PUBLISHED : Monday, 22 December, 2008, 12:00am
UPDATED : Monday, 22 December, 2008, 12:00am

Skinny jeans and black trousers have dominated our wardrobes for long enough, which is why I am excited about spotting wide legged trousers all over town.

The best thing about this trend is that unlike its ultra-lean counterparts, it works for all shapes and sizes from skinny pins to curvy booties a la Jennifer Lopez.

One word of caution with wide legged styles: the style should look slouchy on your frame but don't buy it so big you end up looking sloppy. The trick is to choose a pair that is the right length and width. Cropped three-quarter length styles are the most flattering and are versatile and easy to match.

I like how Angel (right) has paired her shimmering beige satin/cotton cropped trousers with plenty of layers - a grey featherweight cashmere tee, a delicate cotton knit striped cardigan and a ribbed-velvet forest green blazer.

What I like most is how she has accessorised with a charcoal grey skinny scarf, a matching beaded crochet net bag and a pair of well worn black leather boots.

Her multiple ring necklace is a real statement piece, which she claims isn't as heavy as it looks, and adds an edge to her urban look.

Tall and lean girls should take cues from Catherine (top right). She's chosen a heavier-weight wool mix high-waisted cropped trouser for a more formal and elegant look.

To achieve a more balanced silhouette, she has paired it with a short-sleeve, blazer-style leather jacket and black turtle neck. Black tights and chocolate brown pointy toe heels add extra height.

For wide-legged styles in general, flared legs work better on tall, skinny figures while the straight leg styles suit curvier frames. Layer on top with different material textures and fabrics.

I also recommend wearing decorative tights underneath wide legged pants to add colour and texture.

Go for geometric patterned tights under khaki or satin/cotton wide-legged pants. For thicker fabrics, choose tights in darker colours such as black, navy blue or charcoal grey. Add a slim belt to high-waist styles to add shape.

Black leather booties, especially high-heeled ankle boots or motorcycle biker boots are great footwear alternatives to pointy-toed styles.

Cropped trousers can be found at a host of local boutiques including Initial, where I found silk/cotton styles featuring military details or a bit of fringe at the waist (Shop A, G/F Style House, The Park Lane, 310 Gloucester Road, Causeway Bay, tel: 2882 9044).

I found a flattering black wool pair by Hussein Chalayan at D-Mop (G/F, 11-15 On Lan Street, Central, tel: 2840 0822).

Check out C'N'C Costume National (Joyce, New World Tower, 16-18 Queens Road, Central, tel: 2810 1120) for the high-heel black patent leather booties, or DKNY for faux fur snake skin ones (shop L2-15, Festival Walk, Kowloon Tong, tel: 2265 7982).