Slim-Fit Trousers Are Back—Here Are the 3 Shoes That Work Best With Them

I'm not sure I'm at all happy about the return of slim-fit trousers, but my work as an editor is to bring you the latest fashion news unaffected by my own style likes and dislikes. I admit that I love wide-leg tailored trousers because I'm not partial to showing my legs, but as they have been booming for quite a few years in a row now, I understand exactly why this is happening. It's the natural cycle of fashion, offering up the opposite silhouette as something fresh again. What's different in this era, however, is that it doesn't automatically mean that baggy trousers have to exit the building just because skinnier ones are coming back. In fact, it's all about finding what works for you. If you enjoy wearing puddle pants, then I say hold onto them forever more!

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Emily Dawes in H&M's £23 slim-fit trousers.

Our data backs up the recent rise of slim-fit trousers on the runway. Over one month, 150 pairs of H&M's basic Cigarette Trousers were on their way to our readers. Interest suitably piqued, editor Emily Dawes tried them on and could understand why they were so organically popular—they proved to be an effortless and comfortable take on such a smart wardrobe staple. What's more, they go up to a size 22. It's not as far as we'd like to see that sizing range go, but it's certainly a noticeable step ahead in comparison to many other high-street stores.

If you, like me, still need a little convincing, then I think the starting point to getting back on board with skinny trousers is knowing which shoes look best with them these days. The last time I wore slim-fit trousers was during a "fierce" time of stacked platforms and Balmain-worthy shoulder pads. Things have (fortunately) moved on, and there are some more casual and understated ways you can restyle a pair of lean-cut trousers. Keep scrolling for some outfit inspiration on which shoes to pair with slim-fit trousers.

1. LOW HEELS—ESPECIALLY SLINGBACKS

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There's something about a lower heel that feels a little more Left Bank Parisienne rather than Canary Wharf commuter rush. Not to mention, your feet will be happy to take things down an inch or two!

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2. TRAINERS

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Treat your slim-fit trousers as you might a pair of leggings—just add trainers! A combination of off-duty separates with tailoring can work as a great high-low option for those days when you want to be casual yet smart.

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3. BALLET PUMPS

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Is it a coincidence that ballet pumps and skinny trousers are coming back at the same time? I think not! This is a classic formula that dates way back to midway through last century (not just the noughties), and it still looks just as chic today.

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Hannah Almassi
Editor in Chief

Hannah Almassi is the Editor in Chief of Who What Wear UK. Hannah has been part of the the Who What Wear brand since 2015, when she was headhunted to launch the UK sister site and social channels, implement a localised content strategy and build out the editorial team. She joined following a seven-year tenure at Grazia magazine, where she led front-of-book news, fashion features and shopping specials as fashion news and features editor. With experience in both print and digital across fashion and beauty, Hannah has over 16 years in the field as a journalist, editor, content strategist and brand consultant. Hannah has interviewed industry heavyweights such as designers including Marc Jacobs and Jonathan Anderson through to arbiters of taste including Katie Grand and Anna Dello Russo. A skilled moderator and lecturer specialising in the shift to digital media and e-commerce, Hannah’s opinion and work has been sought by the likes of CNBC, BBC, The Sunday Times Style, The Times, The Telegraph and MatchesFashion.com, among many others. Hannah is often called upon for her take on trends, becoming known as a person with their finger of the pulse of what’s happening in the fashion space for stylish Brits.

Hannah currently resides in Eastbourne with her photographer husband, incredibly busy son and highly Instagrammable cat.