Best work trousers - what's current style

(123 Posts)
sincitylover Sat 12-Jan-13 11:43:04

I am in desperate need of smart work trousers - last ones I bought were per una stretch boot flare but they're too big and I'm out of touch.

In casual I wear skinny and I wore skinny black trousers with a smart jacket but it didn't feel right

donteatthefiggypudding Sat 12-Jan-13 11:45:56

don't know Sin, but I also need new work trousers. HATE anything but jeans, so am wondering if anyone can sugggest anything!

Charliefox Sat 12-Jan-13 12:01:05

Stretch flare <shudder!> You need something more tailored, as wide leg makes almost everyone look like a wide load and dated as well, IMHO. I love a cigarette trouser for work like these All you need is a tanned ankle and foot, then you can wear flats or heels.

Charliefox Sat 12-Jan-13 12:12:06
sincitylover Sat 12-Jan-13 18:34:19

Thanks yes I agree that bootleg work trousers now hideous! Think I might go for cigarette style - cant wear flats I'm too short so maybe with ankle boots? (Chelsea boots with highish heel? )

Charliefox Sat 12-Jan-13 18:58:36

Boots fine, as longer as there's no gap and a flash of ankle!

discorabbit Sat 12-Jan-13 18:59:35

gap usually have a good selection

snowmummy Sat 12-Jan-13 19:02:51
Jemster Sat 12-Jan-13 21:21:26

I'm back to work soon and need new trousers.
Would this cigarette style suit me as only 5'3? Could I wear flats with them or would it look odd?

Charliefox Sat 12-Jan-13 22:28:56

I think flats work great with them. I think any style shoe really. I like a not-too-clumpy block heel or a subtle wedge as well, like these:

Jemster Sat 12-Jan-13 22:41:01

Charliefox yes I like those shoes. I like a bit of a heel as I'm short but it can't be too high as I have bad ankles. The new look style ones would be perfect, thanks.

Crikeyblimey Sat 12-Jan-13 22:51:01

OK - thread hijack - sorry.

These cigarette style trousers that show some ankle / all of shoe (look possibly too short). Are they OK for the slightly "older" woman? Just turned 47 and suddenly think I might be less lamb and more mutton. I'm 5ft 6 and size 12. Ta.

MooMinCow Sun 13-Jan-13 07:27:44

I was thinking of getting these Gap True Straight ones. Would like a pair I could wear out too?

ChablisLover Sun 13-Jan-13 07:45:54

I always find gap excellent for work trousers.

The true straight ones are fab.

Plus search for discount codes

Think I got 30% off my last purchase

Finding good work trousers is like a needle in a haystack or good jeans! The hassle of it all.

Hence I found gap and stuck with it.

galletti Sun 13-Jan-13 07:51:59

Crikeyblimey - you may not want my opinion as I am older than you - the big 50 this year!

But, I wouldn't hesitate to wear the cigarette style - in fact am just about to order some!

I don't think we would be mutton at all in these!

BranchingOut Sun 13-Jan-13 07:55:25

I think that the cigarette trousers might be equally dated in a couple of years time, so don't spend too much!

Also, don't they, er, emphasise your bum?

The best work trouser to my mind is a medium to high waisted straight cut style which is wide enough on the thighs not to cling - totally appropriate for even the most formal work place, won't date too much, will last through various rotations of fashion and will be comfortable for most of the year.

MooMinCow Sun 13-Jan-13 08:06:38

Chablis - I'm waiting for a 30% code so I can order a pair soon! Bound to be one soon (hopeful). What's the sizing like?

OneHandFlapping Sun 13-Jan-13 08:18:12

Who wants the wind whistling round their ankles in the winter? And surely if you wear those 7/8 trousers with boots, you're going to look like an escapee from the Star Ship Enterprise?

MaureenShit Sun 13-Jan-13 08:35:41

The prob with skinny work trousers is your feet and heels.

I love banana republic wool Logan fit. Got some in black in sake baize down. They say dry clean but aren't

MaureenShit Sun 13-Jan-13 08:38:03

I've had gap true straight. Are ok, a bit poly Wish they did them in wool. I get bloody cold at work

MaureenShit Sun 13-Jan-13 08:38:27

Previous post should say size down. Not baize

MaureenShit Sun 13-Jan-13 08:39:54

Agree. Cigarette only good Easter to September. Then wtf on your feet. Ankle boots look shit; ive tried.
Mango cigarettes nice plus gap do one with loads of stretch every year.

Can you tell work trousers is an issue?!

