Sometimes it's the little tweaks to staple items that make all the difference. A gather to the shoulder to create a puff sleeve, the addition of a pleat to define a waistline, the elongation of a sleeve to create a new silhouette. Some of fashion's coolest garments are those which are simple but have an understated twist. And a testament to this thought is the new split-front trouser trend that seems to be sweeping the style ether.
Split-hem trousers were first seen on the Victoria Beckham catwalk, and since they've become a firm staple in the closets of those whom we aspire to dress like. From minimalists like stylist Sylvie Mus to avant-garde dresser Evangelie Smyrniotaki, the tailored separate is a hit with just about every sartorial subgroup. Not that it's hard to see why.
The subtle flash of skin is a nod to approaching spring, which also acts as a frame to your favourite footwear, be it a pair of statement, jewel-encrusted heels or a pair of utilitarian boots. For day-to-day or after dark, this micro-trend can be worn in a multitude of ways. As such, we've documented the strongest split-front trouser outfits below for you to peruse. Then, proceed to shop our favourite pairs.
Camille takes the French approach by styling her split front trousers with Breton stripes.
Erika makes her tailored trousers look all the more fierce by wearing them with an animal-print hoodie.
Marie takes the off-duty approach with her oversized sweater and slider sandals.
Sylvie proves that the trend transcends to denim, too.
For the ideal dose of '70s styling, wear a pair of kick-flare trousers with a sharp, pointed collar shirt and slouchy blazer, like Lindsey.
Evangelie proves the suit is still a strong after dark contender.
Danielle ensures her outfit looks incredibly luxe by sticking to tonal hues.