5 Smart Trouser Styles You Need: Our Illustrated Guide

Find the right pair of trousers to perfectly fit your shape, style and outfitting needs.

From nights out with the girls to important meetings and Sunday brunches, we’ve enlisted the talents of fashion illustrator extraordinaire Alison Hansen to help us show you the key trouser styles for smart dressing.

The Classic

You can’t go wrong with a classic and our timeless fob-trim slim leg trouser is just that. A go-to for savvy 9-5 style, the slender straight cut features a sharp centre press, a flattering high-rise fit and delicate hardware detailing for a guaranteed wardrobe promotion.

 

Fob-trim Slim Leg Trousers, £20

Why we love it…

A contemporary take on quintessential workwear dressing, from effortless Monday mornings to mid-week meetings – these trousers are a fail-safe option that you can wear over and over again.

Wear with…

Your favourite power-dressing stilettos, a structured bag and freshly pressed shirt (kept extra smart and tucked in). We are loving this on-trend baby blue polka-dot button-up, paired with nude courts and a classic black tote.

The Bootcut

Figure-flattering, leg-lengthening (and bottom-lifting) the slim leg bootcut trouser is making a fashion-forward comeback. Semi-high rise in fit, this silhouette balances out proportions and is the perfect trouser to show off your new-season boots.

Black Slim Leg Bootcut Trousers, £16

Why we love it…

With ’70s kick flares all over the catwalk and our favourite celebs, our slim bootcut is an excellent transitional piece for those who want to try out the style without going too OTT.

Wear with…

Pretty prints will make the plain colours pop and, to continue the ’70s vibe, pair with a flute-sleeved knit and a statement boot and matching clutch.

The Skinny

Silhouette-skimming and high-waisted the skinny stretch trouser hugs the body and skims all the right places to give the illusion of longer, leaner legs. It has all the comfort of your favourite leggings with the smartness of your best trousers, creating a more put-together look.

Black Pull On Stretch Skinny Trousers, £20

Why we love it…

These pull-on trousers get the party started by sculpting your figure with high-stretch fabric and streamline your shape with the absence of pockets, making them, all-in-all, the most flattering fit for a night out on the town.

Wear with…

Glittering gold and shimmering sparkles for that wow factor. You still can’t go wrong with a Bardot and we love this plissé pleated top with flute sleeves. Don’t forget to grab a clutch and some glossy rose-gold heels for the finishing touch.

 The Ankle Grazer

Smart enough for the boardroom, stylish enough for the weekend, our slim tailored ankle grazer will be the hardest working trouser in your wardrobe. They come in a kaleidoscope of colours and most importantly are a great trouser to show off your most stylish shoes.

Double Loop Ankle Grazer Trousers, £20 

Why we love it…

The ideal office to after-hours trouser, whether you’re sitting behind a computer or sipping a cocktail, these promise to keep you looking chic and sleek. For an AW17 update make sure to pair with an ankle boot.

Wear with…

Red, pink and berry hues. For a fresh look to take you into autumn choose a stylish sock boot with an all-important kitten heel, worn with a crisp white statement sleeve shirt.

The Tapered Trouser

Your new fashion fix for weekends, the slim tapered trouser is pleated at the front for a relaxed fit, with a high-rise paper-bag waist. This trouser shows off your waistline without compromising on comfort.

Check Belted Tapered Trousers, £25

Why we love it…

For an off-duty look, tapered trousers are not only a comfier option but also give any look an edge. The slim cut also keeps them feminine, meaning even with a slightly roomier fit, the trouser is still super shapely and flattering for a girl with or without curves.

Wear with…

A slogan tee tucked in, your favourite flats and bag (we love these velvet pumps) and, for extra style points, try the trousers in a an on-trend Prince of Wales check.

To see more of Alison’s lovely illustration’s check out her website alihansenillustration.com and don’t forget to share your favourite style of trousers with us by leaving a comment below!

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