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Decent quality trousers for work for 'curvy' legs and not black

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JenniMoo Fri 04-Apr-14 07:19:15

I'm trying to put together a work wardrobe ready for mat leave to end in a few weeks. I need a pair of trousers, but skinny / tapered don't suit as I have big thighs and calves so need something looser. I'd also like to avoid black and get some that go with the lovely autumn colours I've bought tops in like browns, mustard, greens.

Any thought of where to look, and what shape? I had some m&s trousers pre-DCs but I didn't fancy any of the (non black...) I saw on the website.

Rumplestiltskinismyname Fri 04-Apr-14 07:22:47

I'm not sure what size you are- but I've recently invested in some bistro trousers from boden, which went round my thighs nicely!! I liked them so much I've ordered a second pair. Have a number of colour options.

JenniMoo Fri 04-Apr-14 07:33:12

I'll take a look, thank you.

I'm about a 14 I think, but haven't worn trousers much since DS was born 7m ago...

SorrelForbes Fri 04-Apr-14 14:32:08

I've just received these by courier about half an hour ago. Much more flattering than the bistro crops.

They're lovely, very flattering indeed and good thick material. I am ample of thigh grin and these do not do that horrible 'crease in towards your crotch' thing at the top of your leg that most trousers do.

Ujjayi Fri 04-Apr-14 14:58:57

I was about to recommend the bistro crops too - very accommodating for thighs.

SorrelForbes - what is the length like on the Chelsea trousers? I had to buy the longer length of the bistro crops because the regular finished mid-calf (not flattering IMO). I should add that I am short of leg and a fairly average 5'6".

JenniMoo Fri 04-Apr-14 15:31:57

I'm not sure I have very good ankles for displaying, but will give them a try.

Djangor Fri 04-Apr-14 15:38:37

I love the way that Boden say that the Chelsea trousers work for all sizes & shapes. Evidently anyone who has a difference of more than 6-7inches between waist & hips just doesn't exist. I did try them as they have some elastane so thought they might stretch enough on the hips but No.
Ujjayi - I'd say you need the longer length - I tried regular in both these & the Bistro crops - which were even more disastrous fit than the Chelsea's - & I'd say they came out about the same length (although with Boden's completely erratic sizing you never really know).

polyhymnia Fri 04-Apr-14 15:52:21

Another vote for the Boden Chelsea ones . Most comfortable trousers I've had for a long time - and most Boden ones no good for me, including the bistro ones.

The Chelseas aren't too baggy but not tight either. Also seem to fit my hourglass figure ( about 10 ' ' difference between waist and hip) really well. I'm 5'9"" and the L graze my ankles as intended.

SorrelForbes Fri 04-Apr-14 16:31:09

I've got a 29" waist and 41" hips (12" difference) and the Chelsea trousers in a 12 fit really well. The waist is a smidgeon below my waist but the rise is high enough to avoid builder's bum.

Ujjayi I'm 5'4" and they sit on my ankle bone. I'd quite like them to be about 1.5" shorter actually.

RevoltingPeasant Fri 04-Apr-14 19:29:53

OP I have short sturdy legs and wear Monsoon trousers. I find they fit and look smart. And last!

mixedpeel Fri 04-Apr-14 19:32:10

Is it straightforward to order and return from Boden? I've never had anything from them, but am also generous of thigh and calf so if these are recommended I'm interested...I'm with the OP in not wanting black, and ideally not massively officey.

However, trousers on me are far more often miss than hit in the changing rooms, so not sure about shelling out all that dosh on a maybe.

mixedpeel Fri 04-Apr-14 19:34:34

Also, if I'd just seen them in a pic, and not linked from a thread about chunkier legs, I'd never in a million years think I'd get them on confused

JenniMoo Fri 04-Apr-14 20:07:08

Snap mixedpeel! They don't look like they'd be flattering but I've ordered a couple of pairs to try, although there weren't all the sizes I'd have liked to try. It's easy to return, just wrap it back up, pop the label on, and take to the post office. As long as you have a free returns offer it's fine. I had free returns and delivery and 11% off in an email this afternoon! (Code was A83C)

I'll also take a look at monsoon.

mixedpeel Fri 04-Apr-14 20:16:50

Thanks for the code, Jenni. I might try it, really on the strength of seeing how sound Sorrel's advice on bra sizing is.

Though I promise not to stamp my feet and blame you, Sorrel, if they don't turn out to fit wink

polyhymnia Fri 04-Apr-14 21:43:20

Just to agree they really are very easy to order and return from. You may want to use the code I just have: A72E . Gets you 15% off and free post and returns.

SorrelForbes Fri 04-Apr-14 22:29:52

Oh gosh, no feet stamping please wink

HarderToKidnap Fri 04-Apr-14 22:31:53

Can I just really recommend the sorrel jeans from white stuff. I have thighs for days and they fit nicely in the straight leg. They have some great colours and I think would be ok for work if it wasn't too formal an environment.

BikeRunSki Fri 04-Apr-14 22:57:45

I am a 12/14 with sturdy legs, and I find that Sainsbury's trousers fit really well! I have 3 pairs of coloured chinos and some black work trousers; all look and feel considerably more expensive than the£15-£20 I paid for them.

JenniMoo Tue 08-Apr-14 20:40:16

Thanks for the tips here. The boden Chelsea turn ups are fab! I wouldn't think they'd be so flattering. The vole colour is perfect too, but unfortunately they only had my size in long and they really are too long sad

Rumplestiltskinismyname Tue 08-Apr-14 21:49:56

Top tip is to ring them. I got a pair of trousers that I love which must have been a return- as it was showing up as no stock on their website.

polyhymnia Tue 08-Apr-14 22:42:12

Glad you like the Chelseas. My second pair arrived this morning ( agree it's always worth ringing Boden for returns not showing up on screen btw).

Now wondering about my next pair. Could I ask what colour the Mole actually are, please? Light grey ? Taupe? Mauvish tone? If so what sort of mauve (Bluish? Pinkish? Light ? Dark?).

polyhymnia Tue 08-Apr-14 22:45:31

Sorry, Vole, not Mole!

libertychick Wed 09-Apr-14 09:52:55

Thanks for the code polyhymnia. I have just ordered the chelseas in meadow (green) smile

Redoubtable Wed 09-Apr-14 11:02:25

Sorrel I'm very similar proportions to you tho' a bit taller.
I'm also very very hourglass with a similar differential between waist and hips.
I've never got on with Boden trousers....but I think you may have inspired me to try them again (I'll wait for a code before jumping)

polyhymnia Wed 09-Apr-14 11:05:01

Best code I know of at moment is A72E - 15% off and free post and returns.

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