Linen trousers, HELP!!!

(47 Posts)
beautyguru Tue 09-Jul-13 17:02:47

I want to buy some navy, wide straight legged, preferably drawstring waist, linen trousers with a budget of £40 though less would be good! I have searched in every shop I can think of but can't find any! Please can any of you super shoppers help?!

LadyIsabellaWrotham Tue 09-Jul-13 17:14:01

Don't do it! Step away from the linen drawstring trousers! But at least they're not white.

Or post in Chat where people will answer but not judge.

But if you absolutely must, John Lewis have one last pair in size 16 in their sale if that's your size.

BestIsWest Tue 09-Jul-13 20:42:45

I have these Monsoon . Not drawstring but very comfortable.

dreamingofsun Tue 09-Jul-13 20:50:01

sorry can't link. judge me all u like. i don't care. they are comfy and cool (obviously temp wise)

beautyguru Wed 10-Jul-13 16:19:41

Thank you bestwest and dreaming, will venture there and see if they fit. Am a size 12 so the john Lewis are too big but I have to ask lady; whats your issue with linen trousers?!! Not that it will stop me wearing them as I love them but I'm curious? And is your issue with the trousers themselves or what they are worn with?!

lizandlulu Wed 10-Jul-13 16:34:26

What's wrong with white?? I'm wearing white today sad

LadyIsabellaWrotham Wed 10-Jul-13 17:04:18

It's a traditional S&B shibboleth because they are generally extremely unflattering (especially in white). If you're wearing them on holiday and don't give a monkeys about that as long as they're cool and comfy then naturally go right ahead.

It's mumsnet bollocks. Only the thin and beautiful must wear white whilst everyone else must swelter in their jeans for fear of upsetting anyone else.

Hoever, in real life, white linen trousers are great for summer and look good on most people so idiots that try to tell you that they look shit can fuck right off.

HappyGirlNow Wed 10-Jul-13 17:19:05

Someone once said that when you wear linen trousers it looks like your vagina is eating your clothes - and it's true, it does! grin

They crumple up around your groin, sag at the arse and are the wardrobe staple of frumpy mum.. Sorry, but that's the perception..

LadyIsabellaWrotham Wed 10-Jul-13 18:25:03

I think that the pitfall with linen trousers is that there is the potential for serious discrepancy between how you think you look (and how you looked in the changing room) and how you actually look at the end of the day.I speak as a reformed linen trouser addict myself.

If you go out in tracky bottoms then you're not going to get a nasty surprise when you see the photos - if you go out in drawstring linen then you might. Or you might not of course - either because they're comfy and cool and you don't give a toss, or because they're staggeringly expensive heavy weight and impeccably tailored (and you have a stylist following you around with a hand held steamer).

Or you're just a normal person who doesn't have time for this shit. This is the part of mn I really hate.

beautyguru Wed 10-Jul-13 19:08:24

Ha ha ha grin thats really made me laugh!! I do know what you mean but tend to think that it happens more to; errmm how shall I put it politely; more mature ladies with saggy bottoms? I wash mine after every wear to ensure they keep their shape and make sure I wear good underwear that makes them hang nicely! And they only look frumpy if you put them with a crap top and shoes! But anyway, thats just my opinion and to each their own! Long live linen trousers!! wink

HappyGirlNow Wed 10-Jul-13 19:11:21

Um, you're in the style and beauty section Gwendoline hmm
What's to hate? And you're a little aggressive aren't you?

Beautyguru asked a question and we answered it.. Maybe you're in the wrong section.. Or website..

Roshbegosh Wed 10-Jul-13 19:12:10

Gwen, calm down, it's only linen trousers we're talking about, not Middle East peace.
I agree they are comfortable and cool to wear but you need to not give a toss about the saggy arse look etc.

HappyGirlNow Wed 10-Jul-13 19:13:17

Beauguru good attitude - wear what the hell you like grin I don't like them generally as I really do believe your vagina eats them (!) but some of the heavier duty linen ones are better..

HappyGirlNow Wed 10-Jul-13 19:13:42

beautyguru even..

picnicbasketcase Wed 10-Jul-13 19:15:51

I don't care tbh, they're cool and comfortable and saves having to shave your legs umpteen times a week in hot weather, thereby avoiding cutting them to ribbons. I have about five pairs and they're from Primark. This is probably why I don't post in S&B.

HappyGirlNow Wed 10-Jul-13 19:16:52

Actually, if forgot, I did buy these in every colour.. blush But the mix with cotton totally changes how the material behaves.. grin

LadyIsabellaWrotham Wed 10-Jul-13 19:18:23

I think I covered that with "they're comfy and cool and you don't give a toss" Gwendoline.

beautyguru Wed 10-Jul-13 19:41:49

Oops sorry, really don't want to start WW3 over linen trousers! grin

HappyGirlNow Wed 10-Jul-13 20:28:58

Well you did - hope you're happy now wink

lizandlulu Wed 10-Jul-13 21:12:27

Basically, if ŷou like them wear them smile

I am going to pretend I look lovely at the end of the day!

Bunbaker Wed 10-Jul-13 22:55:45

"They crumple up around your groin, sag at the arse and are the wardrobe staple of frumpy mum..Sorry, but that's the perception.."

