This is embarrassing as I actually own three different styles of this trouser shape to show for the outfit post. Usually, I wouldn’t recommend buying three of the same thing but sometimes: if it ain’t broke and all that.
I first bought a pair of wide leg, cropped, high waisted trousers (which is why I’m using ‘barrel leg trousers’ as an umbrella term!) back in LA about 3 years ago – the now famous Madewell khaki ones, it was almost on a whim, but they have fast become my favourite pair and are so versatile. I wear with trainers and sweatshirts, pretty tops and gladiator sandals, heels and a blouse for the evening, they even make a great holiday trouser too. And whilst everyone is already in full-on summer mode blog-wise, I thought it still important to show you clothes for those inbetween days when the weather isn’t quite ‘there’ yet.
The logo tee
First up, the logo tee is pretty much a base staple for me – but I’ve mixed it up slightly by wearing with heels, I would totally wear this with a denim jacket to meet friends but feel a little smarter with the heel (in the winter, I wore a pair of seventies inspired block heeled boots with these trousers too, which surprisingly, worked! See the post here). I would definitely tuck in most tops to these trousers, as the high waist is the most flattering part of these jeans and helps with the proportions – it’s often good in the summer to show a bit of ankle, yes these trousers are swingy and a weird length – I’d say just own it and use it as a chance to show off your fab shoes, ankle straps and lace-up shoes work particularly well.
Dress them up
I would say that the khaki pair are still the most ‘useful’ in terms of colour, they go with everything: leopard print, bright colours (I love wearing them with red) as well as neutrals and natural fabrics – perfect for summer. Here, I’ve done a dressier look and florals make these somewhat boyish style of trouser feel different – it’s essentially a different take on ‘jeans and a nice top’.
Add a jumper
And an everyday look? I tend to keep my Bella Freud jumper out all year round, as it can be so useful for evenings when the temperature cools, and it can instantly add a touch of effortless cool to jeans/trousers/shorts/skirts. I got this jumper for my 30th birthday and I know I’ll have it forever.
Worn with a basic sandal and leather jacket, it’s such an easy outfit for meetings and seeing friends although I must admit the white jeans aren’t so baby-friendly!
Try them in white
I bought these jeans in New York, I was going to go with black but the girl behind the counter was wearing the white version with a khaki tee and they looked fab so I thought I’d go for it. They are really comfortable and I love how summery they feel, too. I dreaded taking Chris into the store as he isn’t generally an enthusiastic shopper but he even bought a few items himself, which is a testament to the store! Everlane has a great ethos and the store sells great basics, without trying to be anything else which speaks to me. I am definitely not looking at super trend-led items at the moment and it is really paying off with my wardrobe – it was quite easy to pull this shoot together as it’s more stream-lined than ever before.
Barrel leg jeans: I’m a huge fan, clearly, and if you’re savvy about it, they can last through winter, too.