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Dressing Room Diaries-Wide-Leg Pants Try On Session

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We’ve all read that the skinny jean is taking a back seat to wider legs going forward. I’m happy with that, but many ladies aren’t fond of the shape. The truth is, wide-leg pants vary from palazzo to just slightly wider than a straight leg, and there’s a silhouette for every woman. Today I’m styling some Anthropologie wide-ish leg pants, including a pair called culottes. remember them?

If you’re new here, welcome. A dressing room diary is when I go into a local store for a try-on session so you can see what’s new and how it looks on a woman over 25. For reference, I am 5’4″ and weigh around 134 lbs. I have broad shoulders with straight hips, a long torso, and long arms, so I often buy one size larger on top. You’ll see me try on clothes in colors and shapes that may or may not flatter me because I want you to see what’s in the stores and get some styling ideas. I tell you what sizes I am wearing to help you understand how things run.

Culottes

woman wearing white culottes and black tee
CLASSIC V-NECK TEE / PAIGE NELLIE MID-RISE CROPPED  CULOTTES

Let me start with the obvious, with an inseam of 26.5″, these cropped culottes are virtually full length on me (which I like). They’re by Paige, which is a new favorite brand for me. They have a 10.75″ rise, which they’re labeling as mid-rise, but this seems closer to a high-rise. The leg opening is 19.5″, which is wide but not over the top. I love when brands give us all this data so we can make informed choices when shopping online. They’re cotton with elastane and come in sizes 23-32. I am wearing a 28 and they run TTS. If I needed another pair of white jeans, I would have bought these.

woman wearing anthropologie culottes
CROPPED TRENCH COAT

I styled them here with the cutest cropped trench coat. Most wide-leg jeans and pants have a high waist which looks proportional worn with a shorter top. This is a lightweight fabric you could toss over a summer dress or wear for warmer fall days. The color is honey, the fabric is a rayon blend. It comes in sizes  XXS-XL and is 19″ long. I’m wearing a small and think it runs large.

Wide-Leg Pants – Colette Style

jennifer connolly of a well styled liofe wearing ponte knit wide leg pants and cropped trench coat
PONTE PANTS

These are the Colette-style pant in mid-weight stretchy ponte knit. Anthropologie makes this style in a myriad of fabrics and colors because they’re flattering and very popular. They come in standard, petite, tall, and plus in sizes 24P-26W. Here are the measurements:

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Standard:
  • 12.75″ rise
  • 26″ inseam
  • 10.75″ leg opening
Petites:
  • 11.75″ rise
  • 24″ inseam
  • 10.75″ leg opening
Plus:
  • 12.25″ rise
  • 12″ inseam
  • 25″ leg opening

With all this info, I find it strange that no measurements are given for the talls, but they are given for the pants below. I’m wearing a 28 standard.

cotton blend yellow wide leg pants and white tee on woman
SPLICED NECK WHITE TEE / COLETTE CROPPED WIDE-LEG PANTS

The shape of these pants doesn’t differ appreciably from the first pair of white culottes, and the leg is narrower than the ponte pair above, yet these are labeled wide-leg. They have the same high-rise and patch pockets in lightweight viscose, linen, cotton, and elastane blend that’s perfect for summer. Here are their dimensions which do include the tall:

Standard:
  • 12.5″ rise
  • 26″ inseam
  • 10.5″ leg opening
Petites:
  • 12″ rise
  • 24″ inseam
  • 10.5″ leg opening
Plus:
  • 12.5″ rise
  • 25″ inseam
  • 12.5″ leg opening
Tall
  • 12″ rise
  • 29″ inseam
  • 10.5″ leg opening

I’m wearing a standard 28 and think they run TTS. The white tee above comes in 7 colors in standard, petite, and plus sizes XXS-3X. I am wearing a standard small.

LONG SLEEVE BUTTONDOWN SHIRT / FAUX LEATHER COLETTE PANTS

I loved the feel and fit of these faux leather Colette pants. Most “vegan” leather shows every lump and bump, but this silhouette glides over your legs, so they look sleek and polished. These are buy-now, wear-later pants that I suspect will sell out fast because they’re very wearable and modern looking.

