Black Trousers, by SHM Personal Styling

A faithful pair of black trousers can be relied on for almost all of your sartorial needs.

They can take you from the office, to lunches, to Saturday shopping trips to evening drinkies. And unlike the white shirt which we talked about last month that will grey and look tired over time, a pair of black trousers should last you several seasons. So it’s worth buying a good quality pair that you know will last longer than a handful of wash cycles.

You also need to consider the style or cut of trousers before you make any purchase. Does your body shape suit a straight leg, a Capri pant, a wide leg or a boot cut best? If you’re not sure think ‘Proportions’. Ultimately you are aiming for an equal balance between the top half of your frame and the bottom half of your frame. So if you look in a mirror and you appear to taper in to a cone or you look bottom heavy you may need to rethink your chosen trouser style.

In the ‘modelling’ pictures I’m wearing a great pair of black capri pants from Next at £38. Apologies for the slightly grainy picture quality, I think I must need a better camera – or maybe I just need a better photographer (sorry Mr H!)

For the office:
Wear your pair with a crisp, pretty coloured shirt tucked in to keep the look neat, a string of beads or necklace to add a bit of individuality and teamed with heels for an efficient professional look.


Casual/weekend/shopping look:
Team your troos with a loose fitting v or round neck sweater, cosy it up with a scarf, flat comfy ballet pumps and a denim or leather biker jacket thrown over the top looks chic and stylish but relaxed. Accessorise with a cuff and oversized bag to stuff all your shopping goodies in!

For Evening wear:
Wear your pair with a dressier, evening top or silk shirt, add a statement belt in an animal or brightly coloured print, heels as high as you dare, pop on a fab pair of drop earrings or bling it up with a sparkly choker or ‘collar’ and you’re ready for the wine bar.


The lady who lunches:
A brightly coloured tailored jacket in a style that suits your frame, over the top of a simple T-shirt, teamed with a cute pair of ankle boots and a cocktail ring or cuff and off to your Lunch date you go. Enjoy!


All photo’s courtesy of Jemima and Sean!

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