I’m 5’2 and I’ve Figured Out How to Wear This Difficult Trouser Trend

I’ve been a fashion editor for many years now and one of my favourite items of clothing that I always turn to when I want to look put-together is wide-leg trousers. The only problem is, I’m 5’2 (just) and it’s often a difficult balancing act between looking chic and looking swamped. Find the right pair though, and this pants style works wonders for leg lengthening, making you appear taller and, I always think, smarter. 

It took me a long time to discover the joys of this trend though. Being on the shorter side meant I avoided them like the plague, ogling from afar at tall girls wearing them in the office or at fashion week. It was only when I was forced into a pair for an event and was showered with compliments that I became determined to make the trend work for me and my petite frame.

Yes, it takes a lot of trying to find the perfect shape (not too flared, not too long, pockets are always a plus) but I learnt that it’s really all in the styling as well. Wide-legs look great with trainers but unless you’re 6ft the likelihood is you’ll get soggy hems if you step out in the rain. Heels, high ones, work for an evening look. But, of course, we all know our highest heels aren’t a realistic option for long days of meetings or being out and about, especially in London. So I’ve landed on wearing them with heeled ankle boots which add height and sophistication without the pain— perfect!  

My ultimate tips? Try out the petite sections first— anywhere with an option to choose a shorter leg length saves a lot of hassle. M&S and ASOS impress me the most. But don’t let that stop you shopping elsewhere— Zara and Mango trousers are often much too long in the leg for me, but make friends with your local tailor or download the Sojo app and you’re options are endless. Our favourite petite influencer Monikh swears by alterations.

Lastly, if you’re shopping online from non-petite collections, don’t be fooled by the length of the trousers on the model—  I always look for styles that look slightly cropped on them, which means they’ll hit the floor nicely for me. Take these pink trousers above as an example. 

Keep scrolling for some wide-leg trouser outfit inspiration, and then shop some of the best styles for petites… 

Style Notes: As a chic alternative to black, try chocolate brown. 

Style Notes: H&M is easily the best high street destination for excellent value trousers. 

Style Notes: Pair white wide leg trousers with a crisp white shirt for a refined look. 

Style Notes: Go bold with Arket’s green Hopsack trousers and why not try the matching blazer too?

Style Notes: Nothing says understated chic better than a smart navy trouser. 

Style Notes: These are the trousers I have on in the image above— note how they sit cropped on the model but full length on my 5’2 frame. 

Style Notes: These will be a great spring option. 

Style Notes: These classic camel trousers have shorter leg length option. 

Style Notes: Lilac is going to be a big colour for spring. 

Style Notes: Leather wide-leg trousers are an excellent option for evening plans. 

Style Notes: Topshop has always done excellent petite clothing, luckily you can still find the line on ASOS. 

Style Notes: Because these are petite it’s likely the length will be better to wear with flat shoes like trainers to perfect that slouchy look. 

Style Notes: Now you know you can wear wide-leg trousers, why not think outside the box and opt for a knitted pair. 

Style Notes: A sporty side-stripe trouser will always be a capsule wardrobe essential. 

Style Notes: I bought these in summer as the linen fabric makes them a great option for looking smart in warmer weather. They were so good I went back and bought the cream pair too. 

Style Notes: Nasty Gal also has great petite options. 

Style Notes: If you want to be sure your trousers aren’t dragging on the floor, choose a more cropped style like this Totême pair. 

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