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By Rhea Cartwright
ockdown has undoubtedly redefined workwear. As boardroom meetings moved into our bedrooms (or wherever we could find the best light), with our laptops precariously positioned on a pile of magazines, our outfits have been scrupulously styled from the waist up.
We renounced ill-fitting polyester trouser suits in favour of elaborate shirts for some satortial gusto which made us look positively put-together on Zoom, what lay beneath hasn’t been given the same TLC. Similarly to shops, gyms, and hairdressers, we deemed the fashion choices of our bottom half non-essential.
But with the world now slowly reopening, a tea-stained pair of grey joggers will not suffice for al fresco meetings and power walks with potential VCs. After a year of loungewear, the very notion of a structured trouser or jeans is reminiscent of modern-day corsetry and the plethora of tie-waist or pull-on trousers proves that comfort is thankfully still key.
We curated our favourite edit of elasticated waist trousers which are smart enough to be worn as business attire but can still fool you into thinking that you're wearing pyjamas.
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You can always rely on COS for effortless blending style with functionality. These linen blend trousers will be a wardrobe staple for both workwear and weekend looks.
Forgo a traditional suit and opt for a jumpsuit instead. We love the puffed sleeves and tie-waist and when worn with smart backless loafers, proves that pink isn't just for Wednesdays.
Not only is the dusted sage hue is flattering for all skin tones, the pull-on style is comfortable but still office appropriate and there's a blazer to match to complete the co-ord.
These seamless trews are essentially leggings masquerading as trousers. High-rise, slim on the waist and a flattering flare for al fresco work meetings.
Available in Ecru and bolder-toned Rust, these trousers have a elongating straight leg fit that is suitable for both work and play.
Available in steel blue, beige and black, these tailored trousers are elasticated at the back for concealed comfort. The extra wide leg feels flattering and fresh for Spring if you prefer a smarter wardrobe.
A 100% silk jogger is the epitome of chic. With flashes of fuschia, pair with the matching shirt or a fine-knit jumper to keep Spring chills at bay.
Also available in a co-ord, these knitted trousers will help you nail smart-casual while looking polished too. Layer with a long, structured coat to sharpen the look further.
Is a jumpsuit essentially just an adult-sized babygrow? This neutral-toned option from & Other Stories is equally appropriate on team strategy days as it will be on rooftop bars.
Wool trousers are the unassuming favourite of many stylish women. Easy to dress up or down, this Arket pair comes in 3 colours and feel surprisingly lightweight.
We rather enjoy this entire H&M ensemble. Well put-together yet comfortable, these incredibly soft trousers are very muted for simple, chic styling.
They say pain is beauty but fashion needn't be. Our edit proves that comfort is key with these elasticated waist trousers
By Rhea Cartwright