If you’re going to invest in any trend for the next season, go with something 70’s inspired. I have never owned a pair of bell bottom pants in my life, but like some tie dyes we have seen in the past few years, the old hippie look can certainly be updated to look modern and chic. When I saw the Paige Lou Lou Tulip Jean, it really sparked my imagination because it crosses between a skinny jean and a bell bottom jean (if you can imagine). It’s slimming at the same time it has the dramatic kick the bell bottom has.
The Lou Lou Tulip has an 8″ rise, and on the low end of the mid-rise, so I did experience a bit of muffin top when I first tried them on. At first I regretted getting my regular size (27) because they seemed too small, but as a lightweight denim it did not take long for them to stretch. After about half an hour and a half of wearing them they did not seem too small at all, and I even considered wearing a belt. Thank god they didn’t keep stretching! I really liked the crispness of the denim, the black was really black and the classic five pocket styling had minimal branding in the front, and in the back the pockets were clean…with only a small label on the waistband. I guess, I’ve been spoiled by J Brand for not putting the label on the waistband…but that’s an easy thing to cut off.
I did love the fit as much as I thought I would. The Lou Lou Tulip jean is not your boot cut circa 2006 and it’s not a retro 70’s bell bottom. They brought the best of modern denim with the stretch and the fits (they’ve gotten so much better over the years… I used to hate jean shopping!) The skinny is truly skinny, I felt that it made my legs look long and slender, and the flare was dramatic enough without being over the top.
How to wear the Lou Lou Tulip Jean:
You can wear anything with this jean. The best part is that you can really wear chunky sweaters with this jean because they’re so fitted on most of the leg. The bell has room to wear your favorite pair of booties underneath and a thick pair of socks if it’s getting too cold. From the front they almost look like a skinny boot cut, and it’s not really until you see from the side, that they flare quite a bit, so you have a lot of freedom to play with silhouettes.
Part of updating the retro-jean is with accessories. I recently bought the Madewelll Whistle Necklace, which is great for layering with other necklaces. Plus, think of what you can do with a whistle!