Stylists reveal 7 pant trends that are in and 5 that are out this spring

  • Insider asked three stylists which pant trends are in and out this spring.

  • Patterned and high-waisted pants seem to be falling out of favor this season.

  • But the stylists said corduroys and loose, tapered pants are both growing trends.

Leather and pleather pants are making a comeback.

kendall jenner leather pants jacket
The leather trend is continuing from winter into spring.Gotham/GC Images

Leather and pleather pants have made a comeback in the past few years, according to celebrity wardrobe stylist Lunden Olin II, and we'll likely continue to see them this spring.

"This fashion trend goes well with pretty much anything," he told Insider. "Plus, pleather can save your wallet while still looking the same as leather."

The stylist said you can expect to see more leather finishes this year as well, such as vinyl.

Wide-leg pants are big this spring.

woman wearing wide-leg jeans, a sweater, and a leather jacket
Tighter styles are moving away to make room for wide-leg pants.PH888/Shutterstock

Wide-leg pants are back in a big way for spring 2023, according to John Smith, fashion stylist and textile designer at Leather Skin Shop.

The pant style offers a chic and modern vibe as well as a comfortable fit.

"Think of them as a modern take on the classic bell bottoms of the '70s," Smith told Insider.

Loose tapered pants are comfortable and polished.

person posing on a sidewalk wearing brown tapered trouser pants and a yello moto jacket
The tapered style can be made more comfortable with baggier pants.Creative Lab/Shutterstock

Another style you'll be seeing more of this season is loose tapered pants, according to Olin.

"There's a distinct '80s mood for 2023, and with that comes a looser, taper-leg trouser style," he told Insider.

The style nods to harem pants, which are a flowy style that's fitted at the ankle. But it's a little more polished.

Velvet and corduroy pants are practical and stylish.

person leaning against a red wall wearing an orange cardigan, blue shirt, and blue velvet corduroys
Velvet and corduroy are great fabrics for the transition into warmer weather.Elena Rostunova/Shutterstock

In line with the '80s comeback, velvet and corduroy are also getting more popular, according to Olin.

This style of pants can be both comfortable and stylish. And even though it's spring, the stylist said to think about fall tones when doing your shopping.

Metallic trousers make a big statement.

person walking down the street wearing white t shirt metallic pink pants and holding a matching pink jacket
For a less eye-catching look, you can opt for gray or silver metallic pants.andersphoto/Shutterstock

"Metallic is one of the biggest trends we saw on the spring/summer '23 runways," Olin told Insider. "And one of my favorite styling ideas is to center an outfit around a pair of high-shine metallic trousers."

They can be a statement piece in your closet and will look just as good with a T-shirt as they would with a button-down shirt.

Cargo pants are so versatile.

woman walking down a street wearing cargo pants, a white tank top, and a whit coat
Y2K-inspired cargo pants have been coming back in a big way.Anna Zhuk/Shutterstock

Cargo pants are being seen everywhere, according to wardrobe stylist Sabrina Forscutt.

They can easily be dressed up or down since they are being made in so many different materials nowadays.

"A classic pair of green cargo pants styled with a graphic tee and sneakers is the peak of casual fashion," the stylist told Insider. "And a pair of satin cargo pants with a nice blouse or bodysuit and heels is the perfect outfit for a night out."

Cropped pants offer an elongated look.

person wearing black tweed jacket with jeans and silver ballet flats
Spring is the perfect season for cropped pants.Sabelnikova Olga/Shutterstock

Cropped pants are also trending this spring, according to Smith.

"The silhouette offers an elongated look, making it perfect for pairing with a variety of tops," the stylist said.

Choose from textured fabrics, such as corduroy or velvet, for an extra touch of style.

On the other hand, it's time to give your skinny jeans a break.

red x and arrow over person walking down steps wearing skinny jeans and white and gold sneakers
Skinny jeans haven't been trending for a while now.Cozy Home/Shutterstock

Skinny jeans were a go-to pant style for years, but it's time to move on, according to Smith. Instead, opt for a relaxed, tailored look.

"Choose trousers or culottes with slightly wider legs for a modern take on the classic trouser look," he told Insider.

The stylist recommended shopping for a higher rise to give the pants a more contemporary silhouette.

Oversized baggy jeans are being replaced by straight-leg pants.

red x over person wearing baggy blue jeans and white sneakers
When skinny jeans first went out, they were replaced by baggy pants.Delmaine Donson/Getty Images

In 2020, skinny jeans gave way to super baggy and loose-fitting jeans. But the pendulum of fashion always swings back, and straight-leg pants are moving in this season.

"While we aren't quite back to the skinny fit yet, we are seeing a huge shift to the straight-leg silhouette of jeans," Forscutt told Insider.

Straight-leg jeans go with everything from sneakers to boots, to heels.

Super-high-waisted pants have seen their day.

red x and arrow pointing at person posing on street in high waited brown pants and a plaid sweater
High-waisted pants were trending for many years.eversummerphoto/Shutterstock

Another style you won't be seeing as much this season is super-high-waisted pants, according to Olin.

"High-waisted pants are out of fashion for spring 2023," he told Insider. "In fact, the high-waisted pants were not seen on the fall winter 2023/24 runways."

The stylist recommended investing in low-waist pants for the next couple of seasons.

Patterned pants are being replaced by brighter and shinier styles.

red x over person crossing a street wearing brightly colored patterned pants and a gray shirt
Spring has historically been a season for patterned pants, but that trend is fading.andersphoto/Shutterstock

Patterned pants have been a staple in spring and summer wardrobes for the better part of a decade. But Forscutt said it's time to move on.

Instead of patterns, the stylist recommended heading in the direction of brighter and shinier elements.

"Though some patterns like pinstripes will never fully go away, bold and over-the-top patterns are on their way out and are being replaced with a shinier option in metallic pants," she told Insider.

Distressed denim may be on the outs.

red x over two people sitting with hands intertwined wearing ripped jeans
More tailored fashions have been trending recently.frantic00/Shutterstock

Though distressed jeans used to be the epitome of casual, laid-back style, Forscutt said it's time to replace them with embellished denim instead.

"We no longer need holes and raw hems, as we have moved on to the glitz and glamour of embellishments," she told Insider.

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