7 Easy and Chic Ways to Wear Black Trousers

I love the fact that black trousers are getting plenty of airtime this season, and while they’re hardly an item of clothing that could ever be considered “in” or “out,” it’s still gratifying to see fashion folk gravitate towards something that is so definitively timeless. If you find the perfect pair of black trousers, you know that you’ll be wearing them for many, many years to come.

I was recently looking for a more slouchy, wide-leg pair and found my holy grail in Mango, which I swiftly snapped up in the other colours, too. I’ve already lost count of the number of times I’ve worn them. They’ve come with me on holiday, worn with a bikini top and linen shirt. They’ve looked great with a simple white tee. I’ve also paired them with a matching black blazer for dinners. Talk about versatile.

It’s clear that I’m not alone in my love for a black trouser, and you can’t scroll through Instagram without stumbling across a pair, whether it’s a wide-leg style, a split-hem style or a classic straight silhouette. To prove the adaptable powers of this wardrobe staple, I’ve rounded up seven outfits that are centred around black trousers. Scroll down to see how the fashion crowd is wearing their black trousers this season.

What could be more classic than pairing black trousers with a white shirt? Make it a short-sleeve iteration and it’ll feel more current. With the addition of flat shoes, this is a look you can wear anywhere and feel polished. 

I’m into the boxy fit of this style. 

The satin fabrication will dress up or down with ease.

The perfect finishing touch to any minimalist outfit. 

My dream flat shoes. 

Black trousers might be synonymous with workwear style, but you can give them a low-key feel—all you need is a denim shirt, baseball cap, and retro kicks. 

Influencers are wearing this baseball cap on repeat right now. 

This denim shirt is perfectly fitted. 

No need to size up—these trousers are already slouched. 

New Balance continues to dominate the trainer scene this season. 

Give your black trousers a cool-girl hit with the addition of a bra top (so on-trend) and a leather blazer for a going-out look that’ll carry you through until autumn. 

The leather blazer I have my eye on for autumn. 

I get all my bra tops from H&M. 

These also come in an equally versatile sand colour. 

Who wouldn’t want to own vintage Fendi? 

For a classic ensemble, you can’t go wrong with a Breton jumper, black wide-leg trousers and black accessories. This is an outfit that won’t age.

Arket’s cult jumper is back in stock.

Such a great logo belt. 

I love the silhouette of these trousers. 

Dear Frances are masters at creating never-dating boots. 

If you’re looking for an easy evening ensemble, try pairing your favourite black trousers with a nice top and heels. Simple but effective. 

Cutouts are a key top trend.

After years of dainty layering, oversized rings are making a comeback. 

COS always delivers in black trousers. 

Slingbacks are everywhere right now. 

If you prefer a more casual finish, make like Francesca Saffari and style a pair of slouchy black trousers with a puffer jacket. Perfect for that in-between weather we’ll no doubt experience soon. 

Wear with both denim and dresses (and black trousers).

A versatile base layer.

These will go with everything in your wardrobe.

Fashion people have rediscovered their love of Converse high tops this season. 

If you’re into the Y2K aesthetic, why not pair black trousers with chunky flip-flops and a tube top for a glossy way to channel it. 

A tube-top for the modern age. 

I’m never without a chain necklace. 

If you have The Row taste but a high street budget, these are the trousers for you. 

Still, The Row would be lovely, wouldn’t it? 

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