Style Dilemma – Work Trousers

Last week’s blog on a business wear capsule wardrobe generated lots of views and a few questions which inspired me to start a Style Dilemma service. So if you have a burning question you would like to ask send it in to me and I will endeavor to answer as many as I can.

To get us going here’s what reader Lisa said: “My big problem is trousers for work that are on trend and aren’t too corporate or too casual.” She added that she also has an hourglass shape – lucky lady.

It’s good news for you this season because the catwalks were full of trousers. And trouser suits (very different to the power styles of the ’80s) are huge.

The best styles of trouser for an hourglass shape are flat-fronted, palazzo, flared or drawstring. Because curves need less structure it could be that Lisa feels the style of trousers that suit her look too casual for work. This can easily be remedied though with the right jacket and accessories if they need to be formal. Choose a jacket that is shaped at the waist or shawl collared – again don’t go for anything too stiff. I have added a leather jacket, because this season leather is a huge trend and leathers now are incredibly soft and pliable.

If you are curvy avoid pinstripes and choose a fabric that drapes well like a soft wool or crepe for your trousers. Here are some examples of how to wear a flat front boot leg trouser and a patterned palazzo trouser which worn the right way would work in most offices unless it’s a very formal environment. Patterned trousers are such a big trend at the moment but to make them wearable for work go for a small print and a sober colour – like the navy ones below. By all means go for something brighter if you work in a creative environment where they won’t be frowned on.

For a smart casual option add a cross over jersey top (great again for curvy figures). For a more formal look add a shaped jacket – and just to show their versatility I’ve included an evening look as well.

For the palazzo trouser I’ve formalised the look with a tailored jacket and pearl necklace. But they work equally well with a bright red (a key seasonal colour) jacket and converse for the weekend, or a shimmery top and heels for a party.

If you have a style dilemma drop me an email, or for a more personalised service my new Capsule Wardrobe service is coming soon – let me know if you would like to be kept informed about the launch.

Where to buy:
Navy flat front side zip trouser and
Tote bag by Modalu from House of Fraser
Platform nude shoes by Phase Eight
Red boiled wool jacket by CC at House of Fraser
Navy patent bag by Radley at John Lewis
Re shoes by Somerset at John Lewis
Necklace, Sequin vest top and Gold T-Bar shoes all by Phase Eight.
Spot Palazzo pants by Jaegar
Navy Jacket by Hobbs
Navy tote by Mulberry
John Lewis Murcia suede boot
Red Leather Jacket by Baukjen
Pashmina icon and Tan tote bag icon by Pure Collection
Red Converse from John Lewis
French Connection silver top
Silver clutch by Coast
Navy sparkly shoes by Dune at House of Fraser

1 Comment

  1. September 10, 2012 / 12:06 pm

    Thank you, I will try the palazzo trouser and see how they fit. I do love the navy and red combination. I like the idea of the patterned trousers as an alternative and could see me teaming these with a blazer for the office or dressed up for the evening, as you have shown.