Although all New York fashion weeks have a tendency to change my perspective on style, the shift this season has been bigger than usual. For the first time in several years, most collections—and the editors reporting on them—are free of flashy novelties. There’s also been a lot more pieces with big brand labeling (a clever way to share your impeccable taste without saying a word), which is something I haven’t seen since everyone had those CK baby tees in the ’90s. And speaking of short shirts, crop tops have been made an appearance in every show I’ve seen so far. So many, in fact, that were they all to have gone missing at the start of week, about 90 percent of the models would have had to walk topless.
But perhaps the biggest (or shall I say, widest?) development that I’ve noticed over the last seven days is that baggy trousers are popping up everywhere around Lincoln Center and Milk Studios. It’s almost as though overnight, every cool girl decided that she was totally over the ankle-skimming tapered look! Even Leandra Medine, a printed cropped pants trailblazer since 2011, was photographed in a pair of billowing white slacks (courtesy of Rosie Assoulin’s resort 2014 collection, FYI) yesterday.
Her trend radar, as always, could not be more on point, as the Spring/Summer 2014 runways have been bursting with all manner of wide-leg trousers—patterned, solid, pleated, gaucho pants length, floor-sweeping and more. With all that inspiration to draw from, it’s pretty easy to find at least one version worth trading skinny pants for. I’ve included some options to get you started in the slideshow above. Click through to find your perfect pair.