I think everyone should own at least one good pair of wide legged pants. Its classic, versatile and goes with pretty much everybody type. I'm not a very "hip-py" person....actually, i have no hips at all so i prefer wide legged pants over skinnies any day. Another thing is that, unlike skinnies it comes in different forms ( bell bottoms, high waist, low waisted flares, baggies, pallazzo, etc).
Pants: Banana republic
Even though it makes my leg look shorter than normal, i still love my low waisted flare (need to invest in those high waisted ones).