... and clearly the temptation to say that if you don't like them, then you should probably jog on, is high, but as it's the most woeful joke on the planet, I won't....
For I am about to wax lyrical for the following blog about my love affair with jogging bottoms. But not for the gym, oh no. For out and about, mixing and mingling with the general public. Dear god no, I hear a huge number of you cry (actually you've probably all logged off by now which is fair enough - if you're still here, I promise I'll be back with something less controversial next time.)
It's my inner slob coming to the fore. They are comfortable. They are so so comfortable. And I have to say, teamed with a more fitted top or jacket, so long as the definition at the top of the trousers is seen, I personally really like the silhouette they give. I also think they are the perfect foil for my beloved wedge trainers (and yes, that is still a burgeoning relationship - more of that another day).
Would I wear them on a night out? Well never say never but at the moment, it's not high on my list of things I must wear as a glam outfit. I think it's the cuff. Perhaps one of their sister versions which are less sport luxe and more luxe (ie less elastic...) - them, taking into consideration the fickle nature of my fashion adoration, I may well consider.
For every day, on those occasions when being smart or formal (or tasteful some may add) doesn't come into the equation, I love these as an alternative to jeans.
I have a pair in charcoal from Toast that I bought when harem pants (despite mine not being particularly harem in nature) were the in thing last time round - 4 or 5 years ago? And I will admit I had relegated them to sofa slob wear for an evening aka where once favoured clothes go to die. But happy days, they have been reinstated as fit for public consumption and have seen the light of day a number of times recently.
There a plethora of them around now. I did a post on them last season and they were fewer of them on the ground. Whilst not yet being ten a penny, they are definitely becoming more mainstream.
So starting at the more reasonable end of the market - these ones being in a jersey although there are a couple which are in a silkier fabric. Less controversial/pj stylee for the supermarket perhaps?
Black jersey harem trousers from Next for £18 in Petite, Regular and Tall. I wouldn't personally call them harem - to my mind they have to conjure up images of MC Hammer himself to qualify for the title of harem.
As much as I do love them with my Ash wedges or hi tops, I am liking them with the Gigi inspired sandal (of which it seems there are oodles around again)
Secondly another great version (love the detail on the tie front) in what seems to be a silky jersey fabric (just to confuse matters). Also available in Black online. From DPs this seems to be on the spenney side, so I'm assuming they're a decent quality (that one will come and bit me on the bum, of that I can be sure - will see if I can check them out on Thursday). I also love them in the navy.
Navy Square pocket jogger from Dorothy Perkins for £32
Slightly more utilitarian but these do put me in mind of the more expensive pairs that adorn Net a Porter and Matches websites.
Plain Grey Jersey Jogger for £22 again from Dorothy Perkins
Now these from New Look I have seen in real life and I can confirm that they are a lovely silky fabric - easily as good as the FCUK trousers I got in the sale (which were more expensive even in the sale and were 60% off!)
Olive Green Zip Pocket Joggers from New Look at £16.99
Also in black (which comes in Tall too)
And navy (normal length only)
And stone (again in tall)
Whistles have been a fan of the sports luxe look (try saying that after a drink or ten) for a couple of seasons now and there is no better time to shop with them as there is 25% off with Grazia at the mo.
These again are of a more utilitarian nature - probably my least favourite out of them all - something ever so slightly Umbro about them....
Margot Sporty Joggers from Whistles £75
These however, are the most similar I would say to my Toast ones and would definitely be on my list to buy if I didn't have an identical pair.
Kate Lounge Trouser from Whistles for £65
And in Black albeit a slightly washed out black (which I have to say I quite like). I will admit and say that with a court shoe is probably not the way I shall be going.
Not entirely sure what's happening with the styling at Zara this season. It appears to be eclectic to say the least. But again, I've seen these in the flesh and they're great. I adore the zip detail. Would look fantastic in the summer with Havs or other flat thong style sandals. (ooh or the multi strap wedges I got from Clarks last year. hmmmm)
Remind me actually of the J Brand Earharts from a couple of seasons ago which I couldn't buy as they were less attractive trouser and more pedal pusher on me. But these could be a great substitute. Not, however to match with army style shirt as seen on here. Far too high fashion for my more basic tastes. Available in black as well as light khaki seen here.
Zara's imaginatively titled trousers with elastic hem £29.99
So there we have it. It's hardly something for everyone but it would be such a boring world if we all liked the same thing. Hopefully someone else will join me in my love for these this season. Anyone? Would love to hear how you're styling yours.
Moving onto my outfits for yesterday and today which involve trying to keep warm yesterday and making way for my new scarf today. A change is as good as a rest they say. It's amazing how something as reasonably priced as a Sainsburys scarf can give new life to a set of very old clothes. The Jesire jacket, The Husband bought me from Brown Thomas the Christmas just after our daughter was born and she's 9 in September. I got the jeans from the Earl store at Bicester the same year. The handbag was one I had for my second son's Christening four years ago - in fact it's a replacement as mine was stolen but still - it's originally a good age. All brought back together with a £10 scarf.
Beige long sleeved ribbed tee - River Island
Dark indigo super skinny jeggings - Zara
Oatmeal cable knit oversized jumper dress - Aubin & Wills
Fairisle snood - Aubin & Wills
Charcoal wrist warmers - Toast
Beige and gold pom pom hat - Miss Selfridge
Gold serpent necklace - Stella & Dot
Gold link bracelet - Made from Whistles
Chestnut Lily bag - D&G
Camel Cypress boots - Acne
White longsleeved tee - Topshop
Beige loose knit jumper - H&M
Faded straight leg jeans rolled up - Earl
Tweed jacket edged in leather - Jesire
Missoni style scarf - Sainsburys
Charcoal wrist warmers - Toast
Gold pine cones necklace - NW3 by Hobbs
Fuchsia Roxanne tote - Mulberry
Camel Cypress boots - Acne
I've heard a rumour that warmer climes are on the way - admittedly only a degree or two. Am trying not to get too giddy.