Once upon a time I would never have worn a skirt. When it came to going out in the evenings (and yes, I am still on the quest for the perfect party outfit) my legs were forever clad in trousers. If I'm completely honest, they were jeans. Jeans and a top (heels were obligatory) were my going out drug of choice. I was addicted to them for sure - plus a little jacket.
Oh how I loved a little jacket. I'd even go for a little bit of embellishment. I'd go for a lot of embellishment actually *eyes up full on sequin Jaeger jacket that's hanging in the wardrobe*.
But for the last couple of years I have broken free of my comfort zone and branched out into the heady world of dresses. Last year I even managed to conquer my fear of skirts (I'm not going to lie - they do still scare me occasionally, more so what to put on top).
However, I'm back to feeling the trouser love. Disco pants are the way forward. Reinventing the party outfit with trousers. That can also be worn during the day and I certainly find them easier to wear with flats than a skirt or a dress. Back in my comfort zone which I know lots of you are also hankering to hang out in. I've had so many requests for party outfits that aren't dresses so hopefully there's something that works for you.
Last year, I was so so tempted to buy sequin trousers. Here are a couple of reasons why I think they work so well.
Black blazer, grey tee, black stilettos. Perfection that I would never have thought could work together (yes I've added the black blazer - your eyes are not deceiving you. Oh ditto the shoes).
This is too sublime. I now need a grey blazer. I really need a grey blazer.
Back to classic black.
Just add a plain tee and plain black blazer....
And to prove they're not just for night time...
Speaking of last year, the ones that I totally coveted were the green Sirius ones from French Connection. Sadly they are no more and they don't even have them in another colour way this year - or anything remotely similar. Green sequin trousers - who'd have thunk they could ever be so awesome.
But FEAR NOT. I have found them in stock.
French Connection Sirius Sequin Trousers were £140 now £95 Thank you to the lovely ASOS for still having these and in the sale as well.
Others I've found in black at a fraction of the cost - which to be honest, are ideal if you are only planning on wearing them a couple of times. Personally I am tempted to be surgically attached to these till the end of January (which may or may not be my birthday)
Odi Et Amo Casual Trouser were £31 now £25 from Yoox
And these look like they're slightly smarter... possibly a better fit than an elasticated waist?
Odi Et Amo Casual Trouser £59
AX Paris Sequin Trousers were £45 now £28 For this price - surely it would be rude not to try them?
Another sneaky option (which personally I haven't mastered but God loves a trier) - sequin culottes. Not words you often see teamed together which is perhaps why Banana Republic have called them Gaucho Pants.
And 20% off with the code BRLIVE.
BR Monogram Sequin Gaucho Pants £69.50
Now my second top option for nights out are the leather peg pants. Not skinny now - these need to be slightly looser so you can wear something tucked in and not look like Olivia Newton John at the end of Grease (or god forbid, the middle aged spreading version of her...)
Cigarette Leather Trousers from Topshop £165 These are too amazing and I need immediately.
Howe perfect is this outfit?
I've also found a pleather pair, again at Yoox.
Odi Et Amo Causal Trouser were £71 now £35
But top of the crops for me would be these from Banana Republic (not forgetting the 20% off code above..) I can personally vouch for their pleather as I bought the pleated midi skirt from there and it really is rather fabulous.
Pleated Faux-leather ankle pant £69.50
Other options that are perhaps more wearable on a daily basis (although for me, I would happily wear leather and pleather every day!) are these Tuxedo style from Gap. And there are so many offers on at Gap right now, I don't know where to start.
30% off with Grazia (code cunningly "GRAZIA") and there seems to be others offers online on the homepage depending on how much you spend, but it can be as much as 35% off if you spend £100)
Slim cropped tuxedo pants £34.95 - also in petite and tall online
Or another evening option which would be just as fabulous, dressed down with a chunky knit... Or for a more dress down lunch with a crisp white shirt and blazer.
Velvet Side zip pull on leggings £39.95 from Gap in soft black again in petite and tall options.
Love the Cambridge Green Personally I wouldn't wear anything tucked in with these as they are rather on the skinny side and I feel something which covers the waistband would, for me, make a more flattering silhouette.
Or the Burgundy
Or how about simply full on metallic. These are perhaps my favourite (bar the leather - I can't get past how much I love the leather/pleather ones) as I think they are (randomly) so versatile. I would so so wear these for lunch with a white shirt, black blazer and ballet flats. How about Christmas Day (or Boxing Day.. New Year's Eve?) with a black fitted polo neck (or a slouchier one... any sort of black knit actually) and again, ballet flats... Or stilettos if you're feeling slightly dressier. Black slouchy silk blouse and heels - the perfect go to Christmas Part outfit sorted, right there. Think all the sequin outfits above but these are perhaps slightly more wearable for mere mortals (and not a 25 yr old model. Dang it).
Banana Republic Gold Boy Crop £69.50
Or the gunmetal...ooh decisions decisions. Which one would you go for?
So trousers or a skirt... what would be your choice? And if it's trousers - sequins, leather or metallic? Jury still out here.
Finishing with outfit from yesterday.
Grey Essential Roll Neck Jumper - Cocoa Cashmere
Black Thea girlfriend jeans - ASOS
Grey sleeveless knit - Primark
Grey wristwarmers - Black
White Stan Smiths - adidas
Black Mario fringe bag - Jerome Dreyfuss
So tomorrow I am on a quest for... got to be sparkly tops. A bit of Christmas bling coming up. Meeting up with a very dear friend who I absolutely adore and can't wait to catch up with - small child with a horrific cough permitting...