Winter is definitely here and if you haven’t yet had a wardrobe clear out and got a few new pieces in, now is the time to do it because new pieces quickly update your look and this season trousers are definitely one of those areas where there’s been change! I’ve put together a list of what’s new with ideas for how to wear the different styles, some tips at the end for buying trousers and options if you don’t fancy any of the trends described below!
We’ve all got used to skinny trousers, but now things are changing again, with bootcut, palazzo, and cropped culottes in this season. The prominent trends include:
Cropped straight trousers
These create a very young, trendy, androgynous look when paired with big block heels. To make the most of this look, try wearing a slightly looser blouse (and there are loads of these about, with this season’s 70s styling), or a shirt with a jumper over it.
High waisted bootcut trousers
These aren’t the same low waisted bootcut trousers of the early 2000s — instead they follow the 70s style of the season with a slight bootcut and a high waist. You can use these types of trousers to make a nice work look if you wear them with a tailored shirt, but be careful with that waistline. If you’re curvy or thicker around the middle, you don’t want to have a line cutting you right across the middle, so wear an untucked shirt with court shoes, or try a looser, tie neck peasant blouse for a more casual look.
Culottes are also in this season, with quite a long leg in a variety of lengths. The two main things to bear in mind with these are that you need to balance your body — the more volume you have on the bottom, the more fitted your top should be — and the hemline. The more cut off points you have on your body, the shorter you’ll look, so if you’re wearing shorter culottes, pair them with long boots to make your legs look longer.
This trend was one of the biggest surprises for me this season, after all the years of leggings and skinny trousers. These trousers are so wide that they almost look like long skirts, so similarly to the culottes, you need to pair them with a fitted top.
Finally, the Oxford bag has come back into fashion. This style always reminds me of Katherine Hepburn or Bianca Jagger — these trousers are quite slouchy and can look very smart, but you need to be tall or add height with a heel to really pull them off.
An alternative look
All fairly dramatic looks … so if none of them suit you, don’t worry. Instead, try an alternative of fairly straight trousers that have a little bit of width to them. Gerard Darel, Jaeger, Piazza Sempione, and Max & Co all have some good options for this more traditional look.
A few things to remember in general when you’re buying trousers:
— Sit down in trousers that you’re trying on to see how comfortable they are in different positions.
— Look at both the back and the front to see where the trousers are pulling.
— Wear something on your top half that you’re likely to wear with the trousers you’re trying on, and wear the type of footwear that you’ll pair the trousers with — it makes a huge difference in how they look on you!
— Watch out for pockets, because wherever you get pockets you’ll have added width. If you’re trying to avoid adding width to your hips, go for pockets that are built into the seams of the trousers.
— Carry a pendant with you when you’re trying on trousers — it automatically takes the eye in and down.
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