The blue shirt is a classic linen and cotton button-down that comes in 4 colors, sizes XXS-XL. I am wearing an XS, and it’s plenty roomy. The three other colors come in petite and plus sizes here.

The pants are a machine washable rayon/spandex blend that would be hot to wear now unless you live near the ocean but will be cozy this fall with flats or ankle boots. The sizing is the same as all the Colette pants in standard, petite, tall, and plus. I am wearing the standard 28. The reviews say these run large, and some say they run small. I tried on the 27 but prefer the fit of the 28, so they run TTS in my view.

women wearing wide leg cropped faux leather pants

I went back the following day and tried them with this feminine peasant blouse. The juxtaposition of these two styles is interesting. It comes in standard, petite, and plus. I’m wearing a standard small. This is a horrible shape on me but would be fabulous for women who are looking to add volume on top to balance wider hips. I bought the pants in a 28…I just couldn’t resist.

Wide-Leg Pants – Skipper Style

The Pilcro Skipper has a straight fit, high-rise, and patch pockets in the front and back. It’s also a very popular silhouette that they make in varying lengths and fabrics. I am wearing a 28 standard in all of these.

anthropologie colette wide leg pant and casual shirt
VOILE SHIRT / SKIPPER JEAN

This is the Skipper jean in dark denim with no whiskering, fading, or distressing. The shape is similar to the Colette but with these dimensions:

Standard:
  • 12.75″ rise
  • 26″ inseam
  • 10.5″ leg opening
Petite:
  • 12.5″ rise
  • 24″ inseam
  • 10.5″ leg opening
Tall:
  • 13″ rise
  • 29″ inseam
  • 10.5″ leg opening
Plus:
  • 12.75″ rise
  • 25″ inseam
  • 12.75″ leg opening

The fabric is 81% cotton, 11% lyocell, 6% polyester, 2% elastane, and feels amazing on. I like this deep wash which shows no stitching or hemline. The shirt is called a surf shirt, and the Ikat print is bluer in person. It comes in standard, petite, and plus with lengths of  23.75″ for standard, 22″ for petite, and 28.25″ for plus.

Here’s the skipper jean in a medium denim blue worn with wash with a navy henley sweater. Because the paler wash shows the hemline and stitching, it highlights the length and looks more cropped to me. It also has a more casual vibe.

Here’s the same skipper jean, this time with a cropped cardigan that’s 19″ long. These high-waisted jeans and pants are the perfect proportion to wear with the shorter, cropped tops I’m seeing everywhere.

Bootcut Jeans

MAEVE SURF SHIRT / PILCRO DEMILUNE BOOTCUT JEANS

This button-down surf shirt has a very unique split back that I didn’t notice until I hung it back on the hanger 🙂 The bootcut jeans fit beautifully. Me being me would likely wear the shirt over a tank top which probably defeats the purpose. I’m actually not sure what the purpose is except ventilation. Any ideas, ladies?

The bootcut jeans come in standard, petite, tall, and plus, sizes 24P,- 26W, and 33T. Their dimensions are:

Standard:
  • 9.5″ rise
  • 30.5″ inseam
  • 9.75″ leg opening
Petites:
  • 9″ rise
  • 28.5″ inseam
  • 9.75″ leg opening
Plus:
  • 10.75″ rise
  • 33.5″ inseam
  • 9.75″ leg opening
Tall
  • 9.75″ rise
  • 33.5″ inseam
  • 9.75″ leg opening

I’m wearing the standard in a 28. They have a nice pale blue wash and a slim silhouette. The fabric is soft, stretchy, and comfy.

I seldom find clothes for myself at my local Anthropologie because their stock seems to cater to younger women. This downtown Vancouver store was filled with women my age, and the stock reflected that. I’m pleased to find Anthropologie carries sizes to fit more women than many retailers do. They may not be available in your local store, but at least you can order them online.

When’s the last time you wore faux leather pants?

Thanks for reading and remember to wear what makes you feel confident.

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