Our apologies, ladies of 50+ but it is time to start thinking about a spring wardrobe.
And one of the key changes, in fact the game-changer for the S/S16 wardrobe, relates to volume, which means it is all change in the world of trousers.
First for the really good news; you can keep wearing jeans in whatever cut you like best (and if your favourite cut is “skinny” and you like a side order of comfort with your jeans, allow us to introduce you to jeggings. Now for the not-quite-such-good news: the season’s hottest trouser shapes are wide-cut ankle-skimming trousers (including long culottes and paper-bag trousers). In fact, almost any shape trousers you choose – skinny, straight leg, paper-bag or wide leg – require you to expose an ankle (they should be cropped on or just above the ankle for maximum hotness for spring 2016).
The new season’s culottes, by the way, are less divided-skirt; more cropped wide-leg trousers and all the more flattering for that. Print remains high on the trouser agenda, though plain is equally acceptable – often in the eminently practical shades of navy-blue and chino-beige. And while ankle-skimmers are the hot shape, palazzo trousers which fall all the way past the ankle (and therefore less demanding to wear) are also around.
Introduce volume to slim or skinny trousers by layering them under a very long, wide shirt or an over-sized midi or maxi coat. Team wide-leg trousers with a slim tunic, and if you choose the baggy paper-bag option, keep the top half slim and cropped or tucked in.
Footwear is crucial to ensure these wide-leg trousers look current. For spring 2016, team culottes or ankle-skimmers with a point-toe ballerina or a court shoe (with or without a heel), as the essential aesthetic is to show off a lot of naked foot and ankle…
Which trouser look is your favourite? Let us know below!
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