Friday, 18 June 2010

SHE wears the trousers.

In the home, the work-place, your local pub; you name the environment the consensus remains; your male counterpart always holds the upper-hand and why? Well, in a nutshell it tracks back to the traditionalist ideals of eras previous; the stay-at-home mother who takes care of domestic duties while the father is out fulfilling his rightful responsibility as the bread-winner. Today though, the roles of males and females are increasingly reversing with the emancipation of women. The fashion industry has followed suit so why not contradict the stereotypes with a good old bit of power dressing this spring.

A real stylish advancement from the fancy leggings, jeggings and treggings that have occupied prize place in any girl’s wardrobe for so long, not that its a bad thing but summer is an appropriate time to debut a refreshing wardrobe update. Introduce yourself to the harem trouser; yes, despite the longevity of the drop crotch pant never looking particularly healthy they were all over the runways for this coming spring and now it looks like the high street have taken a particular fancy to the unconventional pant. Topshop’s collection comes up trumps and presents a palette of neutrals for a real timeless, versatile investment. Pair with a close fitting top or crop to create a small-over-big silhouette; play up the masculine tones with girly accessories such as a hair band or a cutesy locket. This will add a hint of tomboy chic whilst sustaining femininity. The key is to perfect proportions so pair with your biggest heels and cinch in your waist. Not only will this avoid clown-like comparisons but you’ll have the trend nailed down to a t.
The high-waisted trouser is still very much in style. Stay safe with something fitted or go bold with a dramatic coat. ASOS’s range is a must-see; team a pair of staple peg-legs with a crisp-white, mannish shirt and statement platforms; youthful and minimalist modern chic, it creates the perfect girl about town look.
Casual can be done too; a revival of a statement childhood piece, the dungaree makes a comeback this summer, arguably a new take on the boyfriend jean; as a wave of utility reaches the fashion shores. A real ‘love or hate’ item, they do have fashion charm beyond toddler domain especially when worn with a semi-sheer blouse or pretty camisole and neutral heels. But if you want to do the whole country thing, pair with workman boots and an oversized lumberjack shirt – then the only added extra is a stalk of wheatgrass to chew on between in the rolling in the hay.
The statement print trousers, with patterns that could have been made from vintage wallpaper are the real contestants for style leader status this spring. A teaser for younger girls and feminine enough for the new 20ish girl take a look at ASOS for a satisfying fix; team these ditsy print trousers with bold jewellery for a sophisticated evening look.

With so many options, there is no excuse to not conform to this trend; there really is something for everyone. Prove that women really do wear the trousers and bring back girl power this summer.


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