For a good decade or so back there, it seemed like jeans had killed off trousers. The black trouser was replaced by the dark skinny jean, which became the go-with-anything staple of dressing. White jeans were the summer’s go-to outfit and palazzo pants and chinos went extinct. Different silhouettes of denim – low-rise, high-waisted and mom-or-dad jeans, balloon-leg, carrot-shape or balloon-leg – were used to define our outfits. Trousers lost their charm somewhere along the way. These were the pants you wore to work if you didn’t feel like wearing something more stylish, such as a dress.
But after a year of sweatpants, trousers are back. Jeans are too stiff with their metal buttons, rigid waistbands and stiff denim. After you’ve acclimatized to jersey and drawstring, they can be a real shock to your system. It’s like changing from a tracksuit into jeans. The office dress code is a strange, almost exotic, look that many people don’t like. But I think we should definitely give a try to new designs!