Skinny and tailored is giving way to loose and loungey this spring.
They may have a rep for being difficult to wear, but slouchy, drapey pants are popping up in the spring collections of even mass-market (and mass-appeal) stores like Loft and Old Navy.
They're not quite harem pants - instead of a full, pleated cut and low crotch (for that much-hated 'diaper' effect), the latest crop of slouchy pants are flatter in front and slightly more tailored.
"I love this look!" proclaims stylist Talia Brown, calling it "fashion-forward and sleek.”
Stylist Nadia Albano, however, adds that many women may have a love/hate relationship with the draped look.
"On one hand, they are super easy to wear; the loose fit and drawstring waist provides a very casual feel." On the other hand, she adds, they can look like you're walking around in pajamas if not handled correctly.
Personally, she says, "I love these and saw them everywhere in Italy and Paris this fall and winter."
Albano admits this style tends to be easier to pull off for petite women or those with narrower legs and hips. "They are often not as forgiving as the fabric is usually lightweight, such as a silk/polyester blend," she says.
There may be some trial and error involved to make sure the cut doesn't add bulk and the fabric will skim over - not highlight - spots you don't love. If drawstring's not your thing, look for trouser waistbands with a tab closure and minimal-to-no pleating in the front, which adds bulk.
Brown adds that if you really like the look, layering over your midsection is also an option.
Black will make this cut look a little less out-there, but a pattern can make for a fun statement piece.
It’s all about balance with this look - tailored or boxy tops to balance the slouch of the pants. Heels - the more streamlined the better - will keep your look from getting bulky, but we're powerless before a good, tailored menswear-style flat. Ready to slip into this style? Try these outfit ideas.