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11.03.2012- The spring/summer trouser trend

When checking off your spring/summer must-haves, don’t forget to add statement trousers to the list this season, writes guest blogger Jo-ann Fortune.   

The introduction of jumpsuits and wide-leg palazzo pants to high street fashion collections over the past few years has opened up a new trend-led clothing channel for those who don’t want to spend all spring/summer in dresses and skirts. And this season the trouser trend is set to step up a gear, with prints adorning tailored styles and slinky pyjama pants being given a day-time makeover. Stylist Grace Woodward, Nicola Roberts, blogger Bip Ling and Olivia Palermo were among the recognisable faces who championed the new trouser trend at London Fashion Week, and dozens of fashionistas were snapped stepping out in the statement style by street photographers at fashion weeks on both sides of the pond.  

So, what should we be looking for in our new wardrobe staple? Animal prints, checks and bold botanicals are some of the most popular styles filtering down to the high street. Available from brands such as Mango and Whistles, these are best worn with a crisp, neutral top such as a plain white tee or Peter Pan collar shirt, or, if you’re feeling brave, clashing or even matching print. It seems that more is more when it comes to pattern this season! Personally, I’m going for the ‘toe in the water’ approach, having so far braved leopard print pants with a long-sleeved black tee and boots – I’m working up the courage to pair them with colour and print when the weather hots up.  

In other trouser news, while harem trousers are no longer front-page fashion – they are, after all, a bit of a tricky one to pull off – the loose fit continues to enjoy renewed popularity. The styles of the 20s and 30s, as portrayed in screen hits Boardwalk Empire, The Great Gatsby and W.E., and the upcoming Olympic Games have fed design inspiration into current collections, resulting in silky pyjama and jersey-jogging styles on the Stella McCartney, JW Anderson, PPJ, Paul Smith and Thakoon runways. Wear tailored pants with heels for a clean line, and looser fits with strappy sandals or luxe smoking slippers, depending on how ‘high-fashion’ you’re feeling. 

If the idea of patterns on your pants is one you’re never going to buy into, there is another trouser trend that you can’t miss this season – the ubiquitous coloured denim. From pretty pastel shades to bold brights, you’ll be hard-pressed to find a brand that doesn’t stock its own range of colourful jeans. Ted Baker, Oasis and White Stuff all stock summery shades in a wide range of sizes, so may be a good place to start your search.

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What trouser trends will you be investing in this season?

*This post has been sponsored by John Lewis. 

(Image credit: Catwalk and street style images courtesy of, Bip Ling - John Phillips, UK Press, Press Association Images and Nicola Roberts - Lewis Whyld, PA Wire, Press Association Images.)


  1. I love printed trousers! I saw some gorgeous ones in Marks and Spencer's look book but now can't find them anywhere! :( Really need to try them on because I'm just not sure I can pull them off.

    Laura x

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  3. Such a strong look - I adore how prints update even the humble trouser!


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