While I try to avoid speaking in binaries when it comes to personal style, I think it's fair to say that I classify myself as a "trouser person." It's not that I don't embrace dresses in the heat of high summer (my black COS T-shirt dress is a real wardrobe workhorse) or throw on the odd skirt every now and then, but catch me on any given day of the week and chances are I'll be wearing trousers.
Wide-leg, tailored, printed, high-waisted, neutral, colourful—you name it, and I'll have tried it. However, there's one particular trend that has caught my eye for 2021, and that's checked trousers. Forget the corporate sobriety of your grey work pairs because these checks were made for the summer months. They're fun, bright and destined to be the centre of attention. Trust me—these will put a smile on your face.
I currently own an orange-and-blue checked pair by Scandi brand Baum und Pferdgarten, which I wore all winter long with slouchy cardigans and trenches and then right into the summer months with white tees and chunky necklaces (see below). So really, they're a year-round wardrobe hero. They feel polished without being formal and fun without being caricatured.
Some of my favourite iterations for 2021 come in a quirky, whimsical gingham. The most stylish pairs, in my opinion, have wide legs and sit high on the waist for a leg-lengthening finish. However, if the idea of wearing tailored trousers is not appealing to you right now, then there are plenty of adjustable-waist styles, including Blanca Miro's cooler-than-thou brand La Veste, whose gingham drawstring trousers have been spotted on many a stylish Instagram feed. Scroll down to see some checked-trouser inspiration and to shop my favourite pieces.