The Wide Leg; 2019
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For a few seasons now, the fashion world has encompassed a version of a ‘90s classic silhouette; those enormously wide jeans which were cherished by the ravers of this era. JNCO was a brand renowned for this style of a much fuller trouser cut. They were the protagonist and leader for such a profile, and therefore, the brand to be seen in on the hard-core 90s club scene. Standing for “Judge None Choose One,” the company went out of business in 2018, however, despite this, the legend continues to live on.
If your hadn’t noticed, designers have been exhibiting anything but skinny cuts on the runway lately. Labels such as Demna Gvasalia and Linder have not only embraced the baggy, wide legged look, but also encompassed another 90s fashion fad; the archetypal boot-cut.
An additional positive with such a fuller appearance is the appeal it maintains to a wide range of age groups. After all, not everyone is a fan of super skinny fabric, and some fashion patricians are a tad discomfited to don such a form. However, the wider leg is materialising more frequently especially on the red carpet and even certain legendary Hollywood stars have been spotted donning such cuts. In fact, the iconic actress Diane Keaton has even posted on her social media wearing the afore mentioned classic JNCO style!
Ironically, Ms Keaton has always been a style icon; her movie Annie Hall is renowned for its innovative costumes and her character’s wardrobe actually created a change to the formula of women’s tailoring. Actually, tailoring developed a whole new persona thanks to this film as women all over the world took on the androgynous look by copying Annie Hall’s style of the baggy silhouette. It was the power suit of the decade and therefore a perfect example of how movies and their costume department can create a domino effect within the fashion realms.
Another wider leg contender for 2019 comes in the form of culottes, more of a 80s resurrection and already a firm favourite on the high street. We are seeing repercussions of Aztec prints and Malibu patterns that were the highlight of the decade, but for 2019 its also about texture and length so calf hitting cord is high on the agenda. Obviously, with such a style, the versatility is vast from office to evening looks being a simple task; will we being seeing such a cut in the form of velvet come this A/W I wonder?
Personally, I have become a huge fan of paper bag pants. At first, as with most trends that suddenly appear, it took me a while to succumb, but now for me it could easily develop into a daily occurrence. Notably, with the attention on the waist, this brings it in forming a flattering silhouette and naturally, they are incredibly comfortable.
Last and certainly not least, the palazzo pant is probably the widest and most comfy of them all. We are focusing on the waist again and with the added length, this produces a complimentary profile. A perfect choice for summer weather as the style works best with lighter fabrics, and of course, one can bring a sunny vibe through the choice of finishes available.
Therefore, derived from such conjecture, we should be a lot cooler donning pantaloons that are lighter and looser as we enter the period of warmer weather. Designers are continuously producing versions of the wider leg, which has caused an outstanding effect on the silhouette of tailoring, as new and adventurous pieces are being crafted. Furthermore, innovative approaches and novel brands are appearing all the time, encouragingly changing the framework of fashion today in much positive behaviour. There really are some beautiful, sustainable and unique pieces developing over the next few seasons; watch this space.
Victoria Tozzi Lidster xx
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