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9 Easy Jumper-and-Trouser Outfits That Look Next-Level Chic

My sartorial needs right now are simple: to be warm and comfortable. So that means nothing is coming between me and my jumpers at the moment. Still, after pulling on my favourite cream cable-knit jumper for what feels like (and probably is) the 500th day in a row, I’m in need of some fresh inspiration on how to style it as we head into spring.

Okay, I know what you’re thinking. Jumper-and-trouser outfits are hardly groundbreaking—they’re one of the most basic combinations out there. But aren’t the simplest things always the most effective? I certainly think so. Putting jeans, leggings and joggers to one side, I was keen to discover how fashion people are assembling their jumper-and-trouser outfits for spring in an attempt to make my own ensembles more polished (though no less comfortable). And what I found was seriously impressive.

From foolproof pairings, including cable-knits with navy strides to the easy way to upgrade the black trousers you used to wear religiously to the office, scroll on to see nine jumper-and-trouser outfits that look beyond chic.

1. CABLE-KNIT + NAVY WOOL

Jumper and Trouser Outfits: @tylynnnguyen

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@tylynnnguyen

Style Notes: The look I’m most impatient to re-create is this offering. A cream cable-knit with navy trousers was always going to look elevated, but tuck the trousers into glossy riding boots? It looks even more stylish. 

Shop the Look:
Ralph Lauren Cable-Knit Dolman-Sleeve Jumper
Ralph Lauren
Cable-Knit Dolman-Sleeve Jumper
£129
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A staple I’d love to have in my wardrobe. 

COS Straight-Leg Wool Trousers
COS
Straight-Leg Wool Trousers
£89
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The perfect navy trousers. 

Totême Leather Knee-High Boots
Totême
Leather Knee-High Boots
£710
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I can already think of so many ways to wear these boots. 

2. OVERSIZE GREY + CARGO

Jumper and Trouser Outfits: @smythsisters

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@smythsisters

Style Notes: Cargo trousers are having a moment, with those in the know opting to wear theirs with minimalistic heels and heeled boots for a glossy spin. Me? I’ll take cues from this look by adding a grey oversize knit into the equation. 

Shop the Look:
COS Loose-Fit Cropped Jumper
COS
Loose-Fit Cropped Jumper
£69
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This is perfectly oversized. 

Hollister Utility Dad Pants
Hollister
Utility Dad Pants
£39
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One of the sleekest pairs of cargo trousers I’ve seen. 

ASOS Remmy Set-Back Heeled Boots in Black
ASOS
Remmy Set-Back Heeled Boots in Black
£38
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I already own these and can confirm they’re super comfortable. 

3. STAPLE BLACK + LEATHER

Jumper and Trouser Outfits: @mimi.orere

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@mimi.orere

Style Notes: Assuming you already own a basic black jumper, give it a directional spin by styling it with a pair of leather trousers. Mimi makes hers look even sleeker by pairing them with leather boots. 

Shop the Look:
& Other Stories Cropped Mock Neck Sweater
& Other Stories
Cropped Mock Neck Sweater
£35
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A jumper you can’t go wrong with. 

Next Black Faux Leather PU Wide Leg Trousers
Next
Black Faux Leather PU Wide Leg Trousers
£38
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These trousers come in sizes 6 to 26. 

Totême The Mid Heel Black Leather Ankle Boots
Totême
The Mid Heel Black Leather Ankle Boots
£540
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Great—another pair of Totême boots to drool over. 

4. MAROON + CLASSY CREAM

Jumper and Trouser Outfits: @sasha.mei

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@sasha.mei

Style Notes: Although I can be incredibly clumsy, even I am drawn to the creamy wide-leg trousers that fashion types seem to be wearing on repeat right now. My favourite interpretation of the trend? Sasha’s look—her burgundy knit and cream trousers create an elevated colour pairing I can’t fault. 

Shop the Look:
COS Relaxed-Fit Jumper
COS
Relaxed-Fit Jumper
£59
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COS’s knitwear category is looking incredibly strong right now. 

Arket High Waist Leather Belt
Arket
High Waist Leather Belt
£59
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I’m always on the lookout for premium belts. 

Abercrombie & Fitch Relaxed Wide Leg Pants
Abercrombie & Fitch
Relaxed Wide Leg Pants
£65
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A pair that won’t break the bank. 

