A year at home has seen spikes in sales of jogging bottoms and loungewear with elastic waists. However, we have noticed that many are returning to proper trousers in an effort to leave “lockdown dressing” behind them. One of the key trends from the spring/summer 2021 collections was a more relaxed take on tailoring, with suit trousers reworked with loose silhouettes and comfortable fabrics. Designers like The Row and Louis Vuitton brought us suit trousers with slouchy, tailored fits, wide legs and high waistlines, typically cinched with a classic leather belt. It’s a runway trend that quickly resonated with shoppers, as Moda Operandi notes in its Trunkshow report that “each of our top 10 best-selling pants for S/S 21 matched the casual, comfortable, wide-leg style, reminding us once again that comfort and style are not mutually exclusive.”
Numerous designers have played with this trouser shape. However, that isn’t the only alternative to jogging bottoms, jeans and leggings being presented to us for spring and summer. We also love the elevated knitted trousers (preferably in cream or lighter hues), the return of khaki trousers (very Rachel Green) and the black trousers that are dominating new-in sections right now. We are all about having the classic building blocks in your wardrobe here at Who What Wear, such as a great pair of black trousers or suit bottoms, so it’s worth paying attention to the gaps in your wardrobe when it comes to staple pieces.
This spring, brands are also offering a more joyful approach to getting dressed, playing with bright colours and joyful prints, which is not only reflected in dress trends. Bright pink is the colour of 2021, so if you’re looking for something to make a statement, you’ll find lots of vibrant pink trousers.
Keep scrolling to see the nine trouser trends we really love for 2021 and beyond.
Next up, See our guide to the key trends for spring/summer 2021.