In my determination to find a new style of trousers, I had a good stab last week at finding something that worked for my lifestyle. Yes, in an another world I would swan around in floaty silk palazzo pants and sky scraping heels. Unfortunately my children would probably stop speaking to me by day two (actually who am I kidding. RR1 at age 8 and a devotee of all things Disney Channel, would have witheringly asked what on earth I had on and could I please not get out of the car. Thank you I Carly) Silk pyjama pants with stilettos would get a similar reaction on the school run.
The dilemma rumbled on. And finally in Whistles last week, I fell upon a pair of somethings that I thought could work. Handily I had on my Ash Madonna stud wedges and I thought - for a day to day relaxed look that would tie in easily with so much else that I have in my wardrobe, jacket and top wise. Yes these could definitely work. The Carly Cashmere Track Pant.
Can I please point out at this juncture that I don't plan on a) pairing them with a matching hoodie or b) wearing them with shoes as above on the school run. But in a different guise (which was confirmed on lots of research later - NAP I love you) I thought they may be a winner. Unfortunately the fact they were £195 (cashmere) was a slight spanner in the works. For a start, spending ban said no. And even if I wasn't on a spending ban, it's a lot of money to spend on what was a bit of a winger with regards to working. A v expensive experiment.
Another option would have been the Betty Seam Detail Jogger also from Whistles.
And it was then I got a brainwave. It doesn't happen very often but clearly the inspiration of plumbing the depths of my wardrobe (ok the dumped in the attic bags) for my leather trench the other day, was fresh in my mind. I already owned a pair of trews very similar to these. Which I now wear as slobbo wear. (other people I believe term this loungewear. If I were to own beautiful cashmere ensembles I would credit them with the label loungewear. However mine are a combo of old Jack Wills trackies and other various jersey numbers that have been relegated from day wear) And the Toast trousers I had in mind have fallen into this category.
But arise from the bowels of my wardrobe, oh Toast trousers. You shall see the light of day (as in proper daylight) again.
They don't sell the same ones I have anymore (mine are 4 years old) - but they do do a version of them every year. I find Toast excellent quality - not cheap but definitely worth keeping an eye out for in the sale.
Loopback Jersey trousers
On further exploration, of course Topshop didn't fail to come up trumps.
I love the look of these Wool Jogger by Boutique in navy
Or the Premium Tailored joggers
Now there aren't a lot of these on the high street (unless we include JD Sports & Sports Direct - The Husband came up with this. He thinks he's hilarious. Let's say he's not a fan.) There are a number of similar ones in Zara - some with more of a harem feel to them. I should probably at this point say that I was a huge fan of harem pants. Despite The Husband chuntering "You can't touch this" and sniggering at every opportune moment, I persisted and kept on wearing them. The Toast trousers were in fact bought at the very advent of the (shortlived, I appreciate) harem phase. They are a nod to harem but I still wore them (and got some other jersey ones, sensibly, from Primark, which now function well as yoga pants) and loved them. Looking at Zara current stock, it would seem that perhaps harems are on their way back. I am going to assume that most people loathe them??!! (please share on comments!)
But I digress. Back to the jersey drawstring trews. Whilst the high street doesn't seem to be a big fan, Net-a-Porter has shedloads of them.
Helmut Lang Slouchy Jersey pants
Stella McCartney Wool and cashmere blend tapered pants
Michael Michael Kors Tapered jersey pants
And so here's my Sunday version. If nothing else, I was supremely comfy. Even though my 6 year old did ask me why I was going out with my pyjamas on. Out of the mouth of babes........
White longsleeved jersey top - Baukjen
Oatmeal knit top - H&M
Charcoal Toast drawstring jersey pants - Toast
Chocolate leather biker jacket - All Saints
Mustard & fuchsia stag scarf - M&S
Chestnut cross body bag - Campomaggy from Plumo
Bea suede wedge trainers - Ash
Charcoal arm warmers - Toast
Sunglasses - Tom Ford
So have I managed to persuade anyone to try a day without the skinnies?!