One of the biggest trends for A/W ’10 is also one of the simplest – trousers. This may come as a surprise to many- after all, what is ‘new’ or ‘directional’ about trousers? Since being introduced the 30s and going mainstream in the 70s, they have been a staple part of women’s wardrobes for decades.
However, as I explained to fellow Liverpool Street Style advisor Nick when he expressed surprise about the trend, the 00s really were a decade dominated by skirts and dresses. After the widespread popularity of trousers (especially trouser suits) in the 1990s, skirts and dresses started encroaching their territory in ladies wardrobes in around 2003. By the end of the decade, dresses dominated (recall the ‘Galaxy’ dress and it’s many knock-offs) and trousers, relegated to the back of the closet, have mainly appear in challenging (read -crazy) cuts – peg legs and hareems among them.
Don’t believe me? Have a look through your wardrobe. Mine contains 5 pairs of trousers (2 jeans, 2 work, 1 linen), but 7 skirts and at least 14 dresses. And I’m not a super-girly type of woman – you wouldn’t find me wearing anything floral or ruffled.
However, trousers stalked the A/W runways with a vengeance – Chloe, the ever-desirable Balmain, Yves Saint Laurent, Marc Jacobs and Salvatore Farragamo all included a strong showing of trousers in their collections, not to mention the many others that trotted out a few trouser-based looks. Luckily, A/Ws most cutting edge style is also much more flattering and easy to wear that last season’s thigh-bloating peg legs and hareems For their bring-back of trousers, most designers have (quite appropriately) taken their influence from the decade when trousers really went mainstream – the 1970s.
Today’s interpretation is wide-legged and high waisted, sometimes cinched at the top with a skinny leather belt to highlight the narrowness of the waist. They are cut slim on the thigh but descend into a slightly wider knee and a gentle flair – a style that is flattering on the majority of figures. Many have vertical pockets and all are very long – wear them down to the tops of your pointed, heeled pumps. The resulting silhouette transforms even vertically-challenged ladies (such as yours truly) into leggy goddesses – add a tucked-in tonal silk blouse to add even more height. What’s not to love?
So, who can wear these new high-waisted, kick-flared cuts? The good new that far most of us can carry off this new style. Trousers are always a great choice for the vertically-challenge, and this seasons leg-lengthening offerings are an absolute must for petite women. The trend also looks perfect on those with slim or boyish figures who don’t feel they can carry off the ‘all woman’ hourglass silhouette Marc Jacobs presented for Louis Vuttion (which is the other big trend for A/W10). Finally, if you don’t have the slender ankles required for this season mid-hem skirts, then sharp trousers are the perfect alternative.
The only potential stumbling block with this new trouser style is the fit. For obvious reasons, it’s harder to find well-fitting high rise trousers compare to low rise – high rise means that there are more areas of the body to fit! The simple solution is to get a bespoke pair tailor-made precisely to your unique measurements – and where better to go that A Suit That Fits? We’ve already sold a couple of pairs to our more forward thinking female clients at Sun Street – click here to book your appointment to get fitted for my version of the style.