Wide-legged jeans are simultaneously a throwback to the ’70s and way to signal your independent, fashion-forward style. While they are shorthand for youth and a care-free lifestyle, hippie-chic waistcoats and leather sandals no longer are (the only) way to wear them. The 21st century’s wide-legged jeans are engineered to flatter your figure by fitting snugly down to the knees before flaring out. A low-rise cut will elongate your waist and torso, not to mention being very Woodstock. Wear it with a plain white or slogan T-shirt or a body-hugging polo neck or shirt that's neatly tucked in. Mid- and high-rise styles, on the other hand, will work better if your bottom needs a lift and your tummy needs a little tucking. It, too, looks great with T-shirts and slim-line tops as well as a flowing blouse. Try a few looks; you'll soon see which proportions are the most flattering for your figure. Up your retro flair with platforms or wedges that will lengthen your legs and create a more feminine look. Go for a dark colour such as indigo and black and team your jeans with a cropped jacket or a blazer for a sophisticated look that's smart enough to wear to the office. Save the faded and pale blue wide-legged jeans for casual wear: think a jingle-jangle stack of bracelets and sandals. If skinnies are your everyday fashion bread and butter, wide-legged jeans are the surprise dish you whip up to impress dinner guests. It requires minimal fuss yet packs a lot of oomph. Whether you take your inspiration from Audrey Hepburn or Annie Hall, wide-legged jeans are essential for injecting quirky style into your wardrobe.