16 Slim-Fit Trousers That Are Making Us Rethink Everything This Spring

I’m reluctant to start this by saying something like "It’s true! Skinny trousers are back!" Mainly because we’re keen not to encourage throwaway ‘in’ and ‘out’ attitudes towards our wardrobes here at Who What Wear. Our general mantra is if you love it, wear it (and on repeat). But I also can’t ignore the fact that looser, wide-leg silhouettes have clearly overtaken tighter, slim-fit trousers in the fashion zeitgeist over the last five years. And while the wide-leg trouser obsession continues, I’m here today to talk about how the tides *may* be starting to turn back to those faithful skinnies.


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In truth, slim-fit trousers have never actually gone away. Okay, skinny jeans may have very much taken a back seat in the denim department, but you only need to look at the rise in popularity in leggings outfits to see that the desire for a more streamlined silhouette still exists. In fact, cropped cigarette pants have always been a workwear staple, and they’re a style I’ve started to see more and more on the fashion crowd recently—especially the French. It’s not a coincidence that they pair perfectly with ballet flats and loafers; this season’s most popular shoes. 

My interest in this subject was piqued even more so when, during a recent data deep dive, I noticed Who What Wear readers have been keenly adding slimmer-leg pants to their baskets lately. This set me off on some thorough market research, and I found slim-fit trousers in the new-in sections everywhere from H&M to Toteme. I’m now wholly convinced that there’s something inherently chic about the slimmer-legged style (and you’re talking to a wide-leg disciple), and that there’s a new-wave of slim-fit trouser appreciation coming our way in 2023. 

So, if you’ve always been a skinny trouser fan, or if like me you’re suddenly reconsidering your stance on them, keep scrolling to shop 16 of the best pairs to suit every budget... 

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Emily Dawes
Affiliate Editor

Emily Dawes is the very definition of a fashion multi hyphenate. An editor, stylist and writer with over eleven years’ worth of experience in the industry, Emily is known for her impeccable taste, elegant outfit choices and being able to spot the next big thing in fashion from a mile off. Our readers loyally trust her advice and shopping suggestions; so much so she began her own column documenting the most expensive-looking pieces on the high street, which has become a top-performing piece of content for the Who What Wear brand.

Emily has worked for Who What Wear UK since 2020 in a myriad as roles, spanning from contributing editor and branded content editor. Now, she holds the position of affiliate editor and is responsible for the brand’s overall affiliate strategy, ideation and content execution. Working closely with Who What Wear UK’s affiliate manager, Emily has been instrumental in securing and nourishing brand partnerships, surpassing her goals as standard. Leading the team in tentpole shopping moments including Black Friday and Peak Trading, with Emily’s guidance and leadership, team Who What Wear is in a stronger affiliate position than ever before.

Prior to joining the Who What Wear team, Emily served as YOU Magazine’s acting fashion editor where she managed the fashion team and oversaw all fashion content output for the fast-paced weekly title. Emily is a stylist in her own right, having worked with a slew of VIP clients including writer and television personality, Elizabeth Day, as well as styling and art directing several celebrity cover shoots for glossy print publication, Grazia. Her adept fashion knowledge means brands regularly sought out to work with her as a consultant: previously she has developed marketing and content plans for brands for Cocoon and Edge of Ember. Before entering the industry, Emily obtained a Bachelor of Arts in English and American Studies with International Study from Nottingham University. Fun fact: Emily spent a year studying in America which saw her join a sorority during her time there.

When she’s not working or tracking down the chicest, new-in items to share with our audience, you’ll find Emily bestowing her East London home with her stylish flair, reading everything from the classics to cowboy romance novels and escaping to the country with husband, baby boy and dog, Roo, whenever she can.

Emily is currently on maternity leave.