“I will never, NEVER, wear high waisted trousers! NEVER!!”
I distinctly remember saying this to my Mum one day, around the tender teenage years, whilst watching Britney Spears gyrating on TV in jeans so low slung she must have needed a bikini wax to wear them. My mother was not enamoured with the style, which is what prompted this bold statement from me, because as a precocious teen I naively thought I’d always have tiny hips and a washboard stomach, and the thought of covering them up with ‘grown up’ jeans was frankly ghastly.
Back then, only boot cut jeans would do. Straight leg jeans were too mumsy, and skinny jeans weren’t a thing yet, though of course skinnies not long after became the jeans of choice. So much so, in fact, that they were almost the only acceptable style out there (if you were in any way style conscious) and for the longest time it was kind of tricky to find anything else, which I can’t help but think is a shame. Don’t get me wrong – I love my skinnies, especially now since the world of fabric has moved on and I can buy ones that actually fit and don’t go baggy in the knee! But I’ve still always harboured a love for a classic wide leg, and I’m thrilled to see that they appear to be creeping back into high street stores again.
With my hips being the widest point of my body these days, I have always found a wider leg more flattering. Not just that, there is just something about this shape that looks smarter somehow. Well, at least it does now that I’ve learnt how to buy the right length so they don’t drag in the rain, anyway….. And as for high waists? Well, why wouldn’t you want to wear jeans that kept that tum under control I ask you?? Sorry 15 year old me…
What’s your favourite trouser style?