FAB­U­LOUS AT EV­ERY AGE Lisa Arm­strong on the style se­crets of the sea­son for ev­ery decade.

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Al­tuzarra Spring/ Sum­mer ’16 A o

TTHE NEW WIDE PANT Te

I won’t lie, every­thing changes when your pants morph into sails. But once you get the mea­sure of them, the pos­si­bil­i­ties are re­ward­ing what­ever your age. For one thing, the new wide pants can look fem­i­nine in ways that your skinny hip­sters never did. If you weren’t com­pletely con­vinced that slim pants cut the nec­es­sary dash at wed­dings and for­mal par­ties, take note: There is no ques­tion that a pair of silky or crepe palaz­zos are dressy enough. Think of them as a maxi with at­ti­tude. High­light the waist with cropped jumpers and jack­ets and tai­lored, tucked-in shirts. (This, by the way, is also how to re­fresh an old Bre­ton sweater.)

Wide pants re­quire a shoe edit as well, which is an­other way of say­ing that you’re prob­a­bly go­ing to need some new ones. You can’t just wear any old shoe with wide pants, They de­mand heft and bal­ance. Chunky trainer soles are the util­i­tar­ian an­swer, sub­stan­tial plat­forms with block heels the glam­orous one. Ei­ther way you’re go­ing to be show­ing some leg. Did I men­tion that the new flared pants are cropped? (Al­though, for evening, a longer ver­sion looks most chic. Trust me, I’m paid to spend time work­ing these things out.)

The younger you are, the more leg you can show. Women over 60 should prob­a­bly sat­isfy them­selves with flash­ing a well-turned an­kle, not be­cause their calves aren’t wor­thy of ex­po­sure but be­cause wide, knee-length trousers are more of a nov­elty act. Leave those to the twenty-some­things.

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