Wednesday, 28 September 2011

Who can wear what Wednesday... Swing Trousers

I had to write this post today as my gorgeous new 1940s style swing trousers arrived from Heyday! Vintage Style. I have treated myself to the grey as I'm not a huge fan of black but wanted a darker. more Autumnal colour.
Aren't they fab?! Although I specialise in dresses, I also like vintage style trousers for very cold and wet days when tights just aren't enough leg coverage. I've had swing trousers before from Heyday and they are just fab as they are so easy to wear, easy to wash and still have that authentic forties edge. Although there are plenty of high waisted, wide leg trousers around at the moment they have too much of a 1970s vibe for me so it had to be something a little more authentic.

The beauty of wide legged trousers is that they suit all kinds of body shapes whether you are more pear shaped and hippy or straight up and down. The trick is to balance your shape at the top (am sounding like Gok again aren't I?!) But it's a really simple and true rule, balance. If you have wider hips then a flared leg will always be good and teaming your wide leg trousers with a cap sleeve shirt will help provide the balance I'm talking about. If you're more straight up and down then make sure the width of the trousers isn't too much giving you hips when you don't actually have any! That's why I favour these trousers in particular as I'm not overly hippy but do have a bit of stomach (3 children!) so I favour the high waist as it keeps everything tucked neatly into place! Wear your wide legs with heels and suddenly you own really long legs- great if you're not leggy and tall to begin with. Heyday trousers come with a turn up and a regular leg length of 31" but do offer a fab alteration service which will ensure a great fit!

This is me in my beige pair of Heyday swing trousers. I'll take some pics of myself in the grey ones soon!

In the meantime, here are some more 1940s style trousers available online and in vintage reproduction shops.
Tara Starlet £60

Vivien of Holloway £38

Lady K Loves £35
River Island £34
Religion £100

Oasis £50

So you can see from the last 3 pics as comparisons with wide legs on the High street, the vintage reproduction prices aren't too bad either! Which are your favourite 1940s style high waist swing trousers?!

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