... I am breaking every shopping rule I ever set.
Well, that's not entirely true. But I'm certainly not going to be polishing my Saint of Shopping halo (although I have returned I think pretty much everything I have bought in the past month bar my two complete bargain trousers from the River Island sale).
And in fact, it was whilst I was returning things today that I fell upon a pair of trousers that made me think - yes yes yes yes yes. THAT'S what I need. To go with my new shoes. (my Nike Air Force Ones which I bought in Dec so therefore not this month...) And my new hush biker jacket (which I haven't actually got yet...). And there in lies the issue. One of my main rules is, you should only buy something if you can think of at least three things that you own that can go with them. Which doesn't involve buying things to go with things you haven't bought yet...
But sod it. I love these trousers and have done for years. I have relegated many of my older ones though to loungewear (that is the posh term for it - the accurate term would be slobbing on the sofa wear or taking the dog for a walk when I can't really be bothered to get dressed wear. Funnily enough, these are not marketing terms that any retailer has coined).
So I need new ones. And I want grey ones. I also would like some more khaki ones that my friend and I saw earlier today and both said OOOOH we love those (whilst both being convinced we did in fact already have some in our wardrobe that were remarkably similar. In fact, I've just remembered where mine are from and I may already be ahead of the game on the khaki front. Mine are a khaki linen pair that were from the Topshop sale three years ago and are possibly one of the more worn pair of trousers that I've got).
So which were the ones that we saw?
These from Anthropologie. And they look much much better in the flesh than they do in the online pics. They are the most amazing soft fabric but still have a structure to them, as opposed to being like jamas (that jama trend thing.. I'll be coming back to that shortly, but frankly ..jog..on...)
Now I love Anthropologie but I have to say, their styling of these wouldn't be my first choice. (or my second, or my third.. or even my fourth. Continue ad infinitum).
Fairbank Joggers £88
And in the grey
So in my head, I know how I think they'll work but as none of you are psychic, a quick spin on Pinterest has given us plenty of food for thought. Personally I'm not going to be going with the super heel as I am getting old and my knees are getting knackered. Although maybe for a night out..
I dream of having feet as brown as this. It's not often that you see a pic and the first thing that springs to mind is "feet goals".
Now with boots... This is very wearable.
But... call off the dogs. I have come home to roost. This outfit is simply perfection on every level.
Along with this one.
And the above is even a pic from Topshop which would therefore be an obvious place to start.
These trousers are so versatile. Oh, I can't be doing with skirts at the moment. It's too much like hard work. I don't wear them, I have hardly any tops that work with them and my legs would give the Gruffalo a run for his money at the moment so bare legs are simply NOT an option. A wardrobe of wearable trousers is the solution.
And starting with these gems. They work with heels, they work with flats, with trainers and with boots. You can dress them up or dress them down.
They also look simply marvellous with a biker jacket (SCORE).
So firstly, I'm after a grey pair. As you can see from my outfit today I can't get enough grey. It goes with everything and everything goes with it.
Mensy Tonic Trousers from Topshop (I may have to buy them on the name alone...) £40
Mensy Peg Trousers from Topshop £40 A slightly different texture and weave. For me, the above ones win.
Notch Back Tapered Trousers in a stone/beige/tobacco colour £22 from Topshop
Some other options in alternative colours that are a combo between a peg leg and a jogger. For me - either is actually as wearable. I think a lot is to do with both the fabric and the waistband but both serve a similar purpose and are as versatile (admittedly your jogger does ultimately make a better slob pant - I can tell you from experience).
Michael Michael Kors Zipped Stretch Jersey pants in navy were £125 now £55
And the same in black £55
Black Twill Tie Waist Joggers from Dorothy Perkins £20
Relaxed Crepe Trousers from Jigsaw £120 (roll up for a more casual look).
And in khaki:-
ASOS Woven Peg Trousers with OBI Tie
More khaki heaven at JCrew for a great price at The Outnet.
Calvary Coated cotton twill tapered pants were £130 now £65
So tapered trousers - fan, newbie or just a WTAF? I would say they are definitely definitely worth a try... go on... you know you want to...
Whilst we're talking of trying things, I've got a very old purchase that I don't wear often but I really should. Something new - wide leg trousers. Can only be worn on a day where there is definitely no rain. Soggy hems are simply grim. As I said earlier, all the grey with a hint of camel. I just can't get enough of these shades at the moment. (and the coat was also bought in December... )