04 Mar

20 Flattering and Sustainable Wide Leg Pants

This just in: skinny jeans are dead. In a recent avalanche of Tik Toks by Gen Zers, Millennials have been called out for their “old-fashioned” side parts and skinny jeans. As a Millennial inching closer and closer to 30, I can confidently say I am deeply offended.

Just kidding—styles come and go, and while skinny jeans may be shrinking back from the limelight as a torrent of rotten tomatoes is flung at them across the room by some whippersnappers, someone else is stepping up to the plate. She’s flowy, she’s flattering, she’s comfortable… who is she? Wide leg pants, of course!

Skinny jeans may come back, but for now, many people aren’t all that disappointed to see the back of them. For many long, tired years, we struggled to squeeze ourselves into them in the hopes that we’d look like the svelte-yet-shapely-and-likely-photoshopped women in the commercials. Did we succeed? Probably not. Did we persist? Obviously.

women wearing three different pairs of sustainable wide leg pants by ethical brands

Slight bitterness aside, the new gal on the block is doing us all the favours skinny jeans never could. The flared look is far more forgiving, and is just as versatile, so we’ve rounded up our 19 favourite sustainable wide leg pants for the eco-chic chicks out there who are ready to lay their skinnies aside—at least for the meantime.

A few standouts in the list that might catch your eye are these recycled seamless pants from nu-in (Portugal), R Collective‘s (Hong Kong) Bermondsey pants, and this palazzo from A.BCH (Australia). These sustainable wide leg pants all make it easy to bid adieu to the restrictive skinnies of yesteryear, and I, for one, am entirely onboard.

But I’m keeping the side part.

Reality check

In all seriousness, we should all wear whatever makes us feel comfortable and happy. And if that is skinny jeans, then more power to you! Using what we have in our closets is also the most sustainable fashion choice we can make, but when it does come time to say goodbye to a piece forever, why not upcycle it into something useful? Or thoughtfully dispose of it through recycling, donating, or selling? And while trends can be fun, only invest in pieces you know you’ll love and wear for years to come. Onto the pants!  

nu-in

Rated: Good
woman wearing dark grey sustainable knit wide leg pants by nu-in

100% Recycled Wide Leg Seamless Knitted Pants – Ships internationally from Sweden

nu-in is a European brand that features activewear, loungewear, and underwear collections, as well as trend-led men’s and women’s ranges. It prioritises the planet by using a high proportion of eco-friendly materials, and reuses offcuts to minimise textile waste. These knits-for-your-legs are made from 50% recycled cotton and 50% recycled polyester. Have you ever seen a comfier looking pair of pants?! The brand is inclusively sized, and features an extended sizing range up to 6XL!

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Whimsy + Row

Rated: Good
woman wearing natural organic cotton wide pants by Whimsy + Row

Flora Pant in Natural – Ships internationally from the US

Whimsy + Row is an eco-conscious lifestyle brand born out of a love for quality goods and sustainable practices. Since 2014, its mission has been to provide ease and elegance for the modern, sustainable woman. By limiting each garment to short runs, Whimsy + Row utilises deadstock fabric, reduces packaging waste, and takes care of precious water resources. How chic are these “natural” organic cotton sustainable wide leg pants? The Flora Pants are one of our all time faves. They come in a range of gorgeous colours, and go with just about everything. Find most products in XS-XL.

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Shop Whimsy + Row @ Earthkind.

LANIUS

Rated: Good
woman wearing bright yellow eco-friendly culottes by LANIUS

TENCEL™ Lyocell Culotte – Ships internationally from Germany

“Love Fashion, Think Organic, Be Responsible” are the maxims of LANIUS. The German brand uses eco-friendly materials, like GOTS certified cotton. All LANIUS facilities are SA8000 certified and it is a member of the Fair Wear Foundation. Be sunshine personified in these bright yellow TENCEL culottes. LANIUS’ clothes are available in EU sizes 34-44.

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Mother of Pearl

Rated: Good
woman wearing wide leg cropped eco jeans by Mother of Pearl

Cropped Chloe Jeans – Ships internationally from the UK

Mother of Pearl is a sustainable and ethical luxury womenswear and accessories designer brand from the UK that celebrates individuality and authenticity. The brand uses a high proportion of eco-friendly materials including organic cotton and ensures the payment of a living wage across some of its supply chain. These cropped wide leg jeans are made from organic cotton grown, woven, and spun in one country. Find most products in UK sizes 6 to 16.

