Three ways to wear: barrel leg trousers

T-shirt: Mango (from last year but you can buy similar from M&S here). Trousers: £65, And Other Stories. Shoes: $145, Everlane (part of a paid project I completed a few months ago). Photographs: Eva K Salvi.

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.

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.

Top: Sezane (from last year, gifted). Trousers: Madewell (3 years old but buy similar here). Shoes: Topshop (about 3 years old). Bag: LK Bennett (gifted, from last summer).

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’.

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!

Jeans: $68, Everlane. Leather jacket:£299, Jigsaw (this is 4 years old but you can still buy this style here). Jumper: Bella Freud (6 years old but you can buy it here). Sandals: And Other Stories (from last summer). Bag: Etsy (from 2 years ago). Sunglasses: Mango (from last year).

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. I love how summery they feel and these are really comfortable, too. I dreaded taking Chris into store as he isn’t generally an enthusiastic shopper but he even bought a few items himself, which is a testament to the store! I really love Everlane’s 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.

Jeans: $68, Everlane. Sandals: And Other Stories (from last summer). Bag: Etsy (from 2 years ago).

Barrel leg jeans: I’m a huge fan, clearly, and if you’re savvy about it, they can last through winter, too.


  1. Inspired by your khaki ones, I now own some from from H&M and also picked up an off white denim pair from there in the sale too which were online for 10 euros! Both high waisted. Can see me wearing them all summer and beyond especially (as you point out) they work with sneakers, flip-flops, sandals and heels etc. Nice to try something new. Hope Everlane open a store in Europe soon……..

  2. Hello again Alex,
    Bought a pair of very stylish navy tailored culottes today, no doubt on the back of this posting. They are definitely out of my comfort zone but looking forward to wearing them. I like to think I have nice ankles. Not sure how to style them in the cooler months though (matching tights;
    which shoes……?). Your comment re having a little more weight after the baby is such a positive and healthy attitude. x

  3. I love how you style these for multiple occasions while keeping your own signature look. I love these fashion posts. You look great!

  4. Thank you for such a great post and all the links. It’s very timely as I was looking for a summer alternative to jeans (which I find too restrictive in the heat).
    I was taken with the look of your Madewell trousers so clicked on the link to look at sizing. Did you know that the petite version is almost £30 more expensive than the ‘regular’ and ‘tall’ versions? There’s less fabric needed for the petite version so how can Madewell justify charging more?? A case of short person discrimination if ever there was one ; )
    At only 5ft 1inch I can say that Madewell has come up short (yes, the pun is intended) in my estimations as an inclusive / diverse brand.
    Great post regardless! Thank you x

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