They’re our wardrobe’s go-anywhere staple, but finding a style that flatters can be tricky. Here’s how…
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The key to pulling off this look? Keep your top half fitted to avoid the trousers swamping you and ensure the cut of the waist – whether low-slung or high – flatters your body shape.
Trousers, £59.99, zara.com
Cardigan, £62, baukjen.com
Earrings, £60, shop-daphine.com
Necklace, £159, missoma.com
Sandals, £185, filippa-k.com
Narrow in all the right places, this is the go-to style for looking taller and curvier. To make the silhouette really sing, team with a pretty blouse or a fine knit tucked in.
Trousers, £390, Dorothee Schumacher, mytheresa.com
Blouse, £145, reiss.com
Earrings, £125, aeyde.com
Shoes, £765, manoloblahnik.com
More wearable than you might think, pick out a length that suits you – keep shorts just above or below the knee and culottes more midi – then add a simple T-shirt and trainers.
Shorts, £260, Victoria, Victoria Beckham, mytheresa.com
Jumper, £27.99, zara.com
T-shirt, £17, stories.com
Necklace, £650, and bracelet, £350, deborahblyth.com
This cut looks great with both oversized or fitted shirts and jackets. If going for a cropped straight leg, to keep the proportions flattering avoid pairing with a top that falls too low.
Trousers, £89.95, and blouse, £49.95, massimodutti.com
Earrings, £72, wonther.com
Bangles, £75 for three, shop-daphine.com
Watch, £135, rotarywatches.com
Sandals, £195, aeyde.com
Super comfy, an elasticated waist is a hero detail for many a chic pair of trousers, from smart joggers to silky pyjama-style bottoms. Just add a sleek blazer or shirt to elevate the look.
Joggers, £65, lesgirlslesboys.com
Shirt, £195, yaitte.com
Glasses, £135, finlayandco.com
Earrings, £98,and necklace, £159, missoma.com
Sandals, £525, manoloblahnik.com
A flash of ankle is a chic trouser detail and looks great with a suit jacket or waistcoat. To up the polish, pair with a classic court or barely there heeled sandals. For a more casual feel, try an untucked blouse and trainers.
Trousers, £220, and sleeveless blazer, £370, cefinn.com
Top, £45, cosstores.com
Earrings, £175, motley-london.com
Trainers, £220, yatayatay.com
Styling: Joanne Toolan
Photographs : Eva Schwank
Fashion assistant: Chloe Gallacher
Make-up: Nicky Weir using Diego Dalla Palma
Hair: Alex Szabo at Carol Hayes
Management using Moroccanoil
Model: Alexandra Hochgürtel at Premier Model Management
Production and casting: Lucy Coghlan