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Shop Mother of Pearl @ Rêve en Vert.

Shop Mother of Pearl Pre-Owned @ Vestiaire Collective.

Tasi Travels

Rated: Good

The Lost Pant Paper Daisy – Ships internationally from Australia

For travelwear designed for adventures, look no further than Australian brand Tasi Travels. Boasting a stunning collection of handmade garments in eco-friendly materials that are made-to-order, you can feel good out in the world knowing you are leaving a light footprint behind. These Modal Daisy Pants are versatile and ready for adventuring. Garments come in sizes XS/S, S/M, and M/L.

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Komodo

Rated: Good
woman wearing vegan sand coloured wide leg pants by Komodo

HOLY COW Organic Cotton Culottes – Ships internationally from the UK

UK brand Komodo puts people and the planet first with its ethically-sourced and eco-friendly range of menswear and womenswear. The label uses some eco-friendly materials including GOTS-certified cotton and hemp, and ensures that most of its suppliers pay a living wage to their workers. These vegan sustainable wide leg pants are a lovely dark sand colour and feature pockets you can actually fit things in! Find most of the range in UK sizes 8-16.

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Shop Komodo @ Staiy.

Shop Komodo @ Immaculate Vegan.

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JAN ‘N JUNE

Rated: Great
vegan reptile print sustainable wide leg pants by Jan n June brand

Tulipa Culotte Reptile – Ships internationally from Germany

JAN ‘N JUNE is a sustainable, fair and transparent eco-fashion label from Hamburg. Created by young female entrepreneurs who could not find what they were looking for and decided to make it themselves, this minimalistic, super stylish fair fashion label, succeeds in being sustainable and affordable at the same time. For a unique pair of wige leg culottes, these reptile-print pants take the cake. No reptiles were harmed in the making! Find sizes XS-XL.

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Shop JAN ‘N JUNE @ thegreenlabels.

Shop JAN ‘N JUNE @ Curate.

Shop JAN ‘N JUNE @ Earthkind.

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Seek Collective

Rated: Good

Haus Pants – Ships internationally from the UK

Seek Collective is a US brand of thoughtfully made items with a dedication to transparency, authenticity, craft, and sustainability. Seek is focused on establishing connections between art, product, consumers, process, and makers. Its items are made in India through partnerships with like-minded communities and people. The Haus Pants are back in a washed black twill colored with 100% natural and eco-friendly plant dye. Find most products in XS-L.

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unspun

Rated: Good
person wearing wide leg unspun jeans

Organic Light Vintage Denim – Ships internationally from the US

unspun is an American brand, creating a denim world that reduces global carbon emissions by 1% through a zero-inventory and low waste process. Its product sizing is totally customisable to ensure you always find the perfect fit. unspun’s unisex loose fit style will set you free. The feminine hip fit is snug on the waist, hip, and thigh and cut with a wide leg. This cut is also available in a masculine hip fit, which is looser at the waist and upper thigh.

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Deadwood

Rated: Good

Presley Pants – Ships internationally from Sweden

Celebrating ageless rebellion and free-spiritedness, Stockholm-based Deadwood creates recycled leather clothes, aiming to reinvent how we think about fashion. It recycles cut-offs created during the manufacturing process and traces suppliers in all of its supply chain. Find the garments in sizes XS-XL.

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Shop Deadwood @ Labell-D.

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Yes And

Rated: Good

Alysia Animal Print Paper Bag Waist Pant – Ships internationally from the US

YES AND aims to banish the stigma that sustainable fashion has to sacrifice style, quality, fit, color, comfort or price. With this US-based brand you can actually have it all, and more: it is certified organic, low-impact dyed, and ethically made! You can find most items in sizes XS to XL.

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BASTET NOIR

Rated: Good
woman wearing cream wide leg pants by bastet noir

Rosalie Pants – Ships internationally from Macedonia

BASTET NOIR offers custom-made clothing manufactured by women in Macedonia, ensuring that every purchase contributes to the welfare and education of these women and their children. Find most items in sizes 36 to 42, or in custom sizing.

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Don’t worry, denim is still cool. Here are our favourite sustainable jeans.

