It is most unhelpful hearing “anything goes” as the new season’s mantra from the fashion pundits. So here is a little checklist to be helpful when struggling with this season’s trouser shape trends.
Wide Strides. Pair billowing trousers with neat short knits to show off your waist. Pop on a slim belt and wear your trousers with high or low heels. Plain crepe is a great feel and the best option if wide is new for you. Wide leg flat front, £195 in a woven satin back crepe, if you prefer as Jersey crepe at £125, and the luxurious wide leg silk trouser, £295, are some to choose from. There are plenty of tweedy looks in evidence but steer clear of looking “land-girl”, Hollywood relaxed is the way to go.
Slim-cut. Fortunately the low-waisted look has died, so no need to come crying out of the changing room. Frame your shape in high-waisted cigarette pants that only need a sweater or sharp jacket to complete the look, perfect are the relaxed pull on tapered legs. Cigarette tailored trousers with self-stripe, £150, also the cotton twill straight leg, £75, are good all year round styles. Try a bow blouse for instant catwalk chic. The shorter length is still very much the trend this year.
Culottes. Play around with hemlines to get yours to finish at just the right point above the ankle or mid-calf. Wear them with ankle boots or loafers and sheer hose if you feel you can, it looks more stylish. Culottes can be in soft wool but also in stiffer fabrics. Remember these are not skirts so ramp up the playful sporty side of this look. Katherine Culottes £195, soft in satin backed crepe.