Possibly the perfect alternative to jeans, a toasty roll neck jumper from Boden and some bargain Whistles boots

So what is it that makes jeans so wearable? Well to start off with, the right pair can make a real difference to the length of one’s legs and the size of one’s bottom. Not only that but with a bit of stretch they can be very comfortable, they go with everything and they can be worn pretty much anywhere. So why would we need anything else when it comes to trousers? Well the answer is that we don’t really, not unless there’s a smarter work or formal event that requires them.  Sometimes though even I fancy a change from jeans and I think that I’ve found them in these crepe tapered trousers that I bought from Jigsaw at the end of the summer.

I had worn them once or so and for some reason I had it in mind that they were a bit scratchy but actually they’re not at all. Crepe is a lovely fabric – easy to move around in and not at all constricting – a very important consideration when I need to spend a lot of time in front of the washing machine, as I do today, nor is it bulky so it’s a flattering fabric to wear.  I can’t believe that I’m advocating an elasticated waist band I must admit that I am – it’s super comfortable and I like the fact that it means that they can sit either higher, or a bit lower (not quite of the MC Hammer proportions but getting there) on the waist depending on how you feel/the height of your heels/the occasion you’re wearing them for. These trousers can either be dressed down with trainers, or up with heels, so they’re pretty versatile too.

As for a couple of options for crepe trousers, there’s these sporty crepe trousers Whistles (£120) – wish they were in the sale so sorry about the price! There should be a Grazia offer in February so it may be worth holding out for that if they appeal.

Or these crepe trousers are on sale at Me & Em reduced to £30 from £148 but they are only available in a size 12 – sorry can’t do much about that either!

Jigsaw have these tapered leg crepe trousers for £110. I’m not sure if it’s the height of the model but they look slightly shorter in the leg which is fine but it can make them a little less versatile.

And finally Cos have these tapered crepe trousers for £59. They don’t have an elasticated waist band but the close up shots on the site do make them look an attractive option.

Now I must admit that despite the trousers being an existing wardrobe item, the toasty roll neck jumper from Boden (£48.30) is a new addition. My only other roll neck – which is what I like at this time of year – is a navy Cos one which is slightly short in the body and also on my gorilla like arms. And anyway if Mr SG will insist on making me go skiing, he’s got to expect that one or two new jumpers will be purchased. When I first opened it I wasn’t sure that it was as chunky as I was hoping for but having worn it for several hours, I’m finding it pretty warm.

And finally, I bought these Grace high ankle boots from Whistles (reduced from £185 to £55) in Selfridges last week. Some Christmas money that I had squirrelled away came in very handy for these brilliantly priced boots. I can’t see them online any more but there may well be some lurking in the stores.

Now I’ve discovered that my scratchy trousers aren’t in fact scratchy at all, I’m going to wear them lots and lots. Now there’s an idea. Anything that you own that you think is a bit stiff, scratchy, tight or not quite right, how about digging it out and giving it another go? You never know you might just discover a wardrobe hero. If not, it’s time to get rid!



  1. Images Animated Gif
    January 24, 2015 / 3:03 pm

    Wonderful weekend!Images Animated Gif

  2. GlamRosie
    January 25, 2015 / 8:36 am

    Whistles sale is amazing isn't it, fab find Beth x

    • StyleGuile
      January 25, 2015 / 9:01 pm

      Hi Natalie how are you my lovely! Yes, they were a good find – sometimes it's just about being in the right place at the right time isn't it?!

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