MUD Jeans

Rated: Great

Wyde Sara in Heavy Black Stone – Ships internationally from the Netherlands

Dutch denim brand MUD Jeans is all about sustainability. Not only does it offer a repair service, but it also provides a rental service where you can lease a pair of jeans for up to a year! MUD Jeans uses a combination of GOTS certified organic cotton and post-consumer recycled cotton. MUD Jeans are available in a range of sizes, usually from W25 L30-W33 L32 for women and W28 L34-W36 L34 for men.

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Shop MUD Jeans @ Labell-D.

The R Collective

Rated: Great
grey upcycled wool wide leg pants by The R Collective

Bermondsey Pants – Ships internationally from Hong Kong

The R Collective’s womenswear collections are made by reusing rescued excess materials from leading luxury brands and reputable manufacturers. The brand uses a high-proportion of eco-friendly materials, which limits the amount of chemicals, water and wastewater used in production. It also ensures the payment of a living wage in its supply chain, which is why we rated it ‘Great’! For a bit of warmth, these upcycled wool wide leg pants are made using rescued excess luxury fabric. Find them in sizes 0-10.

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Shop The R Collective @ ourCommonplace.

Stella McCartney

Rated: Good
Red wide leg Stella McCartney pants

Eco-Cotton & Viscose Knit Wide Leg Pants – Ships internationally from the UK

A member of the Ethical Trading Initiative and Sustainable Apparel Coalition, Stella McCartney has set some excellent environmental standards across the luxury fashion industry. Stella uses some eco-friendly materials, including recycled polyester and organic cotton, and has a strategy in place to reduce waste across its entire supply chain. It has also adopted the ETI Code of Conduct that includes a living wage definition! These might be the fanciest sustainable wide leg pants on the list, so if you’re in a “treat yourself” mood, go for gold. Or rather, red!

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Shop Stella McCartney @ LVR Sustainable.

Shop Stella McCartney @ Labell-D.

Shop Stella McCartney Kids Pre-Owned @ Retykle.

Shop Stella McCartney Pre-Owned @ Vestiaire Collective.

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Mara Hoffman

Rated: Good
white hemp sustainable wide leg pants by Mara Hoffman

White Hemp Eldora Pant – Ships internationally from the US

With a focus on mindful and conscious practices, Mara Hoffman uses eco-friendly materials including GOTS certified cotton, recycled nylon, and recycled polyester, and even has a range of Oeko-Tex STeP certified products. These organic natural-hued hemp pants are giving us legs-for-days vibes. Items come in sizes XS to 3XL, and the brand also has a gorgeous extended sizes collection, so you can be sure to find a new wardrobe addition no matter the bod you rock!

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Shop Mara Hoffman @ Reve en Vert.

Shop Mara Hoffman @ Farfetch.

Shop Mara Hoffman Pre-Owned @ Vestiaire Collective.

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A.BCH

Rated: Great
palazzo ethical trousers in black by A.BCH

A.10 Palazzo Trousers – Ships internationally from Australia

A.BCH is a Melbourne-based, Australian-made fashion label for individuals who care about garment provenance. It utilises renewable, organic, and recycled materials. These stunning black sustainable wide leg pants are made from organic linen, which is a top tier eco-frienly fabric. Designed to flatter all shapes and sizes, and “with pockets as deep as our love for them”. Find the range in sizes XS-XL, or customise to fit you!

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Dorsu

Rated: Great
navy culottes ethically made by Dorsu

Culottes Navy – Ships internationally from Cambodia

Based in Cambodia, Dorsu creates everyday basics and key signature favourites that form the core of any conscious wardrobe. Back by popular demand, Dorsu’s culottes have a classic silhouette that perfectly compliments all heights. You can find the full range in XS to XL.

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Carlie Ballard

Rated: Good
unique wide leg orange culottes by Carlie Ballard brand

Twist Culotte – Ships internationally from Australia

Carlie Ballard is a pioneering Australian fashion brand advocating for ethical and sustainable practices, and quality, independent design. Level up your wide leg game with these unique peachy culottes, sustainably made from past-season fabric. Find the garments in AU sizes 6-16.

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Näz

Rated: Good

Peniche Culottes – Ships internationally from Portugal

Näz is a Portuguese fashion brand that aims to make fashion look good, not only on you, but on the planet too. It uses a high proportion of eco-friendly materials including GOTS certified organic cotton, and traces most of its supply chain. The Peniche Culottes are a great summer staple! Most garments available in sizes S-L.

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