How, with some help from her friends, Elle.com’s basics-loving editor found herself wearing fashion’s hit jean.

With fashion and most things in life, I tend to play it safe. After nearly eight years working in the industry, and feeling a bit sartorially intimidated for much of it, I’ve finally become comfortable in a wardrobe of basics that are easy to mix and match from places like A.P.C., Everlane, J.Crew, and Steven Alan, along with the occasional piece from Christophe Lemaire and The Row. Add one magnificent cashmere wrap coat from MaxMara into my mix of cashmere crewnecks, jeans, and pencil skirts, and I was finally starting to feel at ease, if not at home, among the fashion-week peacocks.

So how, then, did I get to these jeans? These glorious, JNCO-redux, wide-leg wonders by Rachel Comey? I think I first saw them (they’re called the Legion Wide-Leg) on my friend Leandra Medine, The Man Repeller, and thought, “Oh, those are so great, and something only she could pull off.” And then I thought about them some more. And then I found myself on Crosby Street at Rachel Comey’s store on a rainy Saturday. “I should probably just try them on,” I thought. They were unlike any other jeans I’d ever owned: attention grabbing, exaggerated, and while I usually like my jeans form-fitting, these were anything but.

Leah Chernikoff

Still, I wanted them. And I needed validation. I group texted the chicest people I know: three of my former Fashionista editors (Lauren Sherman, Britt Aboutaleb, and Hayley Phelan) as well as Elle.com’s deputy editor, Ruthie Friedlander. YES! and YASSS and DEF rolled in. I was sold.

I always know I’ve made a good purchase when I want to wear the item immediately. So it has been with these jeans. I wear them with a white T-shirt and espadrilles for an easy casual look that, thanks to these jeans, feels less boring. Add a black bodysuit plus some heels, and they’re cocktail ready.

Leah ChernikoffWALK THIS WAY Follow Elle.com’s editor Leah Chernikoff – wear Rachel Comey Legion Wide-Legs with a backless bodysuit and heels. Shop the look below.
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Leah’s hair and makeup, by GlamSquad