Only by the MN fashion police. I like linen trousers and have a pair of Per Una navy heavy linen trousers (before Per Una clothes were designed by crack addicts). They hang beautifully and look good with a vest top and smartish jacket.

Scarletohello Wed 10-Jul-13 23:33:21

I love linen trousers! Straight leg ones really suit my shape. I have a few Primark ones and I've worn them them for the last few years. Bugger what anyone else says!! smile

River island used to do lovely linen trousers every year with a sailor style waist with buttons on the left and right.

This is the first year that they don't seem to have done them and I'm a bit gutted. They were a lovely fit and didn't crease horribly.

Scarletohello Thu 11-Jul-13 00:05:28

A friend also told me that Asda have got some nice ones ( I've never bought clothes there myself so can't verify it..)

EliotNess Thu 11-Jul-13 03:19:43

Oh god. Are the home of the style free. Make everyone look bad.

Bunbaker Thu 11-Jul-13 06:39:11

"Oh god. Are the home of the style free. Make everyone look bad."

Sorry, but I disagree.

nkf Thu 11-Jul-13 06:46:47

Linen trousers are wonderful. And the ones from Primark are more than acceptable. You can tell that I don't post in Style and Beauty much.

MadBusLady Thu 11-Jul-13 06:51:57

Gaah, what's the matter with this thread? If you don't like Style & Beauty, bugger off and leave it to us judgemental bitches. This is like when people erupt all over Baby Names saying "You shouldn't have opinions about other people's naming choices" hmm

I'm actually quite curious to try some linen trousers now though. The RI ones sound(ed) good. Were they a bit like these?

MadBusLady Thu 11-Jul-13 06:54:04

x-posted with you nkf, that wasn't particularly aimed at you. Not particularly, you understand wink

Badvoc Thu 11-Jul-13 06:57:57

I just bought some lovely one as at asda!
Loads of different colours too.

I like them too, surely its how you style them?

I don't feel I look silly in them? cropped ones-no!

nkf Thu 11-Jul-13 07:36:16

Badvoc, does Asda have linen trousers for men?

EliotNess Thu 11-Jul-13 07:37:51

christ cropped would be a blessed relief
If you want your whole arse and thigh area look like a ham sandwich wrapped in gauze- you go for it. the style flatters NO ONE, the drawstring waist is just an excuse to eat too much and they look SO English in a bad way

Badvoc Thu 11-Jul-13 07:43:18

Oh, I don't know...sorry.
They had some lovely colours in the ladies...I couldn't get navy though sad

Badvoc Thu 11-Jul-13 07:46:11

Just checked the website.....doesn't look like it.
Have you tried marks?

AnythingNotEverything Thu 11-Jul-13 07:52:36

They had some lovely ones in next last year that were really slim at the waist and thigh, but wide legged. I have them in navy and white. Might be worth a look.

I love linen trousers. I don't care what some people think.

GibberTheMonkey Thu 11-Jul-13 08:58:43

I have some black ones from littlewoods because they do longer length

And I don't wear drawstring to get away with being fat. In fact the opposite for me. I have wide hips and a smaller waist. I've moved the button across and use the drawstring to pull them in slightly. I then wear a top that covers my waistline. I wouldn't do it if I got too much rucking around the bum or crutch but I don't.
I do wash and iron them after every wear so they're quite high maintenance for me.
I have had compliments from friends when wearing them so can't look too bad.

Anyway yes littlewoods

noddyholder Thu 11-Jul-13 12:41:00

these are very flattering. Otherwise I have to say I agree with eliots the drawstring ones are like a sack and don't suit anyone.

HappyGirlNow Thu 11-Jul-13 12:59:27

noddy I already linked to those upthread! You made me buy them after your thread about them grin

noddyholder Thu 11-Jul-13 13:12:24

grin sorry must read before I post!

Bunbaker Thu 11-Jul-13 17:36:58

"If you want your whole arse and thigh area look like a ham sandwich wrapped in gauze- you go for it. the style flatters NO ONE"

Where are all these unstylish linen trouser wearers? I haven't seen any. The ones I have seen look fine. Mine don't have a drawstring waist BTW.

vitaminC Thu 11-Jul-13 17:45:50

I ordered the navy ones from Monsoon but had to return them as they really were extremely frumpy!

Haven't found a decent alternative yet, I'm afraid sad

wordfactory Thu 11-Jul-13 17:50:48

I bought these for bumming around in and they are super flattering!

beautyguru Thu 18-Jul-13 21:39:03

Ooh just dropped back in and am very surprised to find so many posts! Never thought linen trousers would inspire such a debate! shock Well my hunt continues as Asda ones are lovely but as they have gone into sale the navy ones have sold out....gutted as I've bought them in black and they look very smart on.

Like I said each their own..guess they are like marmite..but seriously there is no need to get offensive bout them! Drawstring waist is naff all to do with eating more! Just means they don't fall down and fit better!!

And yes river islands were were my primark ones which are no longer sad

Sofiamum Thu 18-Jul-13 22:01:33

I got navy ones from Sainsburys and Fat Face.

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