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Rock 70’s Jeans WITHOUT Looking like Jessica Simpson

Have you ever seen a fashion trend and initially said to yourself, “No way, I will never be caught wearing (insert trend here)_______? But then, somehow, you come around and actually wear it and LIKE it!?

You may recall these pics plastered everywhere of Jessica Simpson in January ’09 wearing an extremely unflattering outfit, including high-waisted jeans. Everyone has bad days.

Remember this infamous fashion faux-pas? 

The leopard WWE belt and spandex tank did not help matters.

I will NEVER wear these stupid high-waisted jeans,” I thought.
Fast forward about six seasons and guess what I’ve been wearing this Spring? Yep, high-waisted 70’s jeans.

My Tips to Wearing 70’s Jeans:
1. They’re best with somewhat flowy or fitted tops tucked in or just above the waist. Make sure the top isn’t
     too big with wide flared jeans. It needs to balance and skintight shirts like Jessica’s don’t usually work.

2. Cinch your waist with a belt (not too thick) if you want. I prefer brown belts with 70’s jeans.

3. Make sure the jeans are long enough for heels, I’ve noticed many brands are high-waters. Ugh

4. These jeans tend to accentuate hips and flatten butts, which is why I leave my shirt partially untucked. 🙂

5. Wear them with wedges or platform heels. I like neutral colors best.

Here is my attempt to pull them off and what I’ve noticed works to make this difficult jean style look as flattering as possible and fun to wear.

                                                 Go casual- My white cotton tank is H&M

Leather belt- H&M , Jeans-Forever 21 Heritage brand
A fringe handbag would have been more 70’s but I had my bright purse that day

It’s OK to tuck the front of the shirt in and leave the rest untucked

Steve Madden shoes I bought in ’08 when everyone was buying gladiator sandals
(They’re working now with the 70’s trend, SAVE shoes you think will work with trends later)

Here are a few celebs who recently wore 70’s jeans well:

                                                               Annalynne McCord in J Brand Jeans

Audrina Patridge looking cute in a flowy top and dark wash.
I just wish her jeans were longer 

                                                            
                                                          Jenna Duwan looking 70’s chic in AG Jeans

What do you think of high-waisted flared jeans because I’m not sure how long this trend will last? And if you wear 70’s jeans, do you have any secrets to not pulling a Jessica Simpson in this style?  😉

Have a great week!
xoDale

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86 Comments

Comments

  1. Lost.in.Idaho says:

    I think the big difference between you & the celebs, and miss Simpson is the wash of the jeans as well. She has the signature Walmart blue goin on…

  2. Anonymous says:

    hehe…I see someone is getting ready for this weekend. You can definitely rock a 70’s jean but do you have any tips for those of us that are wearing a gopher’s suit? haha…jk

  3. Demisdays says:

    They look a whole lot better on you than on Jessica!

  4. OMG you look so much better than jessica did. I think she was in denial of her size trying to fit into clothes that were too small. Had she fit her actualy size she would have looked a lot better

    Shasie
    Live Life in Style

  5. I actually prefer these types of jeans over the hip hugging ones…I dont grasp the look where ur crack shows every time you bend over. Lol

    Looks great!!

  6. You look sooo chic! Love that you paired them with just a plain tank…so flattering, so lovely!
    xo Cara
    http://www.afashionloveaffair.com/

  7. Inna xoxo says:

    LOVE High waited jeans! But ive got a budunkadunk of a booty, so its tricky for me! haha 🙂
    xoxo Inna
    My Bloggie!

  8. i love 70s jeans. i have a topshop flare that is the spitting image of the chloe jeans kate moss wore to a topshop fashion show years ago and i love them dearly.

    best wishes,
    edie

  9. ChaosButterfly says:

    lol, poor Jessica. She had all that pep in her step too.

    But you look really good in them!

    And I wish that Audrina’s pants were longer too…I can’t stand highwaters. I just wanna run up and yank them down or cut them short or something to just make them look normal. -___-

  10. Grande Jewelry says:

    Wow you look much better in those high-waist jeans than Jessica Simpson!! Following you, hope you follow my blog too =)

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  11. Lovely blog. Nice outfit! all the accesories are great :).

    Hugs from:
    http://www.fashionsaveur.blogspot.com

  12. I LOVE dark denim and Audrina’s are perfect!
    xoxo
    -linh
    http://la-lalinh.blogspot.com

  13. Raquel Fernandes says:

    You look really good. No Jessica Simpson alike!!!

    I bought to myself a pair of white flare jeans you can see in the blog. I don’t know if in two years im going to wear it but for now i’m enjoying. Ah! Love the sandals too!

