Trends on Trial | Baggy Trousers

This season, ZARA is carrying a lot of stuff like this:

ZARA autumn 2014 trouaers

ZARA autumn 2014 trouaers

ZARA autumn 2014 trouaers

ZARA autumn 2014 trouaers

All items: ZARA

And, OK, they’re not all “baggy”. Not exactly. Some are just stretchy. And have obviously been victimized by our old enemy, The Foot Snatcher.  Others, meanwhile, look a lot like sleepwear, or yoga pants, or some other kind of “not necessarily intended to be worn as a fashion statement… or as outdoor clothes” garments.

These ARE meant to be worn out of doors, and they’re quite a departure from the usual round of super-skinny jeans and leggings-as-pants which have reigned supreme over the fashion world for years now, so we naturally want to know what you think of them. To take the case for the defence first, we guess you could argue that:

♦  They look REALLY comfortable.

♦  Er, that’s pretty much it, really.

So, does the comfort factor make you want to don a 70s-inspired turtleneck-n-flares combo? Will foot-snatcher-style palazzo pants be replacing the skinny jeans in your wardrobe this season? One thing we can tell you is that, whether you like it or not, you probably haven’t seen the last of these styles: flares in particular seem to be making something of a comeback this season, and while all of the trousers shown above were found at Zara, they’re far from the only culprit, and we’ve been noticing a growing trend for baggy trousers at many of our other usual haunts too.

What do you think, Fashion Police jurors? Are you so grateful to have an alternative to skinnies that you don’t mind looking like your feet have been snatched, or are these outfits a step too far in the opposite direction? Leave us a comment and let us know if you think these are crimes of fashion, or innocent of all charges…

10 Comments

  • August 12, 2014

    tanya

    I quite like the trousers in the first picture. They combine the drapeyness of a maxi skirt with the obvious advantages of trousers. Not all the people have figures that allow them to wear skinnies, wider fit is the welcome alternative. However, I’m really not sure I’d ever wear any of the rest of featured trousers except as a loungewear.

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  • August 12, 2014

    Sharon

    Yes, I think we are seeing the beginning of a major trend. In looking at my August fashion magazines, I found many pictures of otherwise very structured pants (wool, flannel, etc.) from the high end designers with extremely loose, wide, long legs. These were paired with gigantic oversize blazers, and ugly, heavy flat form “sandals”. The models, all of the stick sort, looked like sad waifs lost in a sea of fabric–not to mention sloppy. In other words, my opinion of the opposite of chic. I hope this goes away. If not, the fashion police need to call in reinforcements.

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    • August 13, 2014

      Claudia

      I wonder who really can wear that. Thin people tend to look thinner – almost overwhelmed – in these tents and athletic or cury people look heavier. Whom do they flatter? Or are they just exaggerated and would be fine with a little less fabric to them?

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  • August 12, 2014

    Sharon

    PS. The ones you selected look great compared to the ones I saw in the magazines. And if that isn’t scary, nothing is!

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  • August 13, 2014

    Claudia

    I would love to wear the ones from the second picture – a bit shorter, though – but the problem with both these super-ample pants and the knit-pants-and-sweater combos is that they make your hips look much broader, and I don’t need that. Besides, I think a certain minimum height is required to wear these successfully or they will appear to be broader than they are long.

    Apart from that, I welcome any reprieve from spray-on clothes.

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  • August 13, 2014

    lizvocal

    I am totally going to pass off my too-long knit lounging pants – that came from Costco 2 for $15 – as OMGDesigner. Because they fit just like those last two.

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  • August 14, 2014

    Karlie

    I really like the second ones, but hey need to be a bit shorter. I think the top needs to be close to the body so you don’t like you are in your pj’s.

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  • August 15, 2014

    Stef

    I personally love the whole baggy trouser look and feel! It’s comfortable, yes! And it’s just like wearing a maxi but with a more chic idea.

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  • August 22, 2014

    Anna

    They should focus on well-tailored pants, nothing too extreme in either direction. Whatever happened to just making nice trousers? I can wear skinny pants, but I can’t wear tight pants all the time. And I’m short, so extra baggy pants don’t work on me. I have to have them tailored, even when they’re not baggy.

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  • August 26, 2014

    Elisa

    In my opinion, this is a positive signal that maybe this year we will be able to buy something different from leggings (which I’ve never bought, I want to point out…)and skinny pants, which do not flatter everybody, but I would not buy those in the last two pictures, especially with matching top… at least, not to get out home… maybe to sleep…

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