41notTrendy Sun 13-Jan-13 08:44:51

I just don't think I could get away with those cigarette trousers. I'm 5'4" and very hourglass.
I'd like to try and will. However, I'm a big fan of wide leg trousers. I have a pair of tailored ones in grey and a pair from m&s in black which swish beautifully.
Have often wondered about Gap trousers, thanks for the thread, has inspired me to try other stuff smile

RikersBeard Sun 13-Jan-13 08:45:34

Yes it's the shoe issue that stumps me! I have a 10min walk from my car, and work isn't the warmest. I refuse to go out without some sort of sick or I will get frostbite. But fashionable trousers do not work with warm footwear.

Why do all the pictures show models wearing summer/sockless shoes with the a/w collections?

RikersBeard Sun 13-Jan-13 08:46:09

Sock not sick!

MooMinCow Sun 13-Jan-13 08:53:43

Maureen those Gap straight ones are cotton/Lycra mix. Are they very 'shiny polyester' looking then? wink

MaureenShit Sun 13-Jan-13 09:50:55

oh are they - i must have got confused. ill look again standby!

MaureenShit Sun 13-Jan-13 09:53:04

Yup i had.

Ihad those once too blush but the leg length was just a smidge out, saying that each pair in gap seems to vary and sometimes if you size DOWN the leg gets longer


Mine arent on BR atm - they were fine wool. I am not sure the crop on the GAP website are mine they need LOADS of elastane to keep the shape IME

CharlotteBronteSaurus Sun 13-Jan-13 09:56:01

i tried on some skinny/cigarette one the other day and felt too much like I was going down the pub
i think i need straight/slim rather than proper cigarette pants though - but where from??

i have been wearing pencil skirts pretty much continuously since October, but can only manage this in winter as my cankles need the camouflage of long boots.

MaureenShit Sun 13-Jan-13 09:58:55

yay - gap delivery is super fast - lets see what they are like.

I love slim trousers as have slim legs BUT the issue is getting pencil skirts to fit - Boden for eg are like wearing a bloody lampshade.

I got these pour le soir really in the sale and are a close fit 12 ( whereas I am a gap 10 you see) but are loverly.

MaureenShit Sun 13-Jan-13 10:00:52

lol at the horror that is this

CharlotteBronteSaurus Sun 13-Jan-13 10:01:58

my work skirts are M&S - very good tapered fit if you've got hips and a defined waist, but probably all wrong for proper slim jims.

MooMinCow Sun 13-Jan-13 10:03:37

Well, I'm off to the shops so might swing past Gap and just try some on. Have lost a bit of weight since I last wore Gap trews so have no idea what size to get. Am being made redundant hmm so need a smart pair for interviews (hopeful)

MaureenShit Sun 13-Jan-13 10:03:57

i am loving work chat.
I got a lovely shirt from dreaded Boden last autumn - the cambridge one, but its not in this seasons.

I am a 12 but avec le bustage and it suprisingly fitted well as long as the bra wasnt too up and at em. Great collar line with buttons in just the right place. I sometimes find work shirts are either strangling you with buttons or a bit too decolleté

MaureenShit Sun 13-Jan-13 10:04:42

The best jumper i have for work ( is smart casual) is a fab AUtograph angora one i got years ago. Is boat neck and 3/4 sleeve so you can wear a shirt or a stripey top underneath it

MaureenShit Sun 13-Jan-13 10:04:55

oh SKIRTS - sorry i misread!

cocolepew Sun 13-Jan-13 10:09:20

I know Next isn't popular on here but their cigarette pants in atm are lovely, our store had a light grey and a black pair.

MrsBeep Sun 13-Jan-13 10:11:11

I really couldn't care less what's in fashion and what's not. I think its all about what SUITS you as an individual with your personality and size.
These new style 'cigarette' trousers would NOT suit me, as I am 5'4" and a size 18. Have tried on many a pair of straight leg and skinny, and I just look like an egg on cocktail sticks. I have to balance my shape out by having a flare at the bottom of my trousers.

And to the person who put up pics on the second post of the thread saying "hideous, nice, hideous, nice"....that's just your opinion, all of those styles would suit different people.

MaureenShit Sun 13-Jan-13 10:11:50

coco are they all polystery?

MaureenShit Sun 13-Jan-13 10:12:11

mrs beep

take a chill pill

ChablisLover Sun 13-Jan-13 10:16:22

Agree size down in gap

Makes you feel great!

I hate overly polyester trews so that's why I like gap.

So much man made fabrics on the high street at the mo - I hate it

I would gladly pay for cotton!

