Cropped, wide cuts, loose silhouettes. This season, trousers steal the limelight. But how do you wear the different shapes? We invited The Telegraph’s Fashion Features Director Kate Finnigan to rifle through our rails and style the key trouser looks for the season. She made it look so easy…
Wide cuts, clean lines, no fuss. Roomy silhouettes, fresh cotton, simple flats. I’m christening this summer The Big Easy. You’ll see the attitude in everything from the new loose dress shapes to simple box-cut shirts and slip-on slides. And you’ll also see it in wide trouser styles, cut above the ankle or pooling on the shoe.
The voluminous style of light-as-air black silk culottes bring to mind that uncomplicated ‘90s look, while white denim nods to nautical chic and begs to be teamed with navy. If you’re not ready to hang quite so loose in your trouser style there are other options. A slouchy chino in a rainbow shade and indigo boyfriend jeans share that same laid-back spirit. Even a cigarette pant can be encouraged to relax in the company of a loose silk cami and a flat shoe. This summer trousers chill out. Follow their lead, take it easy.
The bold silhouette of these extra wide silk trousers requires a ‘90s style no-fuss treatment. Try it with a striking block colour square cut top.
When a big trouser isn’t for you a slim crop is eternally chic. Wear with a tailored jacket, matte silk vest and silver flats for a master class in summer workwear.
The way to wear a pair of cropped wide cut trousers is to mirror the silhouette in your top half. Here, a wide cut linen top with a simple stripe keeps everything in line.
Chinos are back, yellow is now. Team with a knit in the same sunshine shade for a relaxed take on the two-piece and a look that is pleasingly 1987 French exchange trip. J’adore.
Update the classic blazer and jeans look with a lightweight single breasted jacket over a knitted polo shirt and white denim flares. Modern Riviera.
There’s something so elegant about a long summer coat. A linen trench and silk top will make light work of indigo denim on lazy, hazy days.
Words and styling by Kate Finnigan