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Alternative everyday trousers to jeans

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NuzzleandScratch Sat 12-Apr-14 18:31:07

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!

NuzzleandScratch Mon 14-Apr-14 00:02:49

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!

OneOfMyTurnsComingOn Mon 14-Apr-14 15:57:39

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?

OneOfMyTurnsComingOn Mon 14-Apr-14 16:36:30

These are mine.

OneOfMyTurnsComingOn Mon 14-Apr-14 16:39:16

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

NuzzleandScratch Mon 14-Apr-14 18:45:03

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.

NuzzleandScratch Mon 14-Apr-14 18:48:10

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


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