Carlos Miele, Aiko, Issa

In a post this morning, WWD project a big, big, BIG! trend for Resort 2012: the ultra wide leg. “Resort,” you say, “That’s not a legitimate season!” Well, that may be true but it doesn’t matter: one fall 2011 trend that emerged right out of the gates this past NYFW was wide leg trousers and they were everywhere. Too bad they seldom work on anyone.

Yes, like harem pants, drop crotch trousers and high-waisted denim, the voluminous, extra wide leg presents a challenge. When it’s done well (with excellent tailoring and a fitted silhouette up top) it’s chic. When it’s done poorly, it’s awkward and unflattering. So, will you dare to try out a wide leg this fall, or keep it safe with a more traditional width:

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