Style: the Wide Leg – tricky or totally chic?

It really depends on how you wear the current in-Style wide leg trousers.

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Cropped or not, I think they can appear either sloppy or incredibly chic.  But rather than taking our cues from today’s crop of stylish models and celebs, why not go back in time and look to style icons for a more classic approach?

Because CLASSIC never fades.

Lauren Hutton & Bianca Jagger
Lauren Hutton & Bianca Jagger

How to Wear Wide-Leg Pants Like a Style Icon

One rule of thumb is if you go wider at the bottom, go tighter or at least more fitted at the top. Well maybe that’s my rule but it tends to balance out this look which scares many women.  It’s a nice break from the skinny leg we’ve been wearing forever.  Don’t throw out your skinnies..just saying it’s fun to try something different. And you can chic it up.

Thus, ahead learn how to wear wide-leg pants from the original style stars, like Lauren Hutton and Jackie Kennedy, for the most timeless of looks. You know what they say: “Everything old is new again.” I love that!  

LAUREN HUTTON

In one of Hutton’s most famous photographs, the model and actress chose a cropped pair of wide-leg pants that graze her ankle, styling them with a silky blouse, blazer, and wide-brim hat. But the key to her look? Her strappy metallic heels that sexed up the ensemble.

BIANCA JAGGER

Jagger rocked her white wide-leg pants with a matching double-breasted blazer for a winning outfit. Skip the wide collar shirt and bowler hat (even if you’re bowling skip it) for a plunging camisole and loose waves. You’re ready to hit the town.

JACKIE KENNEDYwideleg5As current now as before. (don’t forget turtlenecks are in again). Kennedy’s look is perfect for the kind of in-between weather we’ve been having—wear your wide-leg pair with a cashmere turtleneck and light trench coat for balmier days. Switch to heavier fabrics when it’s colder. Super chic!

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Hepburn was absolutely statuesque in her wide-leg pants. Why they work so well? A high-waist fit that is accentuated by a tucked-in blouse and built-in belt. Look for a similar pair that skims the floor when you’re wearing flats. No need for heels with this look although having height helps.

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Super Casual. The actress and dancer chose an oversize pair of wide-legs that could easily overwhelm her frame, but she made it work by knotting her blouse to show off her waist.

Now go ahead and try it for yourself!

Source: InStyle Magazine

ICON – the UNIQUE Lives of Shirley MacLaine

Anyone familiar with bestselling author and Academy Award winning actress Shirley MacLaine knows that she’s lived a journey of many lifetimes.ULE Booklet 2014 (Calgary Pg 7)

On May 26th, Shirley MacLaine will be gracing the stage of the Vancouver Orpheum not to sing, dance, act or read an excerpt from one of her many intriguing books – but to share in stories about her own life experiences with trademark wit and candour to a captivated audience as part of the intimate “unique lives” series. 

I’ll be one of those people engrossed in hearing whatever she has to say.  Because let’s face it, even if you’re not a fan you cannot deny that it has been a life (including past lives) well lived. 

With credits too numerous to mention on a blog, let’s take a little peek into the world of this living legend:

The daughter of a drama teacher, she started out as a dancer.  She will take you down memory lane with movie and television clips from her illustrious career starting in 1955 with her first movie, Alfred Hitchcock’s “The Trouble with Harry“.

With a film career too long to mention – you’ll see clips from “Irma la Douce“, “Sweet Charity“, “Two Mules for Sister Sara“, and most recently, “Glee” and “Downton Abbey“. Not only will you hear about her award-winning film and stage career, but also her years with the “Rat-Pack“, her journey on the Camino, and her greatest passion: the spirit, mind and body.

Members of the audience will get a chance to ask Shirley questions during a question and answer session.

Five of my personal favourite films from her extraordinary career:

The Turning Point (1977), she stars as a former dancer who gave up her career to have a family. Her daughter follows in her footsteps, and MacLaine’s character is forced to confront her old dance rival (Anne Bancroft).

In 1983, MacLaine finally claimed her Oscar statue for Terms of Endearment. She plays Aurora Greenway, a woman with a troubled relationship with her daughter, in the film. Debra Winger stars as her daughter and Jack Nicholson as her love interest in this popular tearjerker. In her acceptance speech at the Academy Awards, MacLaine said “I have wondered for 26 years what this would feel like,” according to the Hollywood ReporterVanity Fair also notes that she added “I deserve this.”

Steel Magnolias with Olympia Dukakis, Sally Field, Dolly Parton and Julia Roberts. The quip that stands out: “I’m not as sweet as I used to be.” Set in Louisiana, she plays Ouiser Boudreaux, a woman who through years of turmoil and heartbreak, becomes more cynical, hardened and wiseass. But you can’t help but love her. She embodies wisdom, cynicism, sarcasm, and snarky humor…all mixed into one fabulous southern lady…how can you ask for more.

She tackled the role of one of her real-life contemporaries. In Postcards from the Edge, based on Carrie Fisher’s memoir, MacLaine plays actress Debbie Reynolds. According to the Hollywood Reporter, Reynolds gave MacLaine at least one critique of her performance. “She didn’t think I should have put vodka in the smoothie,” MacLaine said.

In 1960, MacLaine delivered one of her best performances in The Apartment. She co-starred with Jack Lemmon in this Billy Wilder classic, playing a young elevator operator named Fran Kubelik who has an affair with the company’s big boss, but later falls for Lemmon’s character.

ULE Booklet 2014 (Calgary Pg 7) So there you have it – I’ll be all over that!

Tickets: http://uniquelives.com/vancouver