Trousers have always been a key component in our wardrobes, but the sheer volume of trends that have centred around them of late is hard to ignore. For years, dresses sat atop of the fashion hierarchy, with many iterations—Tove’s Ceres, Norma Kamali’s Diana, and basically anything from Cecilie Bahnsen—becoming cult items in their own right, either selling out or becoming such a rarity on the market they were akin to long-lost treasure. But trousers? Seldom did they ever kick up as much of a fuss. That is, prior to 2022, which will forever been known in fashion circles as the year of the trouser.
Between wide-leg and puddle to a newfound appreciation for leggings, this year has been all about the trouser in its many guises, and I have a feeling 2023 will follow a very similar thread. You need only scroll through Instagram to see the impact trousers are having on our outfits. My own shopping habits have changed, too. I’d ordinarily never seek out the trouser category, be it on Mango or Net-a-Porter, but now, it’s my first port of call. I’ve spent hours thinking about The Frankie Shop’s Maesa cargoes and travelled 60 miles to try on COS’s selection of tailoring, such is my obsession. So on the cusp of a new season, I thought it would be handy to decode the trouser trends for 2023, of which there are seven of serious note. Scroll on to see them.
This story was published at an earlier time and has since been updated.
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