Written by Avalon
Tailored trousers have come a long way from their reputation as the obligatory office wear piece, or dare I say it, their longstanding affinity with schoolwear *shudders*. We’ve all been there, forcibly scouring the high street as pre-teens, for less than inspiring bootcut slacks. Now, however, they’re hailed as a hero piece—a wardrobe essential we’ve welcomed into our adult uniform, with open arms. The circular nature of fashion has resulted in the tailored trouser gaining some traction over the last couple of years.
Donned by the pop culture icons such as Diane Keaton in everything from Annie Hall to Baby Boom, Melanie Griffith in Working Girl and of course Princess Di, circa the 1990s, it’s clear to see the power of a woman in a strong tailored look, through the eyes of fashion history. Let’s not forget the Parisian influence. The French do tailored trousers year-round, paired with a stone trench and ballet pumps, for an understated look.
Form-fitting trousers have swiftly taken the place of jeans as a more interesting, smarter alternative, which makes it hard to look in the direction of rigid denim. With styles by The Frankie Shop, Jacquemus, Jil Sander and of course the renowned The Row’s wide-leg Marian pants doing the rounds, it’s clear to see tailored trousers have fast become a highly coveted piece.
If your budget doesn’t quite stretch to the aforementioned designers, the high street has produced some timeless trousers, with beautiful compositions and fits, to see you through the years. When it comes to picking trousers on the high street, it’s all in the detail. A tapered waist or belt loop offers versatility, as you’re able to pull in the waist and accentuate the length. Also, look for quality tailoring. Pressed creases and darting provide a more pronounced shape, giving styles a high-end look. From sweeping palazzo pants and tapered leg trousers to relaxed wide-leg styles and chinos, there is something to suit all styles.
The styling options are endless. A barely-there open back or boatneck vest is my favourite way of styling them for the evening. Throughout the day I wear mine with a button-down shirt and heeled boots, or trainers, depending on the mood. Day-to-day tailoring is here to stay, and I can’t say I’m complaining. Here are the trousers I love the most.
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The asymmetric exposed underlay exudes class. Keep it simple and pair it with a bodycon vest.
Clean lines make this style timeless. Wear it with an embroidered blouse and you’ll be spring ready.
Swap your joggers for this easy style and you’re good to go.
Made with a high proportion of wool, these trousers will see you through the summer to winter months. An elasticated waistband is always a plus.
Tailored trousers with a kick flare twist, for exaggerated shaping. Balance it out with heels.
Tried and tested, this is our editor Emma Spedding’s pick!
Year after year Arket releases long wearing linen trousers. Wear these with converse and a t-shirt for an off-duty look, or pumps for a night out. Guaranteed, you’ll wear them for years to come.
Super wide-leg pants. I would swap the belt for a black one and wear with a crew neck T-shirt.
Balance out this oversized shape with a slimmer fit top.
This faint pinstripe gives a subtle nod to spring/summer. Pair with a blue linen shirt and a tan belt.
A cinched waist and tapered leg is a recipe for perfect styling. Plus, it has pockets *sounds klaxon*
Everyone needs a pair of khaki trousers. These are ever-so slightly cropped which is perfect for the summer months ahead.
I love this delicious chocolate brown colour.
Reformation does it again with dazzling green pair. Wear with a white top and let the trousers do the talking.
The exaggerated pleats make these look so expensive.
Forget the blazer, these trousers are the main star of the show. Made with 100% wool, this pair will be in your wardrobe for years to come.
Ultra-chic and made from Tencel, a wonderful sustainably sourced and long-lasting fabric.
Prince of Wales check is forever an understated classic.
This muted khaki colour and fit is timeless. Strappy sandals will instantly take them from day to night.
Utilitarian style with exposed pocket stitching is perfect for a pared back twist on tailoring.
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