Over the last year, I’ve developed a real thing for bold trousers. First came my polka dot jeans, then a rainbow of coloured ones in every shade from pale pink to jade green, and now, I’m attempting florals.
Yes, floral print. On my size 12 thighs. Interesting.
Hey, look at that! They’re actually kinda flattering! Who knew?
I first wore these trousers for a night out in Leeds, and then repeated the outfit for the Company Magazine Style Blogger Awards – see the look here. Paired with a white tee, blazer and nude heels, they make for the perfect casual-night-out-with-friends look – not too dressy but still pretty stylish. For daytime, I paired them with a denim shirt and cream trench for a similarly laidback look.
I must say, I am in LOVE with these trews. Proper, full-on love. Surprisingly, they’re really versatile when paired with simple basics – I’ve worn them with an oversized jumper and flats, a grey marl tee and leather jacket, a white shirt and wedge heels… they’ve become my go-to trousers when I need a bit of a boost. One wrong move, however, and they become instantly hideous, so here are my tips for making floral trousers work…
- If you’re blessed with child-bearing hips (like me), wear a longline jacket in a block colour – the longer length will cover hips and stop at a slimmer part of your leg, drawing the eye down
- Don’t mix florals – despite it being ‘in’ right now, I found mixing two floral prints looked too ‘I’m-mental-me’ and a bit try-hard.
- On top, go for basics in neutral colours, like grey, white and nude. Or if you’re feeling brave, try a classic navy stripe
- Add height! A pair of heels will instantly lengthen and slim your legs
- Size up – I went for a size bigger than my usual in these Zara trousers for a looser, more flattering fit