Fashion pundits have declared that styles like thigh-high stiletto boots, oversized jackets, and bell sleeves are out for 2019, and frankly, we won’t shed a tear for these uncomfortable and hard-to-wear and pair styles. What’s in? Beige tones, animal prints, and suiting, among other things.
For pants, in particular, wider styles are starting to hit the runways. While you might not be particularly drawn to the saggy, baggy cargo cuts that dominated the ‘90s hip hop scene, not to mention 2019 fall runways, sophisticated professionals are sure to gravitate more toward the wide leg pants that are making a comeback of late. The style that legendary screen actress Katherine Hepburn made famous has become a vintage classic, but that doesn’t mean you can’t find modern iterations designed to deliver the glamour of this long-legged look, paired with the practical considerations working gals prefer.
Fashion icons like Meghan Markle and Margot Robbie were spotted last year pioneering this trend by sporting wide leg styles paired with long coats, and even Kate Middleton jumped on the bandwagon, ditching her go-to skinnies in favor of loose-legged trousers while she toured Cyprus in December. Who says a royal sister can’t steal the style?
For healthcare professionals seeking a way to stay current with their style, there are more options than ever to upgrade the staid scrub, with trending styles like joggers finding their way into the med-fashion industry. Although there aren’t yet a ton of wide leg styles available, this trend is likely to pick up steam in 2019 and beyond as looser looks gain popularity among the consumer public. Fashion houses pick the trends, celebs get on board, and then the heart-stopping styles from the runway trickle down into everyday apparel.
How can you get in on this trending pant style now? There are a couple of forward-thinking brands that currently offer suitable options for medical professionals. You’ll want to check out the wide leg offerings from both Cherokee and Dickies.
Get Your Flare On
If you’re seeking a departure from the same old scrubs you’ve been sporting for years – you know, the oversized, drawstring numbers that everyone in the medical profession has been wearing for decades – it’s time for a fashion upgrade to something with a little more fit and flatter, not to mention a modern cut. True, the wide leg style has also been around for decades, but the modern reimagining is on point with a snug fit through the hip and thigh and a milder flare that won’t scream golden era cinema.
Cherokee hits just the right note with their Natural Rise Flare Leg pant. Unlike the wide leg slacks of old, this pant won’t hike up to the high-rise level, and the leg width isn’t so voluminous you’ll find yourself snagging it on stretchers as you complete your rounds.
The zipper/button front provides the sleek and sophisticated appeal of slacks, as opposed to the more casual, drawstring waist style common to most scrubs. You’ll still get sporty styling, though, thanks to five pockets (including a zippered side pocket) and narrow, knit piecing down the outseam that resembles a track pant look, but without the eye-searing white stripe.
Details like zigzag stitching, snap-closure side vents, and rose gold hardware add just the right amount of embellishment to take this wardrobe staple to the next level, without getting too flashy. The blend of jersey knit and linear dobby stretch fabric ensures comfortable wear all day long, and this pant comes in sophisticated neutrals (black, navy, and pewter) to go with absolutely everything.
Dickies does it right for modern professionals who need workwear that suits their functional needs and lasts forever. In recent years, however, they’ve strayed from the gearhead, coverall set with lines of stylish scrubs designed for modern healthcare professionals. The Dynamix line delivers on the promise of chic utility, which you’ll find in spades with their Mid Rise Moderate Flare pant.
Sportier than the Cherokee style, this pull-on pant features a knit waistband with a flat front panel accented by contrast striping. Flat front pockets, a zippered back pocket, and a side pocket accommodate must-carry items, while high side vents on flared ankles ensure a fit that works with every pair of kicks or clogs. This easy pant will quickly become your go-to for comfort, convenience, and of-the-moment styling. Available in black, navy, or pewter.