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Style Pick – Going 70s chic in wide leg pants

Posted on August 17 2011

Heather Locklear, Elle McPherson and January Jones stay stylish in wide leg jeans.

Wide leg pants have been elongating legs since the 70s. There’s an effortless “chic” about this style that allows women to look elegant without sacrificing any of their femininity. Part of the perks of this cut is that it makes you feel tall and lean. Stars like Elle McPherson, Jessica Alba, Penelope Cruz, January Jones and Katie Holmes who all range from super petite to super tall have all rocked this style. This shows that most women can get away with it, it’s just about finding the right material, length, width and fit.

Even pregnant women can look fabulous in this cut. Jessica Alba looked uber chic while running errands in wide leg jeans and a blazer.

January Jones goes casual chic in stripes and her favorite wide leg denim pants.

Katie Holmes plays up her tall frame in wide leg Max Mara trousers and double breasted jacket.

Clearly the cut works for her - Here's Holmes again in wide leg jeans and an embellished Isabel Marant jacket.

Penelope Cruz cuffs her wide leg jeans.

Glee's Jayma Mays in High-Waisted Wide leg J Brand Denim.

This cut has also been incorporated into one of summer’s hottest trends – jumpsuits.

Ashley Greene in a Max Mara wide leg jumpsuit.

Rosie Huntington Whiteley in a wide leg Michael Kors jumpsuit.

Keep in mind – There is such a thing as too much fabric and too much width especially if you’re petite. This cut like I mentioned earlier is meant to make you taller and leaner, not shrink you. Hilary Duff’s look below is a prime example of how not to wear wide leg pants.

Hilary Duff's wide leg trousers unfortunately have too much material and do absolutely nothing for the expectant actress. They distort her figure and instead of looking stylish, they look clownish.

Test driving this style…

As a tall girl, it’s always been a bit difficult for me to find jeans with inseams that work for me, so wide leg denim pants have been my BFFs for a long time. Here’s one of my favorite dark blue wide legs paired with a white v-neck and a double breasted blazer.

Test driving the cut - My favorite wide leg jeans

What do you think of this cut? Are you loving it?…Already wearing it or willing to try it? Check out more on my personal style and chic picks here.




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