Evening trousers never leave their elegant status. The reason? It's the women who pick trousers over a dress for significant moments that perpetuate the legend. These women are inarguably cooler, the tastemakers, the ones quietly on the in. Bianca Jagger and her St Tropez wedding to Mick Jagger? We are still referencing those white suit trousers. Formal trousers have come to symbolize a quiet confidence, an air of seductive power. The femme fatale of the Helmut Newton variety. Dressing up is often a transformation not just in textiles, but in character, which is probably why we find it so much fun. Who could you become for your next important event?
The it girl crown
The occurrence of dressed up trousers or jumpsuits to red carpet events has been significantly on the rise. A nice example of the trend is English model and style notable Edie Campbell, who often opts for tailored trousers and suits for events (and always secures the ‘it girl of the evening’ crown). We love the masculine white suit by Hillier Bartley or the top-to-toe sequin suit by Burberry that Edie wears so effortlessly. Tom Ford’s brand is inseparable from the suit. Mr Ford the man himself, in his perfect-to-the-last-detail tuxedo, his men’s empire built on the back of well-cut trousers and sharp jackets and now the very person to speak to if a pair of women’s black trousers is in order. His unique appreciation of the female form is really only understood when you try on his pants. They’re always sexy, but in the same way his long-time fan Julianne Moore does sexy, understated, chic and mysterious. Stella McCartney has also built a lovingly referred to empire from her suiting. Stella creates relaxed silhouettes that suit, pun intended, the lifestyle of the women who wear them. A big fan of navy blue, weighted slinky weaves and soft fibres, her design talent transforms your work trousers into party trousers with just the mere change of shoes, which realistically, is often how event dressing is done (in office bathrooms, or the back of taxis).
Evening trousers can take on multiple guises; the classic straight leg high-waist tuxedo trouser, in either black or white, silk trousers that billow at the ankle or fall delicately from the hip, velvet trousers cut slim to the thigh, or trousers embellished with anything from pearls, to droplets of glass, to masses of sequins. There is then a new world of elaborately draped or structurally incredible favourites, like the pants masterfully tailored by Rosie Assoulin or Valentino. The pant depends not only on the event that it's destined for but also how flexible its uses are required. A velvet pyjama style pant from Valentino could work for late night suppers in romantic French bistros as couth as they would for champagne soaked events. Cashmere trousers cut perfectly to your shape can cross almost all aspects of your life, except maybe the beach.
What goes up must come down
What comes in, will also go out. Evening trousers are subject to trends as much as their casual relatives, but we find it often has more to do with what goes on top, than radical changes to the bottom. Every season sees an outstanding change, a key piece that throws the curveball, but the classics remain the same. For some seasons consecutively we have seen midriffs changing the overall look of formal trousers, injecting a youthful sexiness much like the poster girls who made the trend popular, Gigi Hadid and Kendall Jenner.
Running parallel (and a little more comfortably) is soft fabrics in rich hues, or wallpaper prints, mimicking the Milanese on holiday, lake Como style. Style icons to look towards for this trend, are the women from LA DoubleJ or anytime Giovanna Battaglia is on a boat, which since marrying her Swedish beau Oscar Englebert, appears to be all the time. So whether it's about stealing the limelight at your next party in your classic pair of tuxedo pants or just simply keeping it chic at work (with cocktail hour looming) we can assume that our selection within the category of snazzy trousers, will more than satisfy.