Trouser jeans: a trouser cut in denim or denim-like fabric.

Trouser jeans are an absolute wardrobe essential. Their versatile, seasonless and ageless appeal make them an item that almost anyone can wear. They are a fundamental component of smart casual dressing and the perfect chic alternative to regular denim. I have been wearing them for years and I’m constantly on the look out for updates.

Buy them dark to be extra smart because they’ll fade eventually anyway. Blue is best but black is also a good option. Dress them up with fancy heels, or down with fashion sneakers and ballet flats. But be sure to commit to a length when you wear them. Wide-legged pant styles are particularly unflattering when worn too short (you’ll get that leg-widening effect). Your hems need to skim the surface of the ground when you stand so that you can barely see your shoes (creating a leg-slimming effect). 

Your choice is abundant at the moment with the resurgence of wide-legged pants this season. From classic to funky, cuffed to plain, side-pockets or clean, trouser jeans will add the luster that sparks all existing favourites in your wardrobe. Do yourself a favour and try on a few if you haven’t already. I promise that they’ll be a lot more forgiving than skinnies.

Nordstrom Wardrobe Wide Leg Stretch Denim PantsDIESEL® 'Bootik' Trouser JeansClassiques Entier® Denim TrousersArden B. Wide Leg Denim Trousers

Nordstrom                 Diesel               Classiques Entier            Arden B.

Ann Taylor Wide TrouserGAP Old flame trouser jeansAnthropologie ditto pantsOld Navy Women's Wide-Leg Trouser Jeans

Ann Taylor Loft                 Gap               Anthropologie               Old Navy   

Most retailers are selling trouser jeans right now (petites and talls are available too).