I am massively into these Danish architect kind of mannish slacks from Masscob via hidden treasure KJs Laundry – I got the last size 38 in the store but if you want them, (and I strongly recommend giving them a whirl), there are more sizes here.
If you’re doing a slight sick at how much they cost, I have rounded up a few that are less frightening.
Just be a tiny bit aware that these trousers are often styled like utter shite and they may very well look far better on you than on the model, so don’t write them off just because you don’t like the pic.
From Toast via JLP:
These from Cos:
Some from Monki (yeah I know sorry) – but only £25!:
Very smart ones from Gerard Darel via JLP:
These from Jigsaw via JLP AGAIN (but you can just shove them all in your basket and try them on at home) – I’m worried that these might be a little tight at the waist but can’t tell until they’ve been tried on
Wear any of these with a lovely navy or grey crew neck sweater, some white trainers and a discreet box bag. Tra la la!
Next have some great wide leg flannel trousers, too – lovely and slouchy
Love all of these but what’s JLP? Sorry if I’m being hideously dim
John Lewis (Partnership)!
I wondered if it was John Lewis but discounted the possibility as not trendy enough!
Not hideously dim! John Lewis Partnership. I only clocked when I clicked through link. I had total mouth watering have to have response to those masscob trousers – I struggle to find trousers that look good and this exact style is right for me. I wore my last pair (from whistles) for 8 years until the fabric literally wore out. So I figure price per wear will be very good value. At least that’s what am telling myself. If anyone does need a size 10 I found at Sue Perkins. And also accidentally bought some earrings and a kimono. ‘Tis the season for self-gifting.
All gorgeous, but my problem with this style of trousers is that they tend to be dry-clean only. I realise this is because of their high wool content, but it’s just not practical for me.
I saw a young girl wearing a pair of pinstriped trousers like this yesterday with brogues, and thought she looked so cool. (Though compared to a teenager there is the distinct possibility I could look more Albert Hall than Annie Hall.) Does it get tiring always having your finger on the pulse, Esther?
How do you deal with the cold ankles though? Or are you just meant to suck it up?
I think that with manish trousers socks are completely fine. And they are not too cropped anway?
there is actually very little ankle gap. though these are not for standing round in the playground in
And it is a scientific FACT that standing in a playground watching your child run around is the coldest activity known to man.
colder than taking the huskies for a walk in iceland in january
Is Monki bad??
no it isn’t bad but it’s broadly for teenagers
Nice look but not something I could pull off as a plumpish apple. Hope your day’s been ok x
Have you thought of doing talks? A non-mental fashion talk?
I ramble really badly. And WHO would come to listen to me talk about fashion???
Quite a lot of people read your blog about it. Just saying…
Yeah but reading a blog is easy – no-one wants to put their coat on and sit in a hall and listen to me talk about it. But thank you, I do appreciate very much your enthusiasm x
These trousers would give me the most massive arse but I appreciate the Katherine Hepburn vibe and the fact that they cock a snoop at the whole skinny-jean-Ash-boots-cashmere-blah-blah uniform that we all wear because it gives us a good bum.
I should branch out a bit as I don’t want to be 96 and on my deathbed wishing I’d been a bit more experimental with clothes in my youth. Not in a ‘wear a rubber dress’ way (because that would have meant fighting off pervs in lifts the whole time, and it was bad enough having to wear a dress and heels to work – running the gauntlet, I tell ya!) but more a pair of mannish Oxford bags, or brogues or an outlandish pair of boots that I held back on sometimes. I admire people who wear what the fuck they want because I busy myself buying M&S Heatgen thermal tops (excellent for wearing under jumpers) and Frame Jeanne skinnies and have been somewhat timorous in my fashion choices over the years.
As an example of my fashion dullness, I need help with a wardrobe basic: Does anyone know where the hell one can buy shelf vest tops? Basically a strappy vest with a ‘shelf support’ inbuilt crop top so you could wear it without a bra. Gap used to do them yonks ago, before they lost the plot.
M&S do them I think. Have a look in the underwear / nightwear section as well as the daywear bit.
How did I miss this?! I’ve just bought four online so you are the saviour of my slouchy evenings.