Formal trousers are a wardrobe staple for most women. They are mostly used for work and therefore expected to be worn and washed frequently, making them a piece of clothing worth investing in. If you find a trouser style that fits you well, it is wise to buy more than one pair, possibly selecting different leg shapes to suit different shoes. Trousers often come in classic colours like black or navy, making them so versatile that you can wear them for any occasion.
Fabric quality is very important in trousers as they need to withstand active wear and frequent laundering. Go for a good quality structure, in both light summer and heavier winter fabrics. Most formal trousers are available in synthetic fabrics, but natural materials like 100% wool or cotton provide more comfort and breathability. Choose sustainable options such as organic cotton where possible. These fabrics can also be found blended with synthetics such as (recycled) polyester for increased durability and Lycra for stretch. Look for fabrics with anti-pilling finishes as they help protect against pilling (bobbling) and colour loss over time.
Double the benefit
If you manage to find your favourite trousers, it is worth buying two pairs as trousers tend to wear out much faster than tops. Buying trousers that can be taken up makes them more versatile as they can be altered to suit different styles of shoes. Once your trousers are the correct length, ensure the hems are well secured to prevent fraying.
Classic colours like grey, navy or black are the most versatile colours and not surprisingly the most used in trousers as they suit the widest range of tops, shoes, accessories, and occasions in general. Pastel and bold colours can also be more commonly found in women’s trousers, and these can be paired with dark or white tops from your wardrobe.
Who cares, wins
To help make your trousers last longer, try to maximise the number of wears between washes, and regularly air them. Before the first wash, carefully check the care label and stick to the care instructions. Most wool trousers are likely to be ‘dry clean only’, however, you can also find some that are machine washable. Always wash your trousers inside out, following the recommended wash cycle and temperature.
Ensure you close the zip and fasten the buttons/hooks before placing them in the machine to avoid them snagging other garments. If the trousers are made from wool, remember to follow our tips to prevent moth damage.