In a completely ironic turn of events, elasticated waist trousers are hot fashion news this season. We seem to have spent a lot of time on TWR saying how we do NOT want to slip into the old cliche of elastic waist, beige slacks and nan-cardis as we get older, but we might have to review this. That’s fashion for you.
The images here are from Stills Atelier, which has styled the slouchy trouser look very well. Crucially, it works that very grown up gentlewomanly-styling element into it, matching a simple softly tailored jacket over a loosely fitted, detail-free shirt. Note the lack of pattern, frill or jewels. You don’t want to go all Per Una circa 2009 with this.
My friend Angela works for Stills and was very up-beat about the leather trousers (with elastic waists! I know!) saying the leather is deliciously soft and has been treated to make it very comfortable to wear against the skin. I’m not sure, but I’m warming to the look. There’s a lovely leather shirt too.
I’ll probably end up going for the more predictable slouchy trousers below, which look like they’d be perfect for spring-semi-smart wear. I really love this non-body conscious, easy but glamourously androgynous styling moment we’re going through. It looks so achievable, although I might be deluding myself. What do you think? You ready for elastic waist leather trousers?
Annoyingly, Stills Atelier do not have a selling website, but it’s available from Fenwicks (where it is selling like hot cakes according to Angela) and Harvey Nichols.