What to Wear: Colour block trousers

I’m really excited to share today’s outfit – when the weather turned colder last weekend I needed to bring my winter coat out of hibernation but after submerging myself in spring/summer trends I was craving colour, not wintery darker shades. the Reiss trousers throughout this post were a sale purchase – I always try to shop smart in the sales and I had an inkling these would work right through to the summer ahead. I’ve been desperate to get them out since, so decided they could work with my winter coat.

I actually bought this pale swing coat from Reiss in the sale last year but haven’t worn it much for fear of getting it dirty – I’m finally feeling less precious/more sensible about it now! It’s very warm and I love the swing shape to it. Although admittedly better with heels, I wore this shopping and needed flats for walking.

Coat: Reiss

Reason number 2 for loving this outfit? This lipstick. Can we all just take a moment to enjoy its fiery red colour? I’ve been fancying myself an orange toned red (New Years resolution #2 – Experiment more with lipstick) for a while now. I bought this only the day before with the trousers in mind and it is fabulous – it stays on all day too without drying my lips out which is a major feat in my book.

Lipstick: MAC Matte lipstick in ‘Lady Danger’, Earrings: Monica Vinader at Astley Clarke

The ankle length trousers felt quite chic and I couldn’t imagine them with heavy winter shoes so opted for last summers nude ballet flats from Dune.

Leopard spot belt: Banana Republic, Red Trousers: Reiss, Jumper: Warehouse, Ballet Flats: Dune.

I’m seeing a lot of chunky knits paired with more tailored bottom halves this season, like pencil skirts, so I thought the slim tapered trousers would work well with a Warehouse jumper that I love the shape of and lends the wintery edge to the pants.

Bracelet: Odille, Smokey Quartz Cocktail ring from Santorini

I should give a shout out here to Michelle from Pocketful of Dreams. I have her to thank for introducing me to coloured trousers – when she wore a blue pair to my house last season and prompted me to buy some similar jeans. I’m often inspired by women’s style that I see around me so I hope you guys reading gain some inspiration from my outfit posts too.

Let me know if you liked it as always 🙂


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12 thoughts on “What to Wear: Colour block trousers

  1. Love this outfit Rebecca! You’ve inspired me to at least try a pair of colour block trousers on… a although I fear I don’t own enough nude or cream clothes to wear with them. I really fancy electric blue!

    And the lippy deserves its own special mention. Orange toned reds that last aren’t easy to find. I recommend Clinique’s Beech Coral for anyone looking for a work-appropriate orange-red.

    • Anna, I’ve got a pair of skinny electric blue trousers (in fact, I’m wearing them today!) and they are one of my fave purchases of last year. I don’t really have any nude or cream clothes, so I tend to pair them with a slouchy navy jumper , or a slightly billowy-sleeved blouse that’s black with yellow flowers. I’ve also worn them with a turquoise long cardie and a black top, which just about tones it all down and stops it from being too much on the eyes!
      Anyway, this was all to just say – do it! The best thing about them is that they never fail to cheer me up when I’m wearing them – definitely reason enough for a purchase!

  2. Am lovin the bright trousers, and am desperate to embrace this trend… but I just don’t suit trousers and they never fit me properly! Can anyone recommend a shop that could solve my problem {big on the waist, tight on the thighs… I need a suitable shape for curves!}

    Have to say though, I love the Reiss sale… I never fail to pick up a couple of bargains that lend themselves to the next season’s trends!


  3. Rebecca I love this outfit, it’s funny actually as I have almost the exact same pair or red trousers, but mine were from ASOS. I love them for adding a little chic tailoring to my wardrobe, perfect for client meetings but still has that hint of personality moreso than my previous life’s boring workwear. I paired mine with a slinky and sheer cream blouse, a thin leopard belt, tan peeptoe heels, and a beige mac, oh and a beautiful leopard wool scarf my mum gifted me. Wore this outfit to the Luxury Wedding Show last year and had lots of lovely comments, sadly though I lost my scarf that day, oh how I cried. Ha!!

    The red lipstick really suits you too, red is now my staple wardrobe colour, I love it and I’ve always been a nudes/neutrals girl.

  4. Ooh stunning! Definitely want to try this trend but waiting for the weather to get a little warmer before I go for no socks!! It really suits you! I’m going to be embracing trousers this spring/summer as I normally live in jeans and need a change!
    Rachie xo

    • Yes, I noticed the lack of socks. I’ve been wearing two pairs at the same time every day since oct 1st. You’re a braver woman than I, Rebecca!

  5. Love the lipstick look here, I’ve never had the guts to try out something so bold. (I did ask the lady on the Clinique counter to try some on me once and I ended up looking like coco the clown – put me off a bit!) It would be great if you could do a post on ‘bold lippy’ hints and tips sometime!

  6. Love the trousers, wanted a pair for a while but as a curvier lady not too sure how to work them at the mo, hmmm project for next weekend maybe? x

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