Friday 23 February 2018

How to wear: This season's trousers

Chloe wide leg trousers
Chloe wide leg trousers
Maria Luisa tailored trousers

Angela Scanlon

The past few years have seen us foster a serious obsession with the dress. Hard to believe but remember when "jeans and a top" was the only Saturday night uniform?! Sure, dresses are great but this season it’s all about the trouser. I for one am thrilled. I think androgynous, masculine looks can be a lot sexier than a micro mini with your cheeks hanging out.

So, where to start now that the dreaded harem pants have died a death.

Well, there are only two key trends you need to know about so ditch the dress, indulge yourself!

Cigarette Pants:

As seen on the runways of Stella McCartney, Balenciaga and Prada, the 1960s cigarette trousers have been revived this autumn and are perfect for slim figures.

When looking for the ideal cigarette trousers, opt for a boyish fit with a flat front and ones that sit just below the hip. Wear with heels to accentuate and lengthen the legs. Try a mid heel pointy toe!

If you’re blessed in the height department, cropped ankle-skimming cigarette trousers with flat brogues or colourful pumps can also make for a casual and cute look.

Keep the look streamlined and team with a crisp white shirt or for a more casual take on the trend opt for a loose knit that sits just below the hips. A feminine blouse will also contrast the masculine style of the trousers but remember to keep the whole silhouette sleek, simple and never fussy.

1970s High-Waisted Trousers:

If you are more generous in the hip department, then 1970s high-waisted trousers are a great option. They're looser than cigarette trousers and work to balance the body proportions. Plus they're the picture of elegance!

To elongate the body, wear the trousers with a sleek blouse or vest worn tucked and always add heels to lengthen the legs.

The key to finding the perfect fit is to always try before you buy!

High Street stores such as H&M, Gap, Warehouse and Topshop have a great variety of trouser styles to choose from so try as many pairs as possible to see what feels comfortable and flatters your body shape.

A fabulous pair of trousers can make a great wardrobe staple and this season there are more choices than ever so dig in...

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