, and a chunky, slouchy knit is perfect with a pair of pedal pushers, dressed up with some glossy slingbacks. Screenshot this for your next office outfit. 

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2. DENIM JACKET + WHITE TEE + LEGGINGS + MULES

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Style Notes: Everyone has a denim jacket in their wardrobe, and throwing it over a simple white tee and leggings is the easy to way to style up a lazy weekend 'fit. Just add mules to take the look from loungewear to lunch date. 

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3. OXFORD SHIRT + CREW-NECK JUMPER + PEDAL-PUSHER LEGGINGS + BALLET FLATS

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Style Notes: When the day gets off to a cold start but warms up in the afternoon, shoulder-robe a classic navy knit over an Oxford shirt. The bigger the better, so size up your button-down for a loose fit. Swapping out chunky loafers for a pair of cute ballet flats will keep things light—the ideal option for spring. 

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4. FAUX-FUR COAT + CAPRI JEANS + LOAFERS 

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Style Notes: Whether you call it "loud luxury" or the "mob wife" aesthetic, opulent outfits are taking over socials, and the easiest way to nod to the trend is with a fluffy faux-fur coat and a great tote bag, as seen on the streets of Milan. Extra points if you add retro gold jewellery and pointed-toe shoes. Ciao, bella. 

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5. TRACK TOP + PEDAL-PUSHER LEGGINGS + TRAINERS + DUFFLE BAG

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Style Notes: Just like full-length leggings, pedal pushers lend themselves well to athleisure practicality. When you want more coverage than shorts but still need room for movement, throw a pair of cropped training leggings into your gym bag. They'll look just as good on the treadmill as they will in the airport, at home, running errands… the styling possibilities are endless. 

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Next Up: The '90s Called—This Nostalgic Trouser Trend Is Back and Could Replace Leggings

Remy Farrell
Fashion Editor

Remy Farrell is a London-based shopping editor with nearly 10 years of editorial experience covering fashion, beauty and lifestyle. After graduating with a journalism degree and working on the editorial and fashion teams for titles such as Grazia, Elle, Cosmopolitan and British Vogue, she moved into the luxury e-commerce sector, working as fashion assistant at TheOutnet.com styling for the social media channels and helping to develop the collections for the in-house brand Iris & Ink. After expanding an assisting and styling portfolio that includes shooting talent such as Gigi Hadid, Victoria Beckham and Miquita Oliver, she also branched out into beauty, creating tried-and-tested reviews and diverse beauty content.

In her role as shopping editor at Who What Wear, Remy is interested in discovering new and exciting brands to share with the Who What Wear readership and particularly loves uncovering hidden gems at affordable prices to make shopping accessible to everyone.

Born and raised in Sheffield, Yorkshire, Remy moved to London in 2014 and lives in the Docklands with her partner and pug Billie.