Put your best leg forward
Bairbre Power has the skinny on the hottest shapes, colours and prints for trousers
Skinny or flared, pyjama style or loose prints? Trouser options reach double digits this season, giving dresses a run for their money as the most hard-working wardrobe item.
After shape, there's the whole colour debate. Primaries and pastels, or traditionalist in denim and black?
For KARL, the new boy in town this week, it's black on the bottom and colour on the top.
The new affordable diffusion range from Karl Lagerfeld, creative director at Chanel, arrived into town just two days ago and should be a quick sell-out at BT2 in Grafton Street, the first on-street store to secure the collection.
KARL pieces, including a wow biker jacket at €1,000, have been available online from last month. While internet shopping is fine and dandy for accessories and some separates, jeans are a whole other headache.
Total ease of fit is one reason why pyjamas have taken off.
First seen on the Celine catwalk this time last year, they offer a lovely languid shape, ultra-stylish in draped fabric, but they're not so cool in big print, badly cut cotton.
Yet don't castigate the whole pyjama thing too quickly. Stella McCartney rolled out jackets, trousers and shirts in China-blue prints and they were warmly received.
Rock them with Pope's slippers-style loafers for a casual look.
Fire-engine red and electric-blue jeans are de rigueur this season and, for guilt-free retailing, you can't beat a €29 flutter on F&F scarlet skinnies at Tesco.
Moving into print, why not consider paisley? Alexa Chung wore paisley-print trousers by JW Anderson at London Fashion Week and sent the paps into paroxysms.
Polka-dot prints in navy and white are a modern way to channel the nautical colour story, and House of Fraser's options come in at €49.
Palazzos don't always get a good press, but they are coming up as a new alternative to maxis.
The recent M&S show included several well-priced styles.
Tangarine rules this season and if you want to dip your toe tentatively in this colour, opt for flock-print orange trousers, such as the ones at Penneys this month for just €19.