5 Different Ways to Wear Wide-Leg Jeans, According to Fashion Editors

All the Ways to Wear is a monthly series where we round up the personal twists the Who What Wear team is putting on one particular item, style, or trend. Whether it's the trending denim of the moment or the season's It print, we hope to inspire your daily outfits and up the cost per wear on some of our favorite items.

I've mentioned this before, but I've always been a skinny/straight-leg jean girl. For some reason, wide-leg silhouettes have always made me nervous because I've convinced myself I'm too short to wear a leg opening that doesn't graze my ankle. That was until I discovered the bevy of wide-leg jeans Levi's has to offer and took the plunge to try on a pair. The result? I'm basically mad at myself because I've been missing out on this extra-chic jean style this entire time.

My co-workers on both coasts have been nailing the wide-leg-jean game for quite some time, so naturally, I looked to them for some guidance on all the ways to wear the jean style, and they did not disappoint. From NYC-girls’ lace tops and pink bags to the tie-dye essentials worn by L.A. girls, here’s what they (and I!) wore.


Lauren Eggertsen, Senior Fashion Editor

new york city street style




I'm excited to style a pair of black wide-leg jeans the way my super-stylish co-worker Lauren did this season. With a lace top and a white bag, this look screams NYC street style.

Michaela Bushkin, Senior Fashion Editor

plaid blazer




I'm taking notes from my NYC counterpart Michaela when we're ready to head back into the office. What I really love about this look is how she styled her Ribcage Wide Leg jeans with sneakers rather than a heeled shoe. It's practical and stylish—a perfect spring look.

Jasmine Fox-Suliaman, Audience Engagement Editor


When I'm ready to take the plunge and go full wide leg, I'll be looking to Jasmine for some inspiration. Our New York-based Audience Engagement Editor styled her High Loose jeans with a pair of crystal-embellished heels and an always-classic white button-down blouse. Want to add a pop of color? A pink bag will do.

Nicole Shoohed, Senior Social Strategy Manager


If you're ever looking for Nicole, just keep an eye out for someone clicking around in a pair of Chanel flats. The L.A.-based social-media strategist and dear friend of mine picked the Balloon Leg jean in a dark wash, and because she's petite, the jeans fit a little longer on her. Nicole's style tends to be more casual and effortless, so she paired her jeans with a cropped tie-dye shirt and an oversize shoulder bag.

Nayiri Mampourian, Senior Fashion Editor

puff sleeve blouse




Okay, here I am debuting my first-ever (!!!) wide-leg jean purchase. What I love about these Levi's Balloon Jeans is that they fit your hips much like straight-leg jeans do, but you still get the wide-leg silhouette. It's the best of both worlds, and the perfect wide-leg for beginners like me. I wore mine with a puff-sleeve blouse and strappy heels.