    Thanks for the sweet words. The dress is from Asos and it was really cheap but tomorrow w are going to see the real dresses in Cannes 😉

  14. doesnt look good. nothing beats skinny jeans

  15. melexoxo says:

    you look amazing baby girl! i’m thinking of picking up a pair!

  16. Carolina says:

    I love 70’s jeans! It’s really amazing in some people… Not in Jessica Simpson, I agree with you.
    I’m following you now! I hope you can follow me back. 🙂
    xx

  17. you look great!

    who’s your photographer? the lighting is very nice. 🙂

  18. Faboulista says:

    i just love the way u made the look! u wear it better than all the other celebs. a true fashionista! i’m super impressed by your styling capabilities!
    xoxo
    mina

  19. You look great in those jeans! But I really don’t think I could pull those off myself.

  20. "this fashion lark." says:

    Poor Jessica Simpson, she normally doesn’t dress too badly! x

  21. all i know is you look better in them!

  22. i love how u put together that outfit. and love love love ur belt n shoes! 🙂

  23. Chic 'n Cheap Living says:

    You look awesome! I want to pull out my 70s jeans from the 90s. We’ll see!

    xoxo,
    Chic ‘n Cheap Living

  24. Tuneroll says:

    wow you look great!

  25. samecookiesdifferent says:

    nice inspiration !
    xx the cookies
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    share the feeling & visit dear

  26. Le garçon avec les lunettes, says:

    so cute cute look!!!

    MY CUP OF COFFEE

  27. thanks for the comment, your shoes are so nice! Annalynne McCord looks great too xoxo

  28. you freaking look amazing in this jean!!!! and im glad you gave a shoutout of how NOT to wear them like JSimpson. That was a horrid experience for me when I saw those photos at first LOL! <3

  29. you look hella good with those jeans!!! hahaha did i use it right? 😛 i know what you mean though – i also thought “high waisted anything is LAME” many years ago… cus i thought it made people look OLD.. but now, i actually want more high waisted clothing – high waisted shorts especially since summer is coming!

  30. Dale those high waisted jeans are hot on you!!! I think they’re super cute but not for me haha they make me look really squatty!!

  31. You look Fabulous! Thanks so much for stopping by my blog! I am now following your blog via google friend connect.

  32. Aggie602 says:

    Omg you look great with the jeans, seriously like a model! Your style in these pics remind me of Kate Hudson free spirited look and style she is beautiful too. I swear you have a resemblance to her in these pics. Thx for leaving such a sweet comment on my blog following you back : )

  33. DSK Steph says:

    It’s nice to meet you! 🙂

    Hello from Seattle!

  34. kayceewhy says:

    I adore this look! Your outfit turned out great and looked completely effortless. The fringe bag idea sounds really fun too but I also like your yellow purse in the photo. It compliments your look so well in the photograph.

  35. WOW…stunning!!! You look so fabulous and pulled the 70’s look beautifully

    XoXo
    http://fashionmakeuplifestyle.blogspot.com

  36. I totally agree with you especially on 1 and 4. You look amazing..like a star!! I like the bright bag idea, a new spin on 70’s. 🙂

    xx
    Heel in Mint

  37. it looooks so bad on jessica, but pretty on you!
    yOU LOOK BEAUTIFUL!

    XoXo
    H&C from Amsterdam
    http://www.sistersandsisters.com

  38. jardelle says:

    ahhh i love these jeans and i wear them a lot

  39. Ruby Girl says:

    girl, you rock those jeans!! i got a pair of bell-bottoms recently but they weren’t high waisted. i couldn’t find any around here, in my price range 🙂 will do when it’s jeans season again though! <3 EverRubyGirl.blogspot.com

  40. Ahhh the mom jeans, I remember. Haha

    And you totally pulled that off! Nice 😀 following your blog now dear 😀

  41. You look infinitely better than Jessica Simpson. Granted, the angles were not flattering, and that is what you deserve when you buy jeans from WalMart (did you see that color? cheap). Still, you look amazing. I wish I could pull off this look as well as you.

    http://www.glamkittenslitterbox.com/
    Twitter: @GlamKitten88

  42. that was my exact thought too! but now i really love it!!! 😀

    p.s. i am a new follower! 🙂

    <3, Mimi
    http://whatmimiwrites.blogspot.com/

  43. You rock it girl!!!

  44. Niki B. says:

    as soon as I saw the j simps pic I started laughing. homegirl is never going to live that day down. haha. and I like your tips for 70s chic!

    x Niki from A Haute Mess

    ps. I have a giveaway you might be interested in! You can enter to win a beautiful silver statement necklace from Stella & Dot. More details here 🙂

  45. Katherine says:

    You make these jeans look absolutely fabulous! I adore the way you modeled them – way better than those unfortunate JS pictures – I remember the first time those came out ..!

