Dresses out, trousers in

I think it’s time to pack away the skirts and dresses and get the trousers out. For once, this is not due to the weather. It’s due to boredom. I remember when dresses first hit the mainstream, they automatically turned into a no brainer, super easy peasy outfit choice. No more thinking about top AND bottom, it was revolutionary. But now, a few seasons on I’m starting to get a little bored of them. Skirts are also getting a bit yawnsome too. Every second people I pass on the street is wearing a maxi dress or floral skirt.

I’ve been turning to trousers more and more these days, I pretty much live in my Topshop military harems. They’re perfect for dressing down with a slouchy oversize cardi for work as well as dressing up with lace top and killer heels for a night out. Here are my top picks to tempt you into trousers:

New Look zip harems – £25. These babys will take you from work to a bar in a jiffy. Chuck on some heels, add some accessories and you’ll be good to go. They’ll also be perfect for the military trend this Autumn. 

Warehouse paperbag waist harems – £45. These exude grown up glamour. I would team with pale colours and carry nudes into Autumn. The tie waist is begging to be tied into a pretty bow. 

Pa:nuu slouch velvet track pants – £45. Velvet and texture will be huge next season so get in early with these bad boys. They look mega comfy but can easily be dressed up as they’re velvet. 

J Brand Houlihan cargo pants – £245. I love the high waist and roll up. Like the New Look harems, these will be absolutely perfect for the military look, as well as a few embellishments. 

McQ by Alexander McQueen digital print harems – £110. Utterly stunning! Printed trousers aren’t to everyone’s taste but if you’re brave enough they will look gorgeous on. 

Reena Rai

Reena Rai is a 30-something London-based fashion, travel and lifestyle blogger. She has been blogging for 10 years (!), previously at fashiondaydreams.com before launching her self-titled blog.



  1. Reyna♥
    August 11, 2010 / 7:17 pm

    Love the cargo pants (:

  2. fashiononthecouch
    August 11, 2010 / 8:32 pm

    I really am gonna have to get me some of those J Brand Houlihan cargo pants!!www.twitter.com/styleonthecouchwww.fashiononthecouch.blogpost.com

  3. kerry, a fashion lover
    August 11, 2010 / 8:46 pm

    great post! such a good point, the tide is def turning, trousers are back!!! love kerryxxxhttp://alittlefashionromance.blogspot.com

  4. MyStyle
    August 11, 2010 / 9:05 pm

    Hi my dear-fabulus picks, my faves are the MCQs they are so hot and stylish!!

  5. WendyB
    August 11, 2010 / 9:46 pm

    I feel like those Houlihans have a very low waist…maybe I'm wearing the wrong size!

  6. Jana and Vanessa
    August 11, 2010 / 9:48 pm

    Nice stuff!All the best for youMidnight Couture Girls

  7. Couture Carrie
    August 11, 2010 / 10:55 pm

    Fabulous selections, darling!I am loving harem pants right now!xoxox,CC

  8. Join the Gossip
    August 12, 2010 / 1:52 am

    Haha you'd hate it in LA then, most of us wear jeans…all the time. Unless you work in a sophisticated LA office and need to dress up.

  9. Juliet
    August 12, 2010 / 8:38 am

    I never stopped wearing pants -with this cold climate there's no choice -literally.juliet xxx

  10. Clazzerati
    August 12, 2010 / 10:34 am

    After a summer of skirts i'm really looking forward to an autumn full of beautiful trousers. I love jeans but i'm looking forward to seeing this more sophisticated look reflected on the high street.x

  11. Style Eyes
    August 12, 2010 / 11:20 am

    I know what you mean about maxi dresses, I don't like wearing the same as everyone else.I just can't wear harem pants as they look awful on me. I love the J Brand Houlihan cargo pants though.

  12. StyleNonsense
    August 12, 2010 / 5:20 pm

    I Haven't Worn a Skirt For A Few Weeks Now, It's So Heartbreaking.Following Your Blog!StyleNonsense.blogspot.com

  13. Rebecca Lau
    August 12, 2010 / 8:49 pm

    i have to agree with you, everyone in the high street is wearing floral skirts, this trend is too boring now, love the choices of harem trousers you have picked out x

  14. Devon
    August 12, 2010 / 11:01 pm

    Great post Reena! x

  15. minnja
    August 13, 2010 / 7:04 am

    oh fabulous LOVE & HUGSminnjahttp://minnja.blogspot.com/

  16. Adiel
    August 16, 2010 / 5:43 am

    It's funny, I couldn't really remember a time before dresses–until I read this. ;)I truly love dresses though; I find them more comfortable than pants. However, I too find myself getting bored with dresses and wearing pants more often. Great post!P.S. Thanks for the comment on my blog!

  17. Anonymous
    February 1, 2011 / 8:56 am

    Nooo! I love skirts and dresses! Please don't let them fall out of fashion,, in favour of trousers. By bum is too big!

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