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Attention, real girls and Charlie's Angels fans everywhere, the wide-leg trouser is back, as liberating (literally) as they were in the seventies. Besides serving as an alternative to those oppressive skinny jeans, they're sleeker and chicer in look and feel. Primary case in point: not a hint of polyester in sight.

1) Even if you aren't blessed with gams like Farrah Fawcett, a wider leg can flatter. Emulate the angelic long-limbed actress by pairing full trousers with a chunky heel to elongate the body.

2) Keep your proportions in check. With so much volume, you'll want to keep ensembles balanced with more form-fitting pieces - such as those at Phillip Lim's runway presentation - up top. Go, for example, with a tailored button-up and jacket over a tunic or heavy knit.

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3) When channelling the Me Decade, don't overdo the disco, especially when you're at your desk. Stick to thicker fabrications such as wool blends in neutral tones. You can save those chartreuse satin party pants for the weekend.

Styling by Sarah Jay (www.sarahjay.ca); hair and makeup by David Goveia for TRESemmé/Judy Inc. (www.judyinc.com).

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