Thick-thighed guys, you can breathe easy: Pants are loosening up. Slim, tapered trousers have dominated runways and shop floors for most of the past decade—thanks to designers like Thom Browne, who made suits verging on too small the defining silhouette of fashion-forward menswear. But the pendulum has finally begun to swing in the other direction, ushering in a new era of roomy legs.
From fashion’s most agenda-setting labels to tailoring’s most traditional makers, brands across the spectrum are embracing wider cuts. In addition to the style’s unconstricted comfort, wide-leg trousers are in step with the casual ease running throughout menswear right now. From loosely draped dress pants in fine wool to knockabout chinos with ample proportions, a pair of wide-legged trousers is the smartest style upgrade to make this season. Here’s a few ideas on how to wear them.