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Striped pants pay off

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Kirsten Dunst shows her fashion flair with striped pants.
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By Teena Hammond
PEOPLE

(PEOPLE) -- The new Austin Powers film won't hit screens until July, but shades of the groovy spy's signature style are already evident in the wild striped pants showing up on hipsters like Kirsten Dunst and Melissa Joan Hart.

The Carnaby Street classic is "fun and funky," says celeb dresser Tod Hallman.

Plus, the loud low-riders "are a welcome alternative to prints," says L.A. stylist Roberta Wagner.

Though it may be hard to look smashing, baby, "a lot of people can wear striped pants," insists L.A. designer Henry Duarte, who custom-made Rosanna Arquette's bold black-and-white hip-huggers.

Here's the secret: Stick with the basics when topping of the trousers.

"Wear them with a plain tank top," advises stylist Samantha McMillen. And put on a happy face.

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"I love these pants," raves actress Jennifer Grant of hers, by Hipie Jeans. "They make me smile. They remind me of clown pants." Oh, behave!

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