By JACKIE HOERMANN
The Kansas City Star
As skinny jeans fade into the past, wide legs are swinging in for the comeback.
The secret behind the staying power of white, wide-legged trousers is simple: They radiate luxury.
This season we’ve seen straight legs and flowy pants enhanced by voluminous folds of fabric, such as this eye-catching pair seen in Filhas de Gaia’s Fashion Rio Summer 2012 collection — wide enough to be mistaken for a skirt. If you’re not feeling so bold, try the still stylish 3.1 Phillip Lim cuffed trousers from Standard Style Boutique.
“For the most part, you’re going to be able to wear our look a lot more than the extreme, super-wide leg,” said Standard Style store manager Joni Johnson, “And the classic wide leg can be worn from season to season.”
White looks great with summer tans and pairs nicely with neutrals for a chic ensemble or with brighter colors for flair. Follow the Hypercolor trend with a bright blue blouse and banana-yellow pumps.
Tip: Wear skin-colored undergarments so they don’t show through.
Feel a little lighter in these flat-front cuffed trousers (3.1 Phillip Lim, $375) From Standard Style Boutique, 451 W. 47th St. (Country Club Plaza) and 5076 W. 119th St. (Town Center, Leawood), standardstyle.com.