This week, we’re focusing on the ever-popular (but hard to come across) tapered trousers. Also known as peg leg trousers, tailored harem pants or even a variation of the chino, Abby sent in a request for this last week and I willingly obliged. An incredibly popular silhouette, the main gripe readers seem to have with tapered trousers is which shoes to pair with the tapered leg trouser.
The pair I’ve featured in this week’s Ways to Wear are these Miss Selfridge chinos, but as always there are SO many pairs available on the high street right now. I spied some for just £12 in Primark at the weekend! To keep it relaxed and feeling off-duty, try a pair of tailored harem pants instead.
I am besotted with the floral print shirt that I’ve used in this Look. Ever since shirts took over Topshop’s New In section from December onwards, I’ve been tempted to add a button-through top or two to my wardrobe but I’m so glad I resisted – this one will be so much more worth it! The contrast buttons and adorable collar keep it sleek, but the girly print dresses it down. To continue the vintage feel, I’ve added in a pair of rose stud earrings by Dolly Bow Bow and a digital display gold Casio watch. For footwear, these plaited sandals from New Look are a simple classic that I’m sure you already own. Then, add this beautiful red satchel to keep it summery and really make the outfit pop.
Look Two is my attempt to bring an edge to a girly look. Bralets are one of my key style obsessions at the moment, but I appreciate that they can be tough to get right and feel truly comfortable in. So, I’ve added this batwing sleeve blouse to the mix! The diamond print matches perfectly with the trousers and keeps the Look prim: wear it unbuttoned to reveal the daring bralet design. Next, a wedge boot will elongate the legs – turn up the cuff of your trousers for a more flattering cut. And then finish off with this sweet Dollshouse necklace from Accessorize.
Lastly, Look Three introduces a touch of the Far East to your wardrobe. It’s totally the way I’d wear the tapered trouser trend. A scalloped edge vest is a great way to add a point of difference to a wardrobe staple: tuck it in to the trousers and then wear a sheer printed blouse on top, before cinching it all with a belt. I’ve never seen anything quite as cute as this Scotty Dog clasp belt from Topshop to add some quirkiness to the outfit, and as this look was requested by Abby, I couldn’t not include a giraffe piece somewhere!
I’m really enjoying seeing all of the feedback from this feature; hopefully it’s inspiring you to eke a few more wears out of the pieces currently in your wardrobe. You can also read last week’s edition to learn how to style a slouchy jumper. Next week, I’ll be tackling Bee’s request as she packs for her upcoming holiday to Corfu.