5. GRAPHIC KNIT + BLACK STRIDES

Jumper and Trouser Outfits: @abimarvel

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@abimarvel

Style Notes: If you have an old pair of black trousers lurking in the back of your wardrobe, why not give them a springtime spin by styling them with a pair of trending trainers (I’ve opted for New Balance) and a colour-block knit?

Shop the Look:
& Other Stories Cable Knit Colour Block Sweater
& Other Stories
Cable Knit Colour Block Sweater
£120
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Isn’t this fun? 

Karen Millen Curve Clean Tailored Pleat Wide Leg Trouser
Karen Millen
Curve Clean Tailored Pleat Wide Leg Trouser
£80
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The pleats on these trousers ensure they hang beautifully. 

New Balance 327 White & Grey Trainers
New Balance
327 White & Grey Trainers
£100
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This year’s most in-demand kicks. 

6. CROCHET + CORDUROY 

Jumper and Trouser Outfits: @aprillockhart

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@aprillockhart

Style Notes: Seventies styling was evident on the 2022 runways, with crochet textures set to be even bigger than usual this spring. Up the throwback ante by wearing your crochet knitwear with a pair of corduroy trousers. 

Shop the Look:
Chloé Striped Cashmere-Blend Sweater
Chloé
Striped Cashmere-Blend Sweater
£1040
£624
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The only thing that can improve this Chloé jumper? The fact it’s on sale. 

Reformation Alyssa Corduroy Trousers
Reformation
Alyssa Corduroy Trousers
£166
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Corduroy gets a sleekover thanks to Reformation. 

Victoria Beckham Valentina Knee-High Leather 95mm Boot in Ochre Yellow
Victoria Beckham
Valentina Knee-High Leather 95mm Boot in Ochre Yellow
£1090
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Lift your look with a pair of colour-pop boots. 

7. POLO KNIT + TAPERED

Jumper and Trouser Outfits: @femmeblk

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@femmeblk

Style Notes: The polo collar on knitwear is a look that’s not going anywhere—make like Lydia and wear yours with a pair of no-fuss trousers and mules for a masterclass in minimalist styling. 

Shop the Look:
Khaite Jo Cashmere-Blend Sweater
Khaite
Jo Cashmere-Blend Sweater
£610
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This also comes in classic navy. 

Mango Flare Crop Trousers
Mango
Flare Crop Trousers
£30
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The slight kick-flare on these trousers makes them even more fashionable. 

By Far Tanya Suede Mules
By Far
Tanya Suede Mules
£290
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I’ve had my eye on these mules for the longest time. 

8. BRETON STRIPES + WIDE-LEG

Jumper and Trouser Outfits: @amaka.hamelijnck

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@amaka.hamelijnck

Style Notes: Breton-stripe knitwear continues to be a top seller for most brands this spring—use yours to elevate your classic black, wide-leg trousers for everything from work meetings to dinners out. 

Shop the Look:
Monki Striped Heavy Knit Sweater
Monki
Striped Heavy Knit Sweater
£30
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I enjoy the varied stripes on this frugal knit. 

River Island RI Studio Pleated Wide Leg Trousers
River Island
RI Studio Pleated Wide Leg Trousers
£55
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The cut of these high-street trousers looks so expensive. 

ACNE Studios Leather Ankle Boots
ACNE Studios
Leather Ankle Boots
£470
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Show me an outfit these boots won’t go with. 

9. GREY + GREY

Jumper and Trouser Outfits: @cassdimico

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@cassdimico

Style Notes: I’m seeing more all-grey outfits than ever before right now. The key to keeping it aesthetically interesting is to layer different shades of grey with one another. This look with a light-grey knit and dark-grey trousers perfectly illustrates the concept. 

Shop the Look:
Arket Mohair Blend Jumper
Arket
Mohair Blend Jumper
£89
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This is impossibly soft. 

H&M Oxford Shirt
H&M
Oxford Shirt
£18
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This is currently in my H&M basket. 

The Row Igor High-Rise Wide-Leg Wool Pants
The Row
Igor High-Rise Wide-Leg Wool Pants
£1460
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To dress every day in The Row—wouldn’t that be dreamy? 

Next Up: The Ultimate 2022 Capsule Wardrobe in 9 Simple Buys

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