Alternative everyday trousers to jeans

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I wear jeans literally all the time (except at work), just the one dark pair from White Stuff (which I do wash!). Can anyone suggest some other everyday trousers to go with lots of tops? I'm so bored of looking the same all the time! I also always wear Converse with them, so alternative comfy everyday shoe recommendations would be appreciated too! I look very young for my age, which I don't like, so something 'grown up' (I'm 32!) would be good! I don't think the jeans & Converse combo does me any favours. I'm of petite frame, size 8. Many thanks.

JapaneseMargaret Sat 12-Apr-14 20:34:44

I saw these on another thread and thought they were really nice. In fact, Boden does a pretty extensive line in jeans alternatives.

I'm not a converse type, but wear ballet flat and sandals in summer. <wistful, as going into winter here>

frankietwospots Sat 12-Apr-14 22:19:50

Get these!

I have the khaki and navy (not online). They also do pale pink. The UK 6 will fit you. I wear them with these:

Am thinking of getting a third pair because they are so good.

Polonius Sat 12-Apr-14 22:24:10

I'd lose the converse and go for a ballet pump, as converse and jeans is a very childish look.

Having the same problem with jeans too. They are too easy to throw on, so I do. Have bought a couple of high waisted pairs, which at least mixes up my silhouette.

That, and a standard black miniskirt which I wear with tights.

I love printed trousers, but struggle to make more than one outfit out of them. My black and white tartan trousers only really go with something black or white on top, but it looks like the same outfit if I wear them more than once a week.

BlueSkySunnyDay Sat 12-Apr-14 22:27:48

I got some black fleck linen trousers in a monsoon sale which I wear with converse...hell will freeze over before I swap them for ballet pumps grin

ShoeWhore Sun 13-Apr-14 07:23:02

Nothing wrong with converse imho - everyone wears them now! If I add a blazer to jeans and converse it really changes the whole look.

Like those chinos frankie linked to. Might go and try those myself!

Thanks for all the replies, and sorry for disappearing!

I like the Boden & Gap ones, thank you. Frankie, those shoes look so comfy, but I fear they may still be young looking. I've noticed quite a few shops do that style now, so perhaps I should try a few.

I love the look of ballet pumps, but often find them very hard under the sole, and also they often cut across my bunion, which doesn't so much stick out as up, just an enlarged joint really. Can anyone recommend some comfy flats? I have 2 small children, so not tottering around in heels! Also find higher waisted trousers better having had 2 caesareans.

oohdaddypig Mon 14-Apr-14 00:09:49

I find ballet flats so uncomfortable too. I know they look great...

I have just bought some soft leather lace up brogues from clarks which I can recommend!

Ilovemydogandmydoglovesme Mon 14-Apr-14 00:18:51

Loafers are quite nice. smile

BlueSkySunnyDay Mon 14-Apr-14 14:19:12

I like the idea of ballet pumps but my feet are narrow so they are not comfortable so I get where you are coming from. In my head they look chic and sophisticated but in reality I look like a mad woman who would have 30 cats at home and write love letters to Simon Cowell. grin]

I am tempted to try some Converse Ballet pumps here

BlueSkySunnyDay Mon 14-Apr-14 14:19:45

grin that went wrong!

If they don't have to be converse, Sainsburys do one similar to the above for £8!

BlueSkySunnyDay Mon 14-Apr-14 16:15:10

Really - thanks will have a look.

Have they resisted the urge to "girl them up" and put pink/red bows or stripes on them? Are they comfortable?

These are mine.

Sorry had to go to safari to post that. Yes, very comfy. smile

SuburbanCrofter Mon 14-Apr-14 16:52:58

I wear skinny jeans and converse.

I am 41.


Cocolepew Mon 14-Apr-14 16:59:05

Sainsbury's do a slim leg heavyish linen trouser, I've not tried them on but they look nice.

JohnCusacksWife Mon 14-Apr-14 17:15:05

Suburban, I'll see your 41 and raise you 44! Wearing skinnies and converse as I type. Yay to being childish ;-)

BlueSkySunnyDay Mon 14-Apr-14 17:37:49

Thanks - I will have a look at them!

I wear my floaty silver grey linen trousers with Converse - I feel great in them so I am not really bothered about what anyone else thinks about them grin

Cocolepew Mon 14-Apr-14 17:38:15

I wear skinny or boyfriend jeans and converse and I'm 45 grin

BlueSkySunnyDay Mon 14-Apr-14 17:38:22

and im older than both of you LOL!!

SuburbanCrofter Mon 14-Apr-14 18:13:44

Yay for us elderly covers wearers wink

SuburbanCrofter Mon 14-Apr-14 18:14:07

Eh?? Converse

Not sure about those Converse ballet pumps to be honest, the bow on the back looks a bit odd! Might check out the Sainsbury's version though, cheap & cheerful perhaps.

So it seems I should be wearing my skinnies & Converse with pride?! It's not that I don't like the look, but at 5'3" with a petite frame, I don't think it does me any favours, I don't feel like a grown up on the school run!

I got some jeggings today in Uniqlo, in grey & black. They're so comfy, but slightly worried about the risk of camel toe! grin Or are you just supposed to wear a long top?! I'm so out of touch. Might need to try them on again at home to make my mind up. I'll try to post a link to the jeggings, if anyone's interested.

Link to Uniqlo jeggings, if I can do it right:


BikeRunSki Mon 14-Apr-14 18:54:46

I wear skinny chinos from Sainsbury's and Land's end. My athletic calves won't fit in anything else.

BikeRunSki Mon 14-Apr-14 18:57:23

I also wear Converse (43).

