Casual trousers have very little to do with golf courses in Florida. Understandably you may have been confused when chino pants made an appearance closer to Rue Saint Honore than bunkers or driving ranges. Khaki trousers that are comfortable, breathable and could handle a sporadic run? Doesn’t sound very Wintour-approved does it? Ah, but how wrong our harsh judgements can be! Fashion and its refreshing directional change has included such favourites as comfortable sneakers instead of heels, messy buns instead of blowdrys, sweatshirts instead of silk blouses? Has the world gone mad or is this our big moment of clarity?
Today we argue the latter, with valid reasoning and practical styling. We intend to familiarize you with the rules of casual trousers (guess what there isn’t any) and get you inspired for Sundays that land on Wednesdays. Modern life, one that involves Uber, babysitters, and less-than-perfect eyeliner applications, is a complicated one. It may start with one intention and end very differently. Its busy modern life, completely, absurdly busy. We are not even talking about those over-achieving friends that manage to be CEOs and bake gluten free granola bars. Doing very little is now hectic. Relaxing holidays take six months of late night research. How do we react?
The important thing to note is that we haven’t given up on ourselves, we simply changed the rules to fit the lifestyle. Sweatpants can be worn for dates, with tailored blazers, heels and a top you wore to yoga that morning - a clear indicator that sweatpants for women have come a long way. If you don't believe us, check out the Lanvin variety, we’re sure you’ll change your opinion. Cargo pants can be worn to mid-week social events, with sequined jackets and the Aquazzura sandals you packed in your handbag. Haider Ackermann will not lead you astray. Flexibility is a symbol of sophistication, the new formal, informal. So how does this work practically speaking? Finding pieces that flatter, that work like a jigsaw puzzle around not only your body, but amongst each other. This doesn’t mean shopping like a butler, if anything quite the opposite. Flexible styling is a balance between confidence and good shoes. Cashmere track pants could be worn straight from the plane to a meeting, with a sharp tailored jacket, some jewellery and any shoe by Gianvito Rossi. That doesn’t mean that curling up on the sofa, in those very same cashmere women’s track pants will be any less delightful.
Find one colour that you love and buy it across a few key pieces. Have cotton trousers that fit you well and adapt to multiple climates. A well-tailored pair of ladies casual trousers can be worn with anything from bodysuits, to basic tee-shirts to more dressed up silk blouses. We recommend high-waisted varieties as they are often simpler to dress-up.
Leaders of their field
Gwyneth Paltrow could never be accused of looking unpolished, or inappropriately dressed. We can't forget that as well as being a movie star, she runs a lifestyle empire, is a busy mother, travels, appreciates a daily workout and no doubt has a hectic social calendar. Even if you count Valentino as a great friend, it doesn’t mean you have someone dressing you for the school run! We love how Gwyneth does casual by mixing blazers with soft basics and natural makeup. Two brands who are responsible for our most multifunctional outfits are J Brand and Polo Ralph Lauren. J Brand, who accounts for actually quite a bit of what we wear (denim, obviously), are masters of a flattering fit with minimalist style. From cargo trousers to leather leggings, flexibility really is their field. Ralph Lauren has always been the very symbol of laidback chic and nothing has changed. A soft cotton pair of chinos by Polo Ralph Lauren with tennis shoes and a denim jacket will make you feel like it's the weekend in the middle of a working week. Let’s face it, anything that helps create a mood of serenity, be it a bath, a candle or a pair of casual trousers, is time and money well spent.