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Style Tips: Wide Leg Jeans

For the last few years skinny jeans have been the denim du jour; lately, however, we have noticed that the wide leg jean has been making a quiet comeback, thanks in part to faithful fans like Rachel Zoe and Nicole Richie.

For the last few years skinny jeans have been the denim du jour; lately, however, we have noticed that the wide leg jean has been making a quiet comeback, thanks in part to faithful fans like Rachel Zoe and Nicole Richie. This super-flattering and laidback look is heavily influenced by the bell-bottom jeans of the 1960s and 70s hippie-era and is the easiest way to give you a longer, skinnier leg.

As longtime lovers of the wide leg/bell-bottom jean, we are beyond thrilled to see it returning to the fashion map. With that in mind, we decided to take an in-depth look at the various ways to style the wide leg jean with six stylish ladies leading the way. Whether you opt for a modern, rock & roll look like Kate Moss, or you stick with the bohemian styles of the 70s like Nicole Richie, we are sure you’ll be inspired by this month’s edition of Style Tips.

#1. Pairing your wide leg jeans with a cropped jacket adds length to your legs: Of course, we couldn’t start this story off without paying tribute to number one fan, Rachel Zoe, whose allegiance to 7 For All Mankind’s Ginger Jeans saw the denim brand reissue the style just for her. Named the Rachel Bellbottom ($169) and available exclusively at Piperlime, this is Rachel’s go-to jean and an integral part of her daily uniform. Rachel recommends pairing the jean with a “long tee, fitted jacket and tranny shoes.” We like Vince’s Long Sleeve Pocket Tee ($85), Asos’s Cropped Pleat Shoulder Blazer ($67.64) and Dolce Vita’s Fontana Platform Wedged Heel ($178).

#2. Give your wide leg jeans a casual-yet-cool feel by pairing them with colorful flats and tanks: Kate Bosworth is known for her personal brand of California cool and this outfit epitomizes her signature style: wide leg jeans, a pop of color and a pair of sunglasses, mixed together to create a laidback ensemble that is totally effortless. If you like this outfit, don’t miss Kirra’s Smocked Back Pocket Layer Tank ($17.50) or Diane Von Furstenberg’s Kretya Tank ($198), paired with 7 For All Mankind’s Dojo Jeans ($154) and Nine West’s Zelotes Flat ($69.95).

#3. Pair tight, fitted wide leg jeans with a loose top for a subtly sexy look: While out and about in Los Angeles, reality star Kristin Cavallari was spotted in an unfussy yet flirty look: wide leg jeans, loose tee, a draped scarf and platform heels. The super-tight thigh on her jeans was offset by the loose-fitting tee, creating a look that can easily move from day to night. To recreate Kristin’s look, mix LNA’s Loose Cropped Tee ($69) with Paige Denim’s Laurel Canyon Flare Jeans ($189) and Yves Saint Laurent’s Platform Sandals ($790).

#4. Try out a glam 1970s look with a wide leather belt and sky-high wedges: Actress Eva Mendes is known for her glamorous style, both on and off the red carpet, so we weren’t surprised to see her taking on the wide leg jean with zeal. Her wide leather belt and sky-high platform wedges give the look a vampy 70s feel, which is the perfect look for a lady as gorgeous as Eva. If you’re ready to try this look, grab True Religion’s Joey Flare Stretch Jeans ($196) and pair them with Thistlepearl’s Shimmer Peassant Blouse ($58) and Rugby’s Skull Heritage Crest Belt ($49.99).

#5: Bring your wide leg jean into the now with messy rocker-chic hair and dark sunglasses: As one of the world’s leading trendsetters, Kate Moss’s foray into the world of wide leg jeans hasn’t gone unnoticed. Back in 2008, Kate was spotted at LAX airport in a pair of J Brand’s Lovestory Jeans ($179). True to her usual rocker-meets-hippie aesthetic, she paired them with messy bed-head hair, Ray-Ban Wayfarers ($119) and Minnetonka Moccasin Boots ($109.91). To give the outfit an effortless element, throw on a cropped blazer like Minkpink’s Ring Master Cropped Blazer ($48.97).

#6. Add to your 1970s bohemian look with a vintage-inspired kimono jacket: Leave it to Nicole Richie to perfect the 1970s-inspired wide leg jean by pairing it with a hippie-luxe kimono jacket and silk tank; only Nicole could work the bohemian look to excess and make it look effortless. For a similarly stylish ensemble, we recommend Beyond The Valley’s Mountain View Silk Kimono Jacket ($338.18) or Nicole’s own line, Winter Kate: both the Eden Paisley Kimono Jacket ($225) and Purple Eden Psychedelic Kimono Top ($359.70) are perfect. Pair them with Shyde’s Silk Tank ($132) and Burberry’s Flare Leg Jeans ($225) for a bohemian look Nicole would be proud of.

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