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It’s time for real trousers: stylish alternatives to jeans

It’s time to cast off the joggers and emerge from your style hibernation. We’ve found some comfortable but chic alternatives for those days when denim isn’t doing it for you

Saint and Sofia

We love a bit of leopard print and this is just the right amount – well clear of Barbara Windsor territory, but some much-needed sass. Comes in a choice of leg lengths.


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Where loungewear stops and sports luxe starts is a fine line, but in our book, you’re on the right side of it with these soft and flattering trousers from Hush. Dress them a bright knit or a slogan tee… just not that baggy one that you wear in bed and haven’t taken off since Christmas (or is that just us?)


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Channel Carey Mulligan in The Dig with these cotton twill trousers that have a flattering balloon shape to the leg and pleated waist. We love the button detail on the pockets and would pair these with a simple shirt or white t-shirt. Or go full 1930s with a jaunty headscarf – just careful you don’t end up spilling over into Barbara from The Good Life territory.


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Mint Velvet

These are not the cargo trousers you wore in the 90s. Firstly, they’re satined cupro, which gives a well-worn silk effect, and they didn’t cost £5 from the local market stall. Begone joggers – these are a class above, but just as comfy.


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And Other Stories

Balloon leg not for you? How about a banana leg? These organic cotton trousers also come in black if you’re not brave enough for the white.


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For us, cigarette trousers conjure images of 1950s dames with bright red lipstick and canvas pumps. And now that it looks like we’ll be doing more than taking the bins out, why not give it a go?


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The wide hem on these gorgeous showstoppers is leg lengthening and they’d go fabulously with leather trainers and a denim shirt or slogan tee.


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If cord isn’t a fabric you’ve considered since your mum dressed you, then it’s time to think again. Whistles has jackets, skirts and dungarees in cords (if you really want to relive your younger years). These cords are fitted at the waist and finish at the ankle for a fresh spring look.


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You had me at elasticated waist… and with that print, who cares what you wear on top. Plus, the fabric is cotton poplin which is slightly stiffer so hangs in a more flattering, less cling-to-every-bump way.


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Need a new jumper to match? Try one of these rainbow knits and find more fashion inspo here.

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