Show them who wears the trousers

The Jewish Chronicle - - Life/fashion -

FASH­ION IS hav­ing a def­i­nite trouser mo­ment right now. W e ma y all still be wear­ing sassy pen­cil skirts or short skirt­plus-leg­gings/dress-plus-leg­gings com­bos but, trust me, as win­ter rolls in, trousers will sud­denly seem mag­net­i­cally, ir­re­sistibly and riv­et­ingly new. And even if you can re­sist their al­lure this sea­son, there is ab­so­lutely no doubt that by next spring you will be forced to face up to the chal­lenge of find­ing the right pair.

And whereas last win­ter there were just a few trouser op­tions — wide-leg, skinny or cropped (with the oc­ca­sional sub-cat­e­gory, like straight cropped or wide cropped), this sea­son (and next) there are a whole lot more shapes to con­fuse and con­found us: skinny, wide, cropped, carrot-top (aka peg-top), jodh­pur, harem, high-waist, leg­gings, treggings… And all of them re­quire rig­or­ous thought about what we team with them and how we accessorise them…

are a no-brainer for those with slim hips and thighs. Wear them any way you like — with a cropped jacket, boyfriend jacket, a short tro­phy jacket, a cropped fake-fur or marabou jacket. If you are not so stream­lined, you can still make skinny trousers work: al­ways team them with a longer top half — a boyfriend jacket or long blazer, long chunky knit cardi or sweater, or a boyfriend cardi. Wear state­ment shoes or an­kle boots with the high­est heels you can bear.

High-shine skinny trousers, £38, Top­shop; skinny trousers with zips, £38, Next; skinny trousers with zips, £155, Acne (www. browns­fash­ion.com); black-and-white tie-dye skinny trousers Felder Felder, £380 (www.browns­fash­ion.com).

have be­come a wardrobe clas­sic. In the right pro­por­tion, they work for al­most every­one, though “in the right pro­por­tion” is key to get­ting the look right. It would be help­ful if there was a for­mula that cor­re­lated the width of the hem with the wearer’s hip size and height. But in the ab­sence of a for­mula, take a long, hard look in the mir­ror be­fore buy­ing. If they make you look square, they are too wide; try an­other pair. Any­thing long and wide worn over wide-leg trousers will make you look wide all the way down, so al­ways wear them with a nar­row-cut top or shirt, or with a nar­row-cut or nipped-waist blazer or jacket. Un­less you are very tall, added height is es­sen­tial. Wear the high­est heels you can walk in …

Wide leg trousers, £30, Marisota (www.marisota.co.uk); LPBG high-waist, wool, £435 (www.browns­fash­ion.com); High­waist, belted trousers, £35 Marks & Spencer.

are in a sim­i­lar cat­e­gory, in terms of ben­e­fits and draw­backs, to skinny trousers. Skinny girls can wear them any way they like. The less skinny can still look fab­u­lous with a boyfriend jacket, long blazer or a chunky knit to mid-thigh. Again, tow­er­ing an­kle boots or strappy shoes are vi­tal.

For plain leg­gings, it is hard to beat Pri­mark’s Light Con­trol Leg­gings at £4 a pair. Or try M&S Lim­ited Col­lec­tion shiny leg­gings £15. LNA ripped de­tail leg­gings £80 (www.browns­fash­ion.com); Dorothy Perkins leop­ard print, £22.

are the shape we are least likely to em­brace with en­thu­si­asm. They def­i­nitely hint at adult nap­pies, and I sus­pect most of us will steer clear for win­ter. But well cut ones look fab­u­lous with a skinny black vest. And by next spring I have a hunch we will em­brace them for sum­mer hols and week­ends.

Black, cropped harem pants by Vince, £230 (www.browns­fash­ion.com); Ge­orge at Asda harem trousers, £45; Privet Harem Pants, All Saints, £85.

have a bit of a PR bat­tle on their hands thanks to their as­so­ci­a­tion with the pas­tel “cropped” trousers of re­cent sum­mers. Now, an­kle-skim­ming trousers are the coolest thing on planet fash­ion so, for­get “cropped” and think “an­kle skim­ming”; think Marni, Dries van Noten…

Pleat front trousers, Dries van Noten, £365 (www. browns­fash­ion.com); taupe cropped trousers, £49.50, M&S Au­to­graph; black cropped trousers, £55, Miss Sel­fridge.

are the ones we have men­tally foresworn, and yet by Novem­ber we will all be try­ing them on in Browns/Top­shop/Pri­mark (se­lect shop in your price range), looking in the mir­ror and ut­ter­ing that death­less line, “does my bum look big in th­ese?” Pro­vid­ing you choose a well­cut pair, and work the look care­fully, they are the coolest, most on-trend trouser look for this sea­son.

Black silk by Bal­main, £1,205 (www.browns­fash­ion.com); flan­nel pleat front, Yves St Lau­rent, £615 (www.browns­fash­ion. com); High sheen, £34.99, River Is­land; black peg top trousers, £110 Hobbs.

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1. Metal­lic skinny trousers with zips, £38, Next

2. Carrot-top trousers, £845, Ba­len­ci­aga (www. browns­fash­ion. com)

3. Flan­nel pleat fron trouser, Yves St Lau­rent, £615 (www. browns fash­ion.com)

4. Wide-leg trousers, £30, Marisota (www. marisota.com)

5. Wool peg-top trousers, £110, Hobbs

6. Black skinny PU trousers, £45, em­bel­lished jacket, £75, both Wal­lis

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Hi-sheen peg-top trousers, £34.99; waist­coat, £24; cropped tux, £34.99; cap, £24.99; and cut­away boots, £85. All at River Is­land

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