The miracle “bottom shrinking” trousers from Whistles

I wanted to tell you about the Ella Panel Trousers from Whistles (reduced to £40 from £85) because they were a bit of find. There’s nothing unusual about them really – navy blue, biker style with detailing at the knees and zips at the ankles. However they do make a good alternative to jeans and what I really like about them is the panelling on them. They have a decent rise on them too which is never a bad thing.

In simple terms, the panelling makes the hips/bottom look narrower than they are – which is great, particularly if you spend a lot of time walking into rooms backwards. As to the magical bottom shrinking capabilities of these trousers, the reason for it (I did have a photograph taken of myself in the trousers to demonstrate the point but it was so horrific that I quickly removed myself from the photograph) is that there are fairly wide, but subtle, panels up the sides of the trousers. These go around to the back of the trouser so that, as shown in the picture below, the distance (in width) from the back mid-line of the trouser, to the outside seam, is much less than usual (probably by a couple of inches on each side) making the hips look narrower. It’s a bit hard to explain but hopefully you’ll get the idea.

If like me you like a half way trouser – not too smart but smarter than jeans – these are definitely worth taking a look at. As to the photos – personally I like the blurred look, it’s so much softer than HD – but it wasn’t intentional – just a five year old with a wobbly hand! I’m also wearing my current favourite Topshop pale blue jumper, a French Connection printed scarf and Zara boots.


  1. Anonymous
    November 11, 2013 / 10:57 pm

    Hi, are the trousers still in stock, only I can't see them on the site?

  2. StyleGuile
    November 12, 2013 / 12:02 pm

    Hi, they were when I wrote the post as I used the links from the site for them. Let me just check….

  3. StyleGuile
    November 12, 2013 / 12:07 pm

    Just checked and the size 8 are still available on the site (search under "Ella Panel") and they will come up. If they're not the right size, you can email customer services, who are brilliant at locating things in store for you, at, or call them on 0845 899 1222. Good luck!

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