With tracksuits, louche velvet strides and frayed denim all proving popular with the street style set, here is the definitive guide on the new trouser shapes to invest in for winter – and how to wear them.
Stonewashed straight-leg jeans
Step hem and frayed jeans are still going strong, but wash and weight should be your key concerns when investing in a new pair. Stonewashed or lived-in blue denim is the shade du jour, and elastane blends should be avoided at all costs. Cool-girl brands Rockins and M.i.h Jeans are committed to bringing back authentic jeans (the high-waist kind worn by Debbie Harry) so a pair of elasticated skinnies just won’t do.
Best for:High-rise rigid jeans pull everything below the hip in to create an ‘apple bum’ effect. Perfect if squat jumps have been low on your priority list of late. The waist-cinching and step hem cut will also elongate shorter legs.
When to wear: Consider faded denim, chunky knitwear and trainers your weekend uniform for the next few months.
The heritage trouser
Checked trousers are a simple way to nod to winter’s heritage trend. You can take them to work with a matching blazer, but avoid looking too ‘town and country’ by swapping blouses for a contrasting polo-neck jumper underneath. We advise tucking the front of blue shirts or chunky cream knits into wide-leg styles for a laid-back approach to the look, which will work for both work and play.
Best for: Most checked trousers come in wool blends which are wonderfully resilient at warding off the winter chill. Tall women can breeze through the season in wide, floor-skimming styles, but shorter ladies should invest in tailored pairs that flash a little ankle.
When to wear: Sunday lunch dates. Add loafers and a cable knit funnel-neck jumper to chime with the country mood.
The posh trackies
The ultimate lounge trouser has had a smart makeover this season. Though some influencers are wearing their old-school adidas trackies in an ironic way, workwear pin-ups such as Olivia Palermo, have updated their smart navy and black trousers for athletic styles with a stripe down the side. Treat them as you would your classic office trousers, but try matching the go-faster panels with other coloured accents on your outfit.
Best for:Women who want to nod to the sportswear trend without borrowing their teenage son’s hoody. Avoid tapered ankles in favour of loose-fitting cuts that chime with the casual ‘athleisure’ look. The side stripe will automatically elongate the legs, but for extra height add point-toe heels.
When to wear: Smarten up for the office with a shirt, crew-neck jumper and heeled pumps. Or simply add trainers for off-duty engagements.
The work trousers that suit you
Wide-legged trousers might be the best at aiding the season’s relaxed silhouette, but if you’re petite or pear-shaped they will wash out your figure. Think hard about the shapes that work for your frame. Ankle grazing, smart grey trousers, like Natasha Goldenberg’s (main picture) will ensure shorter females look pulled together, while taller women can enjoy floor grazers. Buy the shape that suits you in navy and grey and be safe in the knowledge that you’ve got a classic workwear foundation to build upon.