Luxury sportswear has become synonymous with modern dressing – but if go-faster stripe fatigue is beginning to set in, move on to the combat trouser. Once the uniform of 1990s icons such as Lisa Lopes, Gwen Stefani and Melanie Blatt, the baggy, pocket-heavy style is back and shaping up to be the staple of the season. That said, these are not the grungy, low-slung trousers of yesteryear: worn high on the waist and with strappy sandals, they can take on a new elegance or, teamed with a crisp beige shirt, they embody contemporary chic. What’s more, they have a pocket for every conceivable eventuality, making them a thoroughly practical investment. Here’s how to wear them now: five outfits to prove they are definitely deserving of wardrobe space.
The quickest way to ensure peak chic is through minimal, tonal dressing – and khaki combat trousers lend themselves well to that enviably effortless style. Wear yours with a beige shirt and caramel accessories (Chloé’s high-shine handbags are particularly appealing) to embrace modern minimalism at its finest.
If you thought combat trousers were reserved for stroppy teens, think again. Rick Owens’ all-white version, worn with a red lip, strappy sandals and a fabulous handbag, make for the ultimate contemporary eveningwear.
The Canadian tuxedo is no longer a novelty: it has officially become an accepted element of the modern wardrobe. But the next step is double khaki, which is easier than it sounds when teamed with gold hoops, patent booties and chunky gold jewellery (we recommend Laura Lombardi’s for suitable weight).
There is no easier way to wear cargo pants this season than with a track shirt, some Cloudbust trainers and a bumbag. Athleisure is here to stay – look to Ambush, Marine Serre and Isabel Marant for the best of this season’s offering.