We saw them last season and they’re going to be back again with a vengeance …..(re)introducing the side stripe trouser.
What I love about side stripe trousers is that they’re not a “shape” of trouser but rather a detail on a trouser. And as well all know, not all shapes suit all figures – but this detail is accessible to all. Plus what a flattering detail it is, effectively narrowing the width of the legs. Double love!
I also think that compared to last season, we’re seeing more textures used in the stripe on the trouser. For example this Gap pair has a satin side stripe (£54). I quite like the style of these trousers which is clearer in the image below…
They are high waisted, pleated and a peg leg but none of those features are too extreme, making them more wearable than some other, similar, styles.
For a smarter look, there’s the Charlbury wide leg striped trouser from Boden (£98). With their red side stripe, they have a little bit of a nod towards a soldiers’ uniform. Although of course anything can be dressed up or down these days, so stick them with some trainers and a t-shirt or crew neck jumper and you have much more of a casual look going on.
Then there’s the side stripe jean from Me & Em (£139). What I like about these jeans is that they come in sizes 24″ to 31″ – which means that they start very small and they don’t miss out any of the sizes in between, which so many brands do. Plus note the kitten heels. If you’ve any lurking at the back of the wardrobe, this is the season to dig them out.
And finally, with a nod to the side stripe trend, there’s the Boden indigo jeans with navy velvet stripe (£60). Again there’s texture in the stripe and this one is a narrower one, for people who prefer something more subtle.
Last winter I had a pair of side stripe trousers from M&S but I can’t see any online at the moment and Oasis also had a pair in the other day but again, they’re not online yet. (Well unless someone else succeeds where I have failed). But I don’t think that it will be long before they’re everywhere. What do you think? Tempted or not and have you seen any great pairs out there recently?