Cast your mind momentarily to black trousers; a wardrobe perennial, a style staple and a timeless hero that’s not often in the spotlight. Here, we pay homage to this sartorial saviour and celebrate the many guises it can take. From smart and sophisticated to laidback luxe, these are the styling directives to follow to ensure that yours go the distance.


Minimalism is key to achieving a polished, menswear-inspired look and the right pair of black trousers will make a strong starting point. To keep things polished and create a sleek silhouette from head to toe, add a blazer that commands attention. The Lavinnia is cut to a razor-sharp double-breasted design and emblazoned with gold-tone buttons that will offset the simplicity of a pair of black trousers beautifully.


There’s no pairing more fool-proof than black and white so to take things back to basics, style the Elia trousers with a cream or white knit like the Austen roll-neck jumper. Teamed with box-fresh trainers, this look is ideal for the weekend and strikes the balance between smart and casual style. Cropped lengths work best, revealing a touch of skin and perfectly framing contrasting sports-inspired footwear. A slouchy backpack or bucket bag will add to the scandi-cool aesthetic.


No capsule wardrobe is complete without a white silk blouse and, when teamed with tailored black trousers, it makes for a polished and ladylike look that works for almost any occasion. Wear yours partially tucked in for the most modern take, adding cut-away heels for an elegant addition – they’ll ensure you master the transition between day and night with ease.


Mastering effortless off-duty dressing is on every fashion-lover’s Bucket List, but this season, think outside the box and stray away from go-to denim. We recommend trying your tailored trousers off duty, adding one of fashion’s favourites – the leather jacket – to give the look an understated edge that’s at once cool, minimal and timeless. Simple separates like a grey or white tee and leather flats will let the flash of biker hardware remain the focus and keep things city ready.


Black makes a fine canvas for a painterly print and the Elias trousers will anchor this season’s Midnight Forest design and prove that there’s no such thing as basic black. By styling a fluid top like the Lia with your go-to black trousers, you’ll achieve a ladylike look that’s a far cry from the go-to dress or skirt options.