This spring, we’re talking trousers. Kick-flare, wide-leg, chino or Capri, anything goes this season. But with so much choice it can be hard to know how to style each silhouette. So, we’re making sense of every inch of your outfit – from your top to your shoes – breaking down the power pairings that will work best for you in your spring/summer wardrobe.
With wide-leg shapes, you’ll always want to balance out the bottom of your outfit with a slim top. Style yours with a second-skin vest or T-shirt, then go for flat footwear, such as trainers or sandals if you’re tall, or opt for a wedge heel if you’re after a little extra height. You’ll want the hemline to cover your ankle, and just lightly skim the top of whichever shoe you want to wear with them – so consider having them tailored to work with your preference.
This season’s styles have a comfortable mid-rise (thank goodness) and thigh-length leg, which means pretty much anything goes. Our current favourite way to wear is with a diaphanous bohemian blouse, (try half-tucking yours at the front, leaving the back loose), and flat sandals. Or, why not go for a co-ord this season and purchase shorts with a matching blazer – an easy way to do events-dressing
The bootleg is back. But, where vertiginous platform heels were order of the day back in the 70s, this time around, we advise a lower heel for a contemporary take. We love them worn with a mid-heeled mule or a wedge sandal. Try our Bellflower cut for denim. Just add a cami to polish this look off.
One of the trickiest silhouettes to pull off this season, there are three rules to consider with a wide crop.
1: Consider your body shape. If you’re curvier, you may want to look for a pair with a higher rise and style them with a slim top, in order to highlight your slimmest part and ensure there’s balance where the hemline kicks out. If you’re slimmer in the hip, a lower rise can look boyish and cool, paired with a baggier top or knit.
2: Consider your height. If you’re blessed with long limbs, you’ll be fine with both flats and heels. If you’re shorter, you may feel more comfortable in a slight heel. It’s up to you when you look in the mirror!
It’s all about showing some ankle with this Riviera-chic style. The slimmer shape lends these to pairing with a loose shirt, while the ankle-baring length works with all footwear – depending on the occasion. If you have wider hips, look for a pair with no pockets (or front pockets).
A super-versatile option, look for chinos which are made from a mid-weight fabric (think lighter than denim, but heavier than silk) and then roll the hems (if not pre-rolled) to a flattering, above-ankle length. This means you can wear them with flats in the day or heels for work or evening. Because of their slim fit, style them as you would slim-leg denim. It really is a personal preference – go for a slim-fitting top or try a floaty boho style for a holiday feel.