Pair with off-the-shoulder tops, wedges, and chunky platforms. Think Carly Simon's '70s look.
But don't go all-out retro: Stick to jeans with minimal embellishment and clean washes.
Afraid of bell-bottoms? Try these Chico's "barely flares," (at left) which are a less extreme version of the style.
From left to right: Dark jeans, Rag & Bone/JEAN, $187, Rag-bone.com. Light jeans, MiH Jeans, $198, Mih-jeans.com. White jeans, Chico's, $79, Chicos.com.