Swears by: the best trousers
A few pairs of reliable trousers are an essential part of any capsule wardrobe – get your hands on the styles Mumsnetters love below
Best casual trousers
Hush Long Harem Trousers, £55
Have you ever wished that wearing pyjamas in public was more socially acceptable? With these joggers from Hush, you can enjoy that “watching Netflix in my PJs” feeling all day long, whilst looking like a functioning adult. Comfy enough for lounging at the weekend, but also stylish enough for a lunch out with friends.
“Utterly fab! I have two pairs.”
“I wore Hush harem pants after having my daughter. They're smart, stretchy and very, very comfortable.”Buy now from Hush
Jigsaw Crocus Drape Gathered Trouser, £98
If you don't like baring your legs, even when the weather heats up, these Jigsaw trousers are your new best friend. Available in four neutral wear-with-everything colours, they even have (scream) an elasticated waistband. Plus, the relaxed fit and floaty material make them look like a midi skirt – just without the dreaded thigh chafing.
“I’ve recently bought Crocus flowing trousers from Jigsaw that are really flattering. They’re culottes that I’m currently pulling up pretty high but they’re airy and loose and no thigh rub.”Buy now from Jigsaw
Best work trousers
GAP Bi-Stretch Skinny Ankle Pants, from £17.99
These Next trousers are perennially popular on our Style & Beauty boards and devotees rarely have just one pair. They're 95% cotton, with just enough stretch to ensure they don't lose their shape and you have a choice between regular, tall and petite leg lengths to help you find your perfect pair. Available in classic colours – with a few jazzy patterns thrown in for good measure – they'll become your go-to for the office.
“They are my work trouser of choice”
“I bought several pairs – brilliant for work and smart casual!”Buy now from GAP
ASOS Pull on Tapered Black Trousers, £18
Made from a lightweight jersey crepe, these tapered ASOS trousers deserve a place in your capsule workwear wardrobe. The elasticated, high-rise waist means they're comfy enough to wear all day, whilst still looking smart. Pair them with a slightly cropped blouse for a work look that means business – not bad for less than £20.
“ASOS have some jersey tapered trousers and they are a) ridiculously comfortable and b) actually quite smart without being too much like workwear.”Buy now from ASOS
Dorothy Perkins Split Hem Ankle Grazer Trouser, £20
It's not every day a trouser such as this comes along – formal enough for the office, comfy enough for all day, and available in more colours than you could shake a stick at, for £20 they're an absolute steal.
“I got five pairs in different colours and they are now my work uniform – different pair every day with a different top/blouse/sweater/jacket etc. Has made getting ready in the morning much quicker!”
Also available in tall.Buy now from Dorothy Perkins
Best plus-size trousers
Next Linen Blend Parallel Trousers, £22
Keeping cool in the summer months doesn't have to mean flashing lots of skin – these relaxed-fit trousers from Next are light and breathable, whilst still providing some coverage. Available in six shades, and both tall and petite fits, the linen blend fabric of these trousers mean they don't crease
horribly like 100% linen.
“My summer uniform consists of Next linen trousers in various colours”Buy now from Next
M&S Everywear Slim Leg Trousers, £35
Ideal for work or play – especially if jeans aren't really you – these M&S chinos are available in a range of nine colours and three different leg lengths to help you find your perfect pair. Made from sustainable cotton with a bit of stretch for a comfy, breathable fit – we want a pair in every colour.
“I got two pairs of the Everywear trousers in plum and black. I really like them, they're very flattering.”Buy now M&S
Best petite trousers
ASOS Design Pleat Culotte, £19.50
Culottes are back with a vengeance and, honestly, we're delighted. Forget the monstrosities you had to wear to Brownies, these new and improved culottes from ASOS are extremely flattering thanks to their pleated front and tie detail. Plus, their cropped length makes them perfect for petite ladies.
“I just bought a navy pair from Asos, flat front but with a tie belt. Very flattering.”Buy now from ASOS
Boden Richmond Trousers, from £45.50
Mumsnetters have been fans of the Boden Richmond trousers for years for their classic fit, great quality, and practical pockets. They're re-invented in a new range of colours and patterns every season (so our collection just keeps on growing) and are available in tall and petite fits, as well as full or 7/8 leg lengths.
“I'm short-legged and very curvy…they look great, 7/8 and full length, v forgiving and keep shape after many washes!!”
“I've just discovered boden trousers (Richmond and only £19.50 in clearance) and they're so bloody comfy! And are actually super flattering on my 3 month postpartum bum and chunky legs. And they're so pretty.”Buy now from Boden
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