The trouser edit
Trousers are big this season. And I’m not talking about MC Hammer-sized proportions, I’m talking big news. Not one to have really embraced the dress, this thrills me, so I’ve picked my three favourite styles of strides making headlines right now: cuffed, wide-leg and printed.
Chloe showed an amazing billowy lipstick-red pair of trousers on the A/W 2012 catwalk, and I want them immediately. Or, failing that, I’ll opt for this more affordable pair from Forever 21. Cuffed trousers are really wearable, and can give a laid-back sporty/lounge vibe to a smart top. They also stop the wind from blowing up your trouser leg when it’s nippy, but then the fashionistas never tell you such practical things…
Stella McCartney’s fuchsia-coloured wide-leg pants take away any dowdy-office-wear connotations and would add an easy wow to a plain grey Tshirt. But whatever hue you choose, wide-leg trousers skim over curves and create a stylish, classic silhouette when teamed with a fitted top. I love the casual-smart combo of a pair of tailored trousers with a knitted top or long-sleeved Tshirt – with flats, heels or even sneakers. These trews also tie into the mannish vibe that took over the catwalks.
Hurrah! Printed trousers are still on trend! However, this season it’s more of a straight cut with a strong, graphic print, brocade or dark winter floral, rather than the floaty, silky pyjama pants of summer. We have Prada to thank for this (everyone say Thank you, Prada). And as every mummy knows, printed trousers rock, as they disguise lumps and bumps, instantly add interest to a boring top and, more importantly, camouflage all the yogurt, felt-tip and tomato-sauce stains you’ll be decorated with at the end of the day.
Catwalk pics by iMAXTREE