The 20 Best Wide Leg Jeans for Women to Wear in 2022

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The best wide leg jeans are in the eye of the customer. Denim preferences are very subjective, from the feel of the fabric to the exact leg width. Personally, I’ve never met two people who like the exact same pair, let alone the same brand.

Denim experts agree that the best wide leg jeans are both more comfortable and more versatile than other fits. Joyce Lee, SVP of design at Madewell, says durable pairs have a lengthening effect. “There are so many great attributes on wide legs now that you can find what’s most flattering for your body type,” she says. “I love the taller sizes with a full length inseam which really create that long leg look.”

Sarah Ahmed, co-founder and creative director at DL1961, and founder of Warp + Weft, encourages you to explore your fit and feel options. “Make sure your jeans fit well, because any pulling or sagging will only get worse over time,” she says. “The most important, [jeans] should be comfortable and make you feel good.” Inseam length, curved waistbands and carefully placed pockets can make or break the fit, she adds.

When it’s time to create an outfit, wide jeans are put together with just a few basics. Lee often tucks the front of a simple t-shirt or sweatshirt into his pairs, then layers from there. “Adding a blazer over it or dressing up an oversized shirt always does the trick,” she says. “To pull it all together, I stick with a sneaker for a more relaxed fit or a sandal, ankle boot, or loafer for a polished feel.”

Once you’ve found your dream figure, “the right pair of wide-leg jeans can be worn effortlessly,” says Ahmed. Whether you’re cropped or loose, high or low rise, your best wide leg jeans are waiting for you.

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Best Wide Leg Jeans: The Palazzo Jean

When you want your wide jeans to work overtime, a palazzo fit is a must. These pairs have long inseams and a higher rise for a professional yet casual look and feel.

Annina Organic Wide Leg High Rise Jeans

Wide blue jeans in raw denim

Straight Rise Raw Hem Palazzo Jeans

Best wide-leg jeans: The high-rise wide-leg model

Everyday wide leg jeans start with a high waist and a moderately loose leg. Medium volumes are more classic than contemporary, so if the moment for baggy jeans passes, you’ll still be wearing the following pairs.

The perfect vintage wide leg jeans

High waist wide leg jeans

Best Wide Leg Jeans: Cropped Wide Leg Jeans

Wide and cropped jeans are our go-to for tough days between seasons. They’re as fluid with tank tops and tees in late August as they are with cable knits and leather boots in November.

The Tomcat Roller Raw Hem Wide Leg Jeans

Hepburn vintage high waisted wide leg

Best wide-leg jeans: The relaxed wide-leg jeans

For wide-leg jeans with a hint of nostalgia, try a relaxed full-leg pair with a low-to-mid rise. “I love the looser cuts that bring us back to 90s and 2000 fashion,” confirms Ahmed. Try a collarless tweed jacket for some juxtaposition, or lean into volume with an oversized outfit.

Zoie Wide Leg Casual Vintage

Best Wide Leg Jeans: Distressed Jeans

Take your wide leg denim in a relaxed, vintage direction with distressed stitching along the front and sides. You can increase or decrease the rips between the brands, then pair them with a structured top or elevated accessories for added balance.

Super Wide Leg Jeans in Amcliffe Wash: Knee-Rip Edition

AGOLDE ’90s Ripped Loose Fit Jeans in Washed Black with Damage at Nordstrom, Size 26

Distressed Straight Jeans

Distressed Odessa Wide Leg Jeans

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