But that's another rant altogether

MaureenShit Sun 13-Jan-13 10:17:04

There is a real dearth of them imo. I looked at bloody Jigsaw and they are ludicrously expensive

noddyholder Sun 13-Jan-13 11:57:12

not trousers but i tried this on and wished I worked in an office so so flattering. Still might buy it looks really modern and smart. Shuffles out to freelance corner

MaureenShit Sun 13-Jan-13 12:02:03

LOLOl at the model pic on that website - she looks SO pissed off and it looks terribel on her!

noddyholder Sun 13-Jan-13 12:16:02

Yes but that jumper is a look that most wouldn't suit! Look great with pussycat blouse and heeled loafers.

MaureenShit Sun 13-Jan-13 12:22:52

you know that is a lURE to me the loafers.

i cant get PC blouse to work - too much going on in the top half

noddyholder Sun 13-Jan-13 12:27:32

You need a simple one and colour better than white which is hard to pull off. I have an old grey french connection one very flattering and plain. Tie the bow to the side not the front a la mrs slocombe

MaureenShit Sun 13-Jan-13 12:34:52

good tip nod

noddyholder Sun 13-Jan-13 12:43:06

smile where's me fashion medal

louwn Sun 13-Jan-13 12:43:57

I find work trousers hard to get right so just wear dresses and skirts (although have a couple of pairs of 7/8 I wear with very high heels!).

I like cigarette trousers for work but agree that the ankle chilliness is an issue. I tend to go for this shape for ankle coverage although I am toying with this shape but worry that it could look a bit pyjama -y.

Great tip on the PB Noddy smile

noddyholder Sun 13-Jan-13 13:02:47

Love those massimo dutti trousers will order i think

cocolepew Sun 13-Jan-13 13:04:44

Ummm they looked ok, pretty thick and not shiny, they had horizontal zip pockets on they front. I didn't inspect them too hard tbh.

noddyholder Sun 13-Jan-13 13:04:51

God beehive have a list building on there so many things i like

MaureenShit Sun 13-Jan-13 13:18:29

I'd look like a clown in them. Can't wear any pleating. Look huge

alemci Sun 13-Jan-13 13:22:11

My work trousers are really dated but it is such a nightmare to get ones which fit properly. I used to like the original Principles but the ben de lisi ones are cut differently and are not comfortable.

I seem to buy more and more skirts as they are easier and I don't get that horrible crotchy feel which seems to inflict me with most makes of trousers.

Don't like 3/4 cigarette pants and I want to be warm.

insprognito Sun 13-Jan-13 13:35:05

I like the cigarette style trousers but not in 7/8 style at this time of year.I like to wear a high heeled boot and they just don't go unless its a low cut shoe-boot.I went shopping for work clothes recently and must have tried on about 30 pairs of trousers!

I'm just under 5ft4 and find most trousers too long unless I have heels on. For the first time ever I tried the petite range at Wallis and they're perfect. I bought a skinnny bootcut, slightly flared at bottom but very slim fitting so still a modern silhouette.

I'm a 10/12 and an hourglass. I have trouble with trousers because if they fit at the hips they're often too big at the waist. I end up wearing them quite low (not quite hipsters though lol).

I love pussycat blouses but they don't suit me. I'm a 34dd and think I look top heavy and mummsy in anything with a high neck. I think a V neck looks best on my shape. I've also just bought a couple of smart/casual fitted jumper dresses they're great if your waist is a different size to your bust and hips.You don't get that excess material round your middle that shift dresses give me.
All I need now is a skirt style to suit me. I just don't know where to start?

noddyholder Sun 13-Jan-13 13:36:44

I must be the only person with boobs who doesn't suit v necks!

MaureenShit Sun 13-Jan-13 13:37:33

Incognito. You want some with stretch don't you?

MaureenShit Sun 13-Jan-13 13:38:02

I think high necks can work if arms out.

MaureenShit Sun 13-Jan-13 13:38:33

Skirts. I just live on pencils. Zara

MaureenShit Sun 13-Jan-13 13:38:47


In pencils

IMO marks and spencer autograph trousers with wool are the best. Varying leg length at £39.50 a pair. Can't link as on iPad.

MaureenShit Sun 13-Jan-13 13:40:33

Just copy the address

Hold finger over address. Select. Copy. Paste

WildThong Sun 13-Jan-13 13:47:21

This thread is fatal! I've just ordered 2 pairs of trousers and 2 tops from the Great Plains sale. Thanks (I think)

insprognito Sun 13-Jan-13 13:52:27

Alemci what type of skirts do you wear?

noddyholder Sun 13-Jan-13 13:56:29

these look good

Jemster Sun 13-Jan-13 14:18:56

Insprognito my body shape sounds like yours. Where did you get your jumper dresses? And what type of shoes with the wallis petite trousers? I'm back to work soon and have nothing to wear as none of old stuff fits.

