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beeyourself Mon 11-Feb-19 22:43:32

I need some more work trousers but struggle to find the right ones. I'm a s18-20 but have a huge stomach so fitted trousers don't work for me (if I size up they look ridiculous everywhere else).

What I've had before are thick, fitted jersey trousers that still look smart but have some "give" in them. But obviously I can't find any now that I need them.

Anyone seen any that fit the description? Pockets would be a bonus!

ATowelAndAPotato Mon 11-Feb-19 22:49:13

I have recently bought these (no pockets, sadly) as I’m doing a lot of travelling for work and need something that’s comfy enough to sit on a train for a few hours, and still look smart at the other end. I think they look better on that the photos, IYSWIM

beeyourself Mon 11-Feb-19 23:07:40

Thanks! The only thing that puts me off is the polyester - are they breathable?

ATowelAndAPotato Tue 12-Feb-19 06:30:53

I don’t find them too bad, but I don’t wear them every day. It’s hard to find something with “give” that still looks smart sad

Mmmhmmokdear Tue 12-Feb-19 06:45:25

I've got some ponte treggings from ASDA. They do all the colours, black, navy and a kind of dark grey check pattern. The black ones have zip pockets.

CadburysTastesVileNow Tue 12-Feb-19 06:48:45

Hampshire ponte trousers from Boden are good. And have pockets!

CadburysTastesVileNow Tue 12-Feb-19 06:49:14

I think they come in a variety of lengths and leg shapes. I have the straight, full length ones

justanotherusernameyay Tue 12-Feb-19 06:49:29

I found some really nice ones from M&S. It was one of their big stores

ATailofTwoKitties Tue 12-Feb-19 06:53:31

Try googling Landsend Starfish trousers (can’t link from phone).

happystory Tue 12-Feb-19 06:58:44

Black ponte trousers from Wallis for me. These are the holy grail, I agree, I work with children but have to be smart casual. It wasn't until I discovered 'ponte' was what I should be searching before they I found them!

Annabk Tue 12-Feb-19 09:08:58

I recently bought a pair of these in H&M and they were so perfect I ordered 3 more on the website
They are ankle length so look good with brogues.

auberginesrus Tue 12-Feb-19 12:32:54

Similar size and shape to you OP, I've just bought some stretchy tweedy ones from Sainsbury's (sadly no pockets but only £16), and have some great ones from Uniqlo which do have pockets and look v smart. Will see if I can find links.

auberginesrus Tue 12-Feb-19 12:36:56

These Discuss ones (belt comes off and they look fine under a longer top)

auberginesrus Tue 12-Feb-19 12:41:46

Sorry that should say Sainsbury's ^ (preview not working on my phone). Here are the Uniqlo ones, mine are XXL. I'll probably but done more in another colour as the fabric is lovely

StarlightLady Tue 12-Feb-19 16:26:32

Generally cotton is not stretchy, so you have a choice of polyester, lycra, nylon or non stretch.

beeyourself Tue 12-Feb-19 19:12:32

Thanks all - some great options to try! I love the look of the Boden ones - typically the most expensive...

HisBetterHalf Wed 13-Feb-19 20:40:35

The Boden are really comfortable

HaventGotAllDay Thu 14-Feb-19 06:16:56

I had a long conversation once about Boden Hampshire v Boden Richmond (my life is that thrilling!!) with a lovely Boden customer service person and (can't remember why) opted for Richmonds. Love them for work, though they do bag at the knee after a day.
I am in the same boat OP and have been looking at Jigsaw trousers which I might try.
Next have what look like good semi smart work trousers and I ordered about 4 different kinds. Should have reminded myself that Next looks good in a photo, not bad in a shop, then you put it on and it's like wearing cardboard. Hideous things, all went back.

caesio Thu 14-Feb-19 06:29:56

I bought these Ponte trousers from M&S last week that look like smart trousers but feel like leggings. And only £15. No pockets tho.

Can't comment on how they wash/wear as only just got them.

PirateWeasel Thu 14-Feb-19 06:58:44

OMG so glad I found this thread! Have been looking for elasticated waist SMART trousers that won't make me look 82 for aaaages!

KatharinaRosalie Thu 14-Feb-19 08:51:14

Those are more pricey, but I have several pairs. Super smart, wash beautifully and have not lost shape at all even after heavy wear. As comfy as yoga pants - I often wear them for travelling when I need to go straight from an overnight flight to office.

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