The Wide Jean
Jeans are a year-round staple that can be relied upon to take you from smart to off-duty. With a retro mood permeating the season, now’s the time to search out your high-waist, wide-leg pair. I like to give mine a polished look with elevating separates, which this autumn means a Victoriana-style blouse and checked tailored jacket in substantial wool – perfect for cooler weather.
The Paper-Bag Waist
I love the warm terracotta hue of these Ulla Johnson trousers, which come with a flattering paper-bag waist and will pair stylishly with all manner of autumnal shades, from classic cream and grey to bold pops of red and pink. The versatile tapered leg means you can wear them with myriad flat-shoe styles, from sleek trainers to ankle and riding boots. The addition of a cute sweater and layered necklaces makes them everyday-appropriate.
The Leather Jumpsuit
OK, so, strictly speaking, this might not be trousers, but the jumpsuit’s one-step-dressing practicality-factor wins it a place on this list. As well as being one of this season’s key looks, leather is a perennially stylish choice, making for a smart investment. I fell in love with Nanushka’s faux iteration, which is so soft, you wouldn’t believe it’s not the real thing. Layer up with a polo neck underneath.
The Drawstring Trouser
The drawstring trouser is essentially an elevated pair of tracksuit bottoms, so delivers on all-day comfort while being perfect for office-to-evening wear. I’m impressed with these, from Arket, which are made from lightweight wool and have a flattering, gently tailored cut. The leg length is just right for wearing with flats, be they leather loafers or trainers.
The Corduroy Trouser
Corduroy never fails to feel on-point for autumn, however it can look bulky. Eschew chubby cords and choose a fine needlecord instead, which will give a much more flattering fit. I love the rich chestnut shade of this pair, which nod to this season’s 1970s spirit and will effortlessly complement an autumnal colour palette. I’ve teamed them with a cropped jumper, which sits well with the high waistband.
The Cargo Pant
The cargo pant is an essential in my wardrobe and always feels like a stylish, relevant way to do low-key dressing. I’d love to wear mine with heels, but the reality is, I live in flats these days. So instead, I’ll be teaming them with leather stomping boots, which work perfectly with the elasticated trouser cuff. The addition of classic stripes and a trench adds polish.
Traditionally a spring/summer trouser silhouette, the culotte, when rendered in heavyweight fabric and an autumn-ready shade, makes for a smart transeasonal choice. Proportion is key: look for a high waist and ankle-grazing hem, which will prove flattering. I love these, from Loewe, which have deep, practical pockets and fit just right. Team with smart flats and a crisp shirt for the 9-5, switching to trainers for off-duty wear.
Though they might not be as fun to buy as a new dress, during the cooler months, trousers offer a level of practicality that win them a starring role in the autumn wardrobe.
Pairing perfectly with all manner of flat shoes, from boots to trainers, they offer a versatile day-to-day outfit option and never fail to keep you warm. The chances are, you already have a pair of beloved trousers in your collection, so now’s the time to rediscover them and fall in love. To help you do just that, Laura takes a stroll in Notting Hill and showcases seven different ways to give classic shapes a new lease of life. Consider this your ultimate autumn trouser guide.
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