Like the sound of the skinny chinos. Our Sainsbury's has a big clothing dept, I obviously need to have a look! I'm not sure I can claim my calves are athletic, but they are on the bigger side, a legacy from my years of ballet I think. Rather annoying when you want to buy long boots!

Are Converse a Mumsnet 'thing'?! One thing that annoys me with them is I find they look tatty rather quickly, especially the white bit at the front, on top of the toes.

petalsandstars Mon 14-Apr-14 19:00:56

Clarks have some comfy flats in their unstructured range at the moment

Llareggub Mon 14-Apr-14 19:01:53

I stick my converse in the washing machine.

Thanks petals, I'll have a look.

ProfondoRosso Mon 14-Apr-14 19:13:48

I'm not a fan of Converse but for casual, comfy shoes I love Clarks desert boots or some proper old school Adidas Gazelles smile

I'd second Uniqlo legging trousers, they're great.

frankietwospots Mon 14-Apr-14 21:23:11

The Kurt Geiger leopard slip on trainers that I linked to are super comfy and just for ref, I am 42. I wear them with my Gap skinny khakis all the time at the moment. I have Converse too but agree that they can look tatty quite quickly. I tend to clean them with baby wipes if I've been down the canal path or something.

I know what you mean about the camel toe risk with the Uniqlo leggings!

The slip on trainers look great, but I think I'd need to try a pair to see if they suit me. I got vouchers for Jigsaw for Mother's Day, and they do something similar, so might take a look there.

BlueSkySunnyDay Mon 14-Apr-14 23:50:01

Converse not a mumsnet thing for me I was

BlueSkySunnyDay Mon 14-Apr-14 23:50:02

Converse not a mumsnet thing for me I was

BlueSkySunnyDay Mon 14-Apr-14 23:58:02

Damn phone

Converse not a mumsnet thing for me I was wearing them before Mumsnet (and the Internet? ) were even a twinkle in anyone's eye. I had to go to a shop on Kensington High Street to by them...15/20 years later that pair are STILL wearable! !

My grumpy painful feet like them and, yes, mine too have been in the washing machine.

Thanks BlueSky, I knew they'd been around for a while, just thought they might have become popular among mumsnetters! I have washed mine in the machine before, but I don't find the rubber bits come up very clean.

Legologgo Tue 15-Apr-14 08:24:12

Converse. Mum shoes

wickedfairy Tue 15-Apr-14 08:52:04

I love those Gap skinny chinos! I have 33-34" legs - the 32 will prob too short, won't they? Grrr... Maybe ok for summer.

What us the sizing like please? I am a 12... Thanks

Legologgo Tue 15-Apr-14 09:08:19


burnishedsilver Tue 15-Apr-14 09:12:07

Clarks freckle face, which they now seem to be calling freckle ice, are ballet shaped but feel like walking on air.

treaclesoda Tue 15-Apr-14 09:16:10

Is mum shoes an insult? I am a mum therefore by definition all my shoes are mum shoes surely? grin

treaclesoda Tue 15-Apr-14 09:19:27

I know I'm going to be laughed off the thread but for comfy flats, I have a pair of sort of ballet pump type things from <looks round so as not to attract attention> Hush Puppies, and they are so comfortable it's like walking round barefoot. They don't have the big ugly sole that most Hush Puppies do, so they look pretty inoffensive.

I'm going to be excommunicated for suggesting Hush Puppies aren't I?

Legologgo Tue 15-Apr-14 09:27:11

Yup. Insult.

Dumpylump Tue 15-Apr-14 09:29:25

It's ok treaclesoda I have a pair too. These ones! I wear them with my jeans and they are much comfiest than any of my other ballet flat type shoes.

BlueSkySunnyDay Tue 15-Apr-14 10:24:19

I think lego sneaked in whole his mum was away from the computer...ignore,
the kids are struggling with 2 weeks off grin

I have Hush Puppy boots I don't think they are any less "cool" than Clarks.

Like the sound of Hush Puppy flats, I'm not proud! Will check out the Clarks ones too, thanks for the recommendations.

frankietwospots Tue 15-Apr-14 22:00:42

@wickedfairy - the sizing of the Gap chinos is generous. I'm usually an 8 and got a UK size 6. Weirdly, the khaki colour are more generous than the navy. Length wise, they are not bad (I usually wear 32") but I turn them up one for an 'on the ankle' look.

Legologgo Tue 15-Apr-14 22:06:58

Lol. If only you knew

Snappyteabread Tue 15-Apr-14 22:11:07

Now I'm looking at the Hush puppy flats. Normally I find those kinds of ballet pumps too thin on the sole, but these look good. Will perhaps order and try at home as I always thing you need to try on with specific trousers to know.

Tell me something, are these disgusting or quite nice?

I think I quite like them but then I noticed they were the k brand from Clarks and I wondered if this means that I've turned into an old lady. Honest opinions please.....

I too am wearing Converse all the time. Love them, but need something else.

frankietwospots Tue 15-Apr-14 22:14:26

No likey. Sorry.

treaclesoda Tue 15-Apr-14 23:03:45

sorry snappy, I think they're old lady shoes. And since I've already owned up to wearing Hush Puppies, you can probably guess that I have more tolerance for old lady shoes than a lot of the hip young things on mumsnet. But those are a step too far for me.

wickedfairy Wed 16-Apr-14 11:41:42

Thanks Frankie - will go and try some on!

Snappyteabread Wed 16-Apr-14 22:03:46

Ok. I had thought they reminded me of funky Blowfish shoes and Fly London shoes but I think I'm in the minority. Good job I didn't buy them. Will continue on the quest for some comfy additions to my foot wardrobe.

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