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black trousers - like jeans but not jeans

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PitchFork Wed 24-Aug-16 13:55:09

impossible quest?

I'm looking for work trousers. basically live in jeans atm because they fit and I can just grab one off the shelf and they fit (gap real straight)

they need to be
- black or dark grey/brown
- jeans size 32/32 (size 14?)
- nice feeling, non plasticky fabric
- not see through!
- with pockets
- not too stretchy
- not too long in the leg (can't wear heels and cba to get them shortened)
- preferably under 50£

would m&s, sainsb be worth a try?

Nearlyadoctor Wed 24-Aug-16 13:59:23

M&S Per Una , sometimes are a good bet. I have a very dark charcoal semi smart jean which I occasionally wear to work ( normally shift dresses),

Nearlyadoctor Wed 24-Aug-16 13:59:56

They also do 3 different lengths

PitchFork Wed 24-Aug-16 14:01:39

thanks, will have a look.

JackandDiane Wed 24-Aug-16 14:02:46

gap
but are stretchy though

RebeccaWithTheGoodHair Wed 24-Aug-16 14:11:08

Mango! Stretchy, comfy, smart and won't break the bank!

PitchFork Wed 24-Aug-16 14:23:36

been to mango, gap and jl this lunch.
jl were the nicest, but much too long (and too expensive if you add shortening the legs)
mango had nothing above size 10.

RebeccaWithTheGoodHair Wed 24-Aug-16 14:27:22

Could you try online for a wider choice than what's in the shops?

ButteredToastAndStrawberryJam Wed 24-Aug-16 14:28:10

I have some Next black type jeans.

Rollerbird Wed 24-Aug-16 17:46:31

Ive got h and m ones

Alisandro Wed 24-Aug-16 17:55:49

I have seen a nice dark trousers in Zara, seems very comfrotable like jeans and suits as formal workwear

Try online shopping, now is sales time you could try to cacth quility trousers for a small price like this
www.reiss.com/p/skinny-cropped-trousers-womens-camron-in-smoke/?category_id=11004 just 35 pounds!!!

www.reiss.com/p/slimleg-trousers-womens-arlo-trouser-in-true-blue/?category_id=11004

www.reiss.com/p/tailored-trousers-womens-salt-trouser-in-blue/?category_id=11004

or whistles
www.whistles.com/women/sale/trousers/ava-slim-leg-trouser-20552.html?dwvar_ava-slim-leg-trouser-20552_color=Black

www.whistles.com/women/sale/trousers/milla-wide-leg-trouser-20691.html?dwvar_milla-wide-leg-trouser-20691_color=Black

www.whistles.com/women/sale/trousers/drew-wide-leg-trouser-20693.html?dwvar_drew-wide-leg-trouser-20693_color=Navy

Justwanttoweeinpeace Wed 24-Aug-16 18:01:23

If you've got the cash, whistles do great black smart casual trousers. You can get away with wearing them anywhere. They do a few cuts, depending on what you fancy.

PitchFork Wed 24-Aug-16 18:09:51

thank you all!

I'm not a fan of online shopping feel guilty for having to send stuff back

JackandDiane Wed 24-Aug-16 18:21:22

why?

Alisandro Wed 24-Aug-16 18:26:06

Don't feel a gulty for sending back - online store put all delivery fee and return in prices=) It is not a charity)

OpenMe Wed 24-Aug-16 18:34:44

www.gap.co.uk/browse/product.do?cid=57403&vid=1&pid=000130046004

My entire working wardrobe is based around these trousers in various colour/prints. You'd have to be really tall for them to be as short as the pics. Ankle length and just right with flat shoes for me.

OpenMe Wed 24-Aug-16 18:35:49

Ps. The stores love it when you shop online. Their overheads are much lower than for the shops, even if you do return things

hollieberrie Wed 24-Aug-16 18:51:20

Seconding gap bi stretch skinny ankle pants. So flattering - I wear them all the time for work - I have navy and black.

YvaineStormhold Wed 24-Aug-16 18:56:41

Thirding the Gap bi-stretch. I bought three pairs last weekend and they're so comfy I'm contemplating going back for more.

BikeRunSki Wed 24-Aug-16 19:02:57

I wear these in a very similar situation

Beesknees1221 Wed 24-Aug-16 19:16:59

Openme, Hollieberrie and Yvainestormhold - the gap bi-stretch look perfect! I have never bought anything from gap, what is the sizing like? Sorry for jumping in on your thread OP blush I have nothing useful to add as I am in the same boat as you..

OpenMe Wed 24-Aug-16 19:24:11

Ah, now I have 2 different prints and I had to buy a 10 (equivalent) in one and a 12 in the other! Gap usually comes up big. Im a narrow waisted 12 with chunky thighs really

OpenMe Wed 24-Aug-16 19:26:15

Actually my top tip for online shopping is to order two sizes of everything. That way you have to send something back so you don't end up keeping things that aren't quite right just because you can't be bothered to return them.

Those Gap ones look nice. I really hate shopping in Gap - it's always so messy, and nothing ever really fits/feels nice, even if nice online or on the hanger. Might have to go in and see if those trousers can change my mind though!

hollieberrie Wed 24-Aug-16 19:42:45

Agree Remus - I hate my local Gap too - it's small and poky and crammed with too much stuff. The big Gap on Regent St. up in London is great though, lovely and spacious, i went at a quiet time and got loads.

BeesKnees - I'd size down a size. I'm a 10 in trousers normally but 8 in Gap (12 in Topshop - grr..)

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