MaureenShit Sun 13-Jan-13 14:36:13

i never hear od massimo thingy apart from on here - what IS it?

MaureenShit Sun 13-Jan-13 14:36:43

HOw long are their trews standard? I cant see

noddyholder Sun 13-Jan-13 14:37:32

A bit upmarket zara I have a few things but not bought for years. Love the shoes and coats

MaureenShit Sun 13-Jan-13 14:40:31

trousers lenght?

noddyholder Sun 13-Jan-13 14:41:35

No idea although they look long.

MaureenShit Sun 13-Jan-13 14:46:11

LOVE the crap English on that site. " lower part" for bottoms and " labor days" for working days

did NO ONE read it before it went live?

Have ordered


noddyholder Sun 13-Jan-13 14:47:16

I really like them look fab. I have some long trousers like that and jeans and people always comment on them think you have lost weight!

Am desperate for work trousers (I only wear black trousers on period from hell days but they are useful to have for that time!) and am really struggling. Topshop too polyestery.
Hobbs too expensive and too long and too dry clean only.
Gap - hate the quality. They look like shit after one or two washes and pick up fluff like mad. And most of them are a foot too long for me anyway.
M&S - never quite right. Usually too big on the bum. Often polyestery. Crap stitching on hems.
I want narrow legged but not 7 8ths. Agh.

MaureenShit Sun 13-Jan-13 14:58:14

they do - with a smart shirt

MaureenShit Sun 13-Jan-13 14:58:55

REmus you need to wait for Banana republic to get some more Logan straight leg wool in

alemci Sun 13-Jan-13 14:59:52

Insprognito I usually wear an A line skirt on the knee. recently I bought a tweed skirt from Monsoon in the sale which is above the knee which was more fitted and loved it. Sometimes I may even wear a longer skirt. It is more that I get cold where I work so that is important to me as I am often sitting in cold environments and don't move around much whilst there.

I am mid 40's and my knees aren't that wonderful IHO. I don't want to look muttonish. However I notice male attention if I do wear shorter skirts which can be quite flattering. Sometimes wear an above the knee denim skirt.

I am long waisted and I find trouser buying very difficult. I often end up with frumpy trousers 'cos they are comfy. Often have a gap at the back as my back is quite hollow.

MaureenShit Sun 13-Jan-13 15:02:57

ah you see Im short waisted

dont boden cater for the long of carcass? And monsoon?

noddyholder Sun 13-Jan-13 15:07:20

You need a bloody phd in fashion to dress short waisted

MaureenShit Sun 13-Jan-13 15:07:53

I know * wah *

Will check out BR next time I'm in London. Can't be faffed with online and sending back etc.

Am also short waisted, but I also seem to have a hollow back! Hate being short waisted as it makes norks look so THERE iyswim.

MaureenShit Sun 13-Jan-13 15:09:58

oh its super easy. they are very good at e-trading, considering how long they took to set it up. If you order it on their 3-4 days it almost always comes overnight.

easy to reseal, bung on label and throw at post office

EnjoyResponsibly Sun 13-Jan-13 15:13:46

These from coast are fabulous, stretchy too. They are cropped on me (look great with flats so less good this time of year, better in Spring/autumn).

MaureenShit Sun 13-Jan-13 15:20:16

EIGHTY FIVE QUID for viscose?

I wouldn't spend that much on trousers, because they always seem to go a bit weird on the knees anyway. In fact, the last pair of expensive trousers I bought (in the sale) turned out to be worse quality than M&S.

EnjoyResponsibly Sun 13-Jan-13 15:59:19

<offers Maureen smelling salts>

Remus incorrect in this case I assure you. Had them 9 months, shape kept beautifully.

alemci Sun 13-Jan-13 16:51:58

I used to buy liz Clairborne trousers years' ago when they were in John Lewis, they were expensive but seemed to fit.

My dd found a black pair in my wardrobe and wears them in the 6th form. The fabric is quite thick and they are flat fronted. Good buy as they were bought in the early 00's. They even go in the drier (might pinch them back in desperation)

Thank you for link to Great Plains sale smile

No work trousers in my size (continue the fruitless search for those!) but bought pencil skirt and jersey dress for very reasonable price.


