Puddle Pants Have Officially Replaced My Jeans—7 Looks I'm Backing

At 5'3", I've always gravitated towards cropped pants. My tailor was my best friend, and I even used my high school sewing skills to hem items when I was on a time crunch. It's not that I don't love the look of puddle pants—they add this effortless touch to an outfit that I truly admire. And as a modest dresser, the sartorial shift towards looser and baggier silhouettes is a happy change. But being short, I was unsure as to how they'd look on me. Turns out, I just wasn't styling them correctly. After taking notes from the fashion set, I was able to start incorporating the style into my everyday wardrobe flawlessly. Since the style is a bit baggier, it takes a little bit more thinking to play around with silhouettes and proportion. What once was something I was too afraid to wear now has become what I reach for almost every day—more than my favourite jeans, too.

Don't worry, I'm not getting rid of my cropped pants entirely, but I like that I now have a variety of lengths to work with in my wardrobe. If you too have been wondering how to style a pair of full-length trousers, I rounded up the looks that inspired me. Keep scrolling to see the looks and shop the best puddle pants on the market right now. 



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Sometimes a matching suit can look too office-like, so I love how this suiting look offers two different tones. With both blazer and pants having a loose silhouette, the fitted bodysuit and cinched belt offer the perfect final touch.



This outfit may look easy to put together but it will still look like you put in a lot of effort in the morning. All you'll need is your favourite tee and go-to jacket. 


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I'm always afraid to don many layers, but this look inspired me. The difference in lengths makes the outfit look more interesting. 


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Even though this outfit is just a jumper and trousers, the silky texture of the trousers really seals the deal. I'm finally adding a pair to my cart.


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If you're all about cozy vibes, this outfit is for you. I know Uggs are meant to be casual shoes, but I couldn't imagine this outfit without them. 


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Another suiting look I'll definitely be copying soon. All pieces are in the same cream-coloured genre but have the slightest difference that makes them look more eclectic. To top it all off, a pair of vintage-style sneakers finish it off with a cool touch.


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If you're brave enough, go with baggy everything. A sweater scarf on top will make it look more put together.

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This post was previously published and has since been updated.

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.