Fashion Trends: Peg leg trousers


We touched on this subject earlier this month when we discussed Miss Selfridge’s carrot leg jeans, but we thought the topic was worth revisiting because there’s more than just a single pair of jeans involved here, folks. Those so-called “carrot legs” weren’t just a one off: the more popular current term for the style is the “peg leg”, and this “peg leg” is being touted by the fashion press as “the look of the season”.

So, what do we think of it?

Well, in reference to the jeans, we called it the “mom” jean. It’s basically a tapered, cropped leg, topped off by a generally pleated front, with some volume around the hips. It’s the “volume around the hips” bit that worries us. We, you see, don’t really need any extra volume around the hips, and while we haven’t actually tried any peg legs on for size, so to speak, we can’t help but feel that if we did, we probably wouldn’t really want to look in the mirror too long afterwards.

Still, this look is one we’re probably going to be seeing more of, so next time we’re out shopping we may just have to grab a pair of “pegs” and try them on, just to see if our suspicions are correct, you understand.

What about you, though? Is this a look you’re willing to try, or is yet another style that would have been better off left back in the 80s?


  • September 22, 2008


    These are gonna be a “what were you thinking” thing in the near future. I was out shopping the other day and noticed all these women in tapered leg pants and they just looked dowdy and old fas….no, not even fashioned, because fashion was never an issue with these people. Just old. There is no difference between these pants and those pants. The only difference is who’s wearing them. And that’s not enough to make it acceptable to me.

  • September 22, 2008


    No option for me. It’s not like I’d need any more volume around the hips anyway… As long as there is an alternative, why should you consider wearing pants as unflattering as these?

  • September 22, 2008


    I’d be willing to at least try on the D.P. version – my hips are on the slim side so I can afford to look a little curvier there. The other two look very dowdy though.
    It’s an unfortunate trend though, as it’s likely to be very unflattering on most women.

  • September 22, 2008

    Janet C

    I will do the same thing this time around as I did last time. I’ll cling wholeheartedly to my hip-height, non-pleated, flare-leg jeans until I am the only one in my town to still be wearing them. And even then I’ll doggedly continue. I HATE that big-at-the-butt, skinny-calf look. I’m short and curvy, and all those peg leg jeans do is make me look even shorter and even curvier (and not in a good way like Jane Mansfield or Marilyn Monroe).

  • September 22, 2008


    I just don’t get this whole 80s revival! It was bad enough when we had to go through the 80s the first time round! I was a child at the time, and I still have fashion trauma from them! No one looked good in the 80s! When will people realize that and stop digging them up?? Just take a look at your pictures from the period, and ask yourself if you wanna look like that again. And as for these trousers, they’re just a step away from hammer pants – and quite a small step too!

  • April 27, 2009


    I absolutely love this style!! I’m tall and wear a size 10, so not very curvy and my hips aren’t esp. wide or sthing… But thing is, here in the Netherlands these pants are hard to find, or we’re stuck with the shorter styles as seen in H&M… So when i was in Paris I bought a very nice cuffed pair with normal length in kaki…I think I have to head over to London to find some good ones!