Thank you MissBeehivingUnderTheMistletoe

I believe you, Enjoy. I still can't afford them though. smile

MrsBeep Sun 13-Jan-13 18:13:18

MaureenShit apologies if I came over agro, no intention for that meant. Just throwing my 2p in about my opinion on work trousers.

I wish I could suit these new style ones, but I'm just too curvy for it.

Pompbear Sun 13-Jan-13 18:55:17

Black coated skinny jeans work well too I find. I had a pair taken up slightly and they're nice and warm, stretchy and super comfy. Good option for winter but you still have the cold ankle issue!

Mine are from sainsbos - they're a great fit - hidden support they're called and half price at the moment

Love coated skinnies but would be sent home if I wore them to work!

MaureenShit Mon 14-Jan-13 07:45:15

New style in br but cropped. Good for spring.

MaureenShit Mon 14-Jan-13 07:45:27
MooMinCow Mon 14-Jan-13 07:47:09

Gap have 20% off today only in store and online. Use GAPSTYLE code. Typical, could have done with it yesterday grrr

MaureenShit Mon 14-Jan-13 07:49:32

Of course. I ring up and claim.

I ordered yesterday. They're out for delivery today fgs!!

MooMinCow Mon 14-Jan-13 07:54:03

The True Straight were lovely, but too long by about 3 inches! DH is in America this week so have mailed him linky to buy a shorter length pair, as they only do shorter lengths in certain styles in UK grr (sort it out Gap!). If he doesn't find a pair I will just have to hack off the extra length myself!

MaureenShit Mon 14-Jan-13 07:55:54

Is that what ive ordered

MaureenShit Mon 14-Jan-13 07:56:24

Yup. It is. Long is good. Plus they shrink.

MooMinCow Mon 14-Jan-13 07:58:21

Do they? Ah well, if he does get them, I'll turn them into Capri pants then wink

lurkingaround Mon 14-Jan-13 09:53:37

noddy if you're around. that Cos skirt you linked, is the length not a bit frumpy? I would love it but the length put me off.

Great thread, just reading now, yes, Gap can shrink, but what gets me more is that they fade. I no like it.

MaureenShit Mon 14-Jan-13 11:31:15

the trousers have come.
ONce i have de sweated from gym i will try

MaureenShit Mon 14-Jan-13 11:31:36

yes - only the cotton fades
I wash as delicates - that helps

MaureenShit Mon 14-Jan-13 13:04:56

ok * breathes in *

fabric lovely length a bit too long for my 31 inch inside leg! I would have to take up until they shrunk after a vigorous tumble.

I am just wondering if even the bloody 10 is too big. is a bit roomy on the thigh. i have rarely been a 10in rl and never ever an 8

I might order 8 adn see how bad i have to slither to get into them

CharlotteBronteSaurus Mon 14-Jan-13 13:24:04

which ones are these?
i need roomy on the thigh and am 33" inside leg so they might work

stclemens Mon 14-Jan-13 14:03:57

are these the Massimo dutti ones??

<taps fingers impatiently>

lurkingaround Mon 14-Jan-13 14:15:42

I would say size down. Even if they fit now, in an hour or 2 they will be quite a bit looser. Yes, the sizing is ridiculous.

MaureenShit Mon 14-Jan-13 14:57:10

Gap perfect straight

MaureenShit Mon 14-Jan-13 14:58:11

Sorry. True straight.

MaureenShit Mon 14-Jan-13 15:01:13

I ORDERED The super skinny too as i am fannying around with postage
i BET you they come tomorrow, are so fast

noddyholder Mon 14-Jan-13 15:04:25

Primark push up super skinny dark wash jeans £13 so practically premium fantastic for those wanting a boost in the bum dept (no good for work though) Size 10 though so vanity sizing i think. Maureen how can you be on a diet and an 8 envy

MaureenShit Mon 14-Jan-13 15:06:58

its WORK noddo, no denim

MaureenShit Mon 14-Jan-13 15:07:38

i am not an 8 - thats the thing. its gap freakery

i am 10.7 which is ok but i want to be about 10.2 or i will be 11 stone again in a flash

noddyholder Mon 14-Jan-13 15:07:49

I know but so good i had to post

MaureenShit Mon 14-Jan-13 15:33:17

i have the primark $7 ones

noddyholder Mon 14-Jan-13 15:35:48

Yes i do these are different lift your bum

MaureenShit Mon 14-Jan-13 15:41:33


Just reporting back on the Massimo Dutti trousers - lovely fabric and fit - are keepers smile

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