  46. Christina says:

    Such an awesome post!!! You know, this look is definitely not my favorite for Jessica Simpson but am I wrong to say I still think she looks okay? However, she’s looks no where near as good as you in this trend though

    xo

  47. I love the yellow bag! It looks so fabulous! Thanks for the comment on my blog 🙂
    Much love,
    Lydia

    http://www.styleindependent.com

  48. Rachella says:

    The braided belt is so nice!

  49. BannedFromAdsense.NET says:

    Really nice pictures 🙂

  50. Stephanie says:

    you rocked the jeans so well!! and i love annalynne’s picture too. she’s one of my favs.

  51. Je ne sais quoi says:

    I really like your blog.
    great pictures.
    check out mine.

    hope you will follow me 🙂

    xoxo

  52. wow!these jeans are awesome!

  53. Laura Loves Clothes says:

    I love your jeans! fabulous!! <3

  54. travelkate says:

    You look adorable! Rocked the look perfectly!

  55. all over.ann. says:
  56. Meisha.Style says:

    the jeans are great! you have super long legs!

  57. Maja and Leja says:

    I love all photos except ones with Jessica Simpson on :PP Oh, and I adore your Steve Madden shoes.

    xoxo

    http://randomgirl-ishstuff.blogspot.com/

  58. Oh thanks 🙂
    Very nice blog!
    xoxo
    julie-collet.blogspot.com

  59. I really love your blog. Those styles are great with those jeans.

  60. Estelle says:

    O.k. so I love the look and you look fantastic but I just don’t think I can pull it off. Love your shoes by the way. Those I could pull off. =)

  61. Very cute <3

    When you get the chance check me out
    http://www.ladyjjs.blogspot.com

  62. MAX POWER says:

    I’m not a fan of those high jeans :C Like.. I see trendy girls trying to wear them all the time, they look alright but … yeah… I don’t find them attractive :/ Lets hope it stops!

  63. I like this post!))) Thank you for sharing!)))
    I’ve just found your blog! And it’s really awesome!

    Big kigg from Belarus!

  64. GorJess Fashion For Less says:

    Great post. I love your whole look. Can’t believe those jeans are from Forever 21. I totally need to get over there. They look great on you. Much better than Jessica Simpson.

  65. you’re wearing those flared jeans brilliantly!
    xx

    themerrimari.blogspot.com

  66. great post!

  67. you look stunning, a lot better than Jessica Simpson. Much better choice of belt, thumbs up.

    Helen, X
    areyoudressingupordressingdown.blogspot.com

  68. You’ve really pulled those off brilliantly x

  69. I love your blog! you are so inspirational! if you get the chance to check out my blog i would love to see what you think of it! you opinions would be greatly appreiciated. 🙂

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  70. you look so good and luv…luv…luv your hills!!! ^_^

  71. Sabrina says:

    love your outfit dear! those flared jeans look amazing on you!
    x

  72. YOu look great in these jeans and I have the same shoes from Steve Madden, but in white & in black too lol. Following you back.

    xoxo

  73. Maryam Maquillage says:

    Terrific post!!! you look fabulous in your 70’s jeans! I have to admit, I’ve been very skeptical about these because of the butt part… I don’t know if it makes it flatter, but it definitely makes it appear longer and bigger, but not in a positive way… I like that you wore your tank half untucked, that actually works and I’m going to try it! Thanks :)))

    http://fixyourfacemakeup.blogspot.com/

  74. The Corner Girl says:

    Thanks so much for following my blog! I’m now following you too! Your blog looks very professional and spot-on for the trends! Happy to find another fashion blogger! 🙂

  75. great post! the 70’s style jean is def an item at the VERY top of my wishlist right now!

  76. I love, love, love flares! They’re the best! So flattering! 🙂

  77. deEPOCA says:

    without looking like jessica simpson….haha poor gurl!

    great post

    rad online vintage store
    http://www.deepoca.net

  78. Thank you so much for your comment! I love 70’s jeans, too, you can where them anytime 🙂

  79. I want to get those kind of jeans!! 🙂

  80. Bad Joan says:

    Loving the 70’s jeans look!

    http://badjoan.blogspot.com/

  81. laurien says:

    thanks for your nice comment
    I like this post!
    I want a jeans like that !
    x

  82. o dale you look great ! love this outfit <3

    kisses from germany <3

    civciv

  83. love the jeans. loving your blog.

    http://ieatyogurtforbreakfast.blogspot.com/

  84. I love how you pull this look off, it looks a lot better =)

  85. Thank you for your recommendation.I want to tell youTrue Religion Outlet is also a good choice.

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