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How to wear wide-leg trousers without looking like a clown

If you’re sick of skinnies, add another option to your wardrobe with a fabulous pair of wide-leg trousers. They’re eternally stylish, versatile and oh-so comfortable.

How to wear wide-legged trousers

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Kickstart your wide-leg experiment with a pair of daytime trews. Here are two options from Jessica Alba: denim flares in the jean shape of the season and a more formal pair that are perfect for the office with a fitted shirt and statement bag. Sienna Miller has been showing off her extensive wide-leg trouser collection in New York this month — we love this striped pair from Belstaff Miller wore with a navy Chinti and Parker cardi.

How to wear wide-legged trousers

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White wide-leg trousers look super sharp teamed with a matching top and minimal accessories. Jessie J looked fresh on the red carpet at the 2014 American Music Awards in a white trouser suit with flared legs and a fitted jacket. Mel B paired her fluid white pants with a simple top. Both ladies finished off their looks with centre-parted, sleeked-back hair and black box clutches. It’s a winning look — just don’t do it if you’re going anywhere near mud or sticky-fingered children.

How to wear wide-legged trousers

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Victoria Beckham has been an advocate of wide-leg trousers for years. She was embracing this trend back in 2013: in bright orange at JFK airport and classic black at the Glamour Women of the Year Awards.

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How to wear wide-legged trousers

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When it comes to footwear, a strappy sandal always works with a wide leg. Olivia Wilde, Laura Bailey and Kendall Jenner all chose black wide-leg trousers for celebrity events — three very different looks, all perfectly accessorised with naked toes.

How to wear wide-legged trousers

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Two of the biggest style icons of the last 12 months know the value of a wide-leg trouser. One of Amal Clooney’s many headline-grabbing outfits in the run up to her wedding last September was a classic Stella McCartney trouser suit in cream and navy with a matching wide-brimmed hat. Emma Watson made a bold style choice at the 2014 British Fashion Awards pairing her Misha Nonoo jumpsuit with a plunging black Dior jacket.

How to wear wide-legged trousers

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Think a wide leg is too masculine? Turn that into a style statement like Madonna and pair it with a double-breasted jacket, tie and walking stick. Worried you’ll look like you’re wearing pyjamas? Go with it like Kate Moss in her pink satin, polka dot, so-wide-they-could-be-a-skirt-trousers, complete with matching jacket and furry shrug.

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