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Search for black work trousers that aren't cheap and shiny-looking, and don't make me look huge...

(19 Posts)
MsElisaDay Tue 07-May-13 14:58:54

I've just gone back to work after maternity leave and need some new smart black trousers for everyday wear.

However, every pair I've found so far are wrong, wrong, wrong. I want a slim/skinny leg, not a billowing wide one.
They should be narrow around the ankle, with no garish adornments (what's with the tacky gold zips?!) and a decent fabric, hopefully with a bit of stretch.
Most of the ones I've seen so far are that vile cheap-looking shiny fabric which I really can't stand.

Any ideas? I want to spend no more than £40 ideally. I'm a size 10/12 and 5ft 5ins.
Or should I axe the black trousers idea altogether and go for a different workwear look?! I'm living in pencil skirts at the moment - can't wear my dresses anymore as an still bfing.
Thanks!

Gillybobs Tue 07-May-13 15:17:54

Boden bistro crops are totally amazing quality and if you buy the longer length they will be ankle length rather than cropped . If you use code SIZE you'll get them for 47 but trust me they are worth every penny

www.boden.co.uk/en-GB/Womens-Trousers-Jeans/Trousers/WM329/Womens-Bistro-Crop-Trouser.html?NavGroupID=19

CMOTDibbler Tue 07-May-13 15:27:13

I've just bought these, and they are lovely on and v flattering

Nehru Tue 07-May-13 16:19:33

OOH you need gap
Size right down. I am a 12 and am a UK 8 in these
www.gap.co.uk/browse/product.do?pid=000772522&preferredLocale=en_GB&kwid=1&sem=false&sdReferer=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.google.co.uk%2F

MsElisaDay Tue 07-May-13 16:28:06

Oooooh, I love those, Nehru.
An 8 though, really?! I'm a 10 in trousers in Next and a 12 in Topshop, if that helps.
They've sold out of the 10s online, but not sure an 8 would fasten up...

Nehru Tue 07-May-13 16:45:40

No way will you be a 10.
However in their (also lovely) slim crops I am a 12.
The long ones give so much. Also shrunk lengthwise so don't tumble.
They seem long initially but shrink and inch which for me is fine with heels.
Look good with a mannish shirt and belt.

Nehru Tue 07-May-13 16:47:28

Oh you're 5'5
You might want to tack them up a bit then tumble with abandon and let down later

Shoeniverse Tue 07-May-13 16:51:29

OLD NAVY £13
www.lyst.com/clothing/old-navy-the-diva-skinny-ankle-pants-black-dots/?ctx=233392&lyst_source=233392&lyst_medium=product&lyst_campaign=link

ASOS -£20
www.lyst.com/clothing/asos-collection-asos-crop-trousers-in-linen-black/?ctx=233392&lyst_source=233392&lyst_medium=product&lyst_campaign=link

OASIS - £40
www.lyst.com/clothing/oasis-celeste-slim-leg-trouser-black/?ctx=233392&lyst_source=233392&lyst_medium=product&lyst_campaign=link

timetopost Tue 07-May-13 18:33:42

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sittinginthesun Tue 07-May-13 18:40:41

I would never normally suggest this, but I bought a really nice pair in M&S.

Nehru Tue 07-May-13 18:50:52

we ALL love the slim crops
I have them on today for work with patent heels and the boden grey shell top.

Nehru Tue 07-May-13 18:55:50

I have given them their own thread now.

carrie74 Tue 07-May-13 19:28:39

Yup, Gap are the ones (or Banana Republic, but probs outside your budget unless in sale).

BikeRunSki Tue 07-May-13 19:33:49

So glad it's not just me 1- having this problem with work trousers and 2 - who finds Boden skinny leg too narrow on the calf. Was gutted, especially as I have lost two dress sizes recently!

MsElisaDay Tue 07-May-13 20:15:02

Excellent, its decided. Gap it is. But the full-length ones, the skinny crops, or both?
If I have just one decent pair of black trousers, would it be daft for them to be a crop?!

MsElisaDay Tue 07-May-13 20:16:30

Oh, and if the slim crop, should I order a 12? I'm usually a 12 but occasionally a 10.

Nehru Tue 07-May-13 20:57:53

the banana republic fine wool trousers are also nice for winter

Nehru Tue 07-May-13 20:59:29

They are out of stock atm but these but in full length
bananarepublic.gap.co.uk/browse/product.do?vid=1&pid=000434751SPR12-148

very good for short waisted people. LINED and warm

Nehru Tue 07-May-13 20:59:49

get both - prob gets you free postage anyway

plus free returns

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