“ Brand: Marks and Spencer / Type: Beach Trousers „
When I'm on holiday in hot weather, I love clothes that give my fair skin some protection but which also feel 'barely there'. Trousers are a great cover-up, but most are just too heavy and restrictive in the heat. So for the past few years I have been buying linen 'beach' pants from Marks & Spencer. The linen mix seems to vary slightly each year, as do certain styling elements and - especially this year - the sizing. I really like these trousers and they have now become a summer wardrobe staple for me.
I don't normally like to buy clothes online, as I prefer to try things on first to make sure that they are comfortable and fit correctly, and when buying trousers I always want to ensure that they are the right length. However, there are a few stores where I can rely on the sizing of a particular garment, and in the past I have found Marks & Spencer to be reliable with their summer beach trousers. I have seen a lot of comments in the online reviews of this year's linen beach trousers that said they are coming up too big. I think last year's might have been the same, because when I bought my trousers - in store - I was amazed and delighted to find that I fitted comfortably into a size 12. I am usually a 14 to 16 for skirts and trousers. Because I am now a bit heavier around the middle than I was last summer, and my size 12s had become uncomfortably snug, I decided to order size 14 when I bought my trousers online a couple of months ago. And it was a good decision, because they were a perfect fit. Now I have found myself glad that this year's drawstring actually functions rather than being just a decorative feature, as I've lost a few pounds since making my purchases and sometimes want to cinch my trousers in a bit. However, I prefer that to them being too snug!
I initially bought two pairs, in my standard preferred colours of black and white, and when they arrived I loved them so much that I promptly bought another two pairs, this time in brown and blue.
Marks & Spencer Pure Linen Drawstring Beach Trousers are from their LoveLinen range. They cost £19.50, and come in sizes 8 to 22. They are also available in Petite (sizes 6 to 18) and Plus (sizes 24, 26 and 28). The main sizing range is available in a wide variety of colours, from the neutrals (Black, White, Stone, Khaki - which I think is more of a dark brown/khaki - and Navy, which is more of a deep indigo/royal blue shade) to brighter shades (Lipstick - a coral pink; Purple; Fuchsia, and Green - a greeny/blue). They come in a range of lengths. The Plus and Petite ranges have a more limited selection of colours. You can buy Petite in White, Khaki and Black; Plus comes in Stone, White, Navy and Black.
These are pull-on trousers, with a wide leg (though not too wide). They have deep pockets on each side, and two little pockets on the reverse. I find them ideal for a holiday in the sun. I also think that they're suitable for normal summer casual wear, but you would certainly not want to consider them for a formal occasion. As with all linen, they crease easily, and I have found that after a couple of day's wear they can look a little baggy around the bottom. However, this might be because I have a very flat bum (I wish I had a very flat tum to match!), so those with rather more generous proportions may find that they don't have this problem. The trousers launder wonderfully well, and regain their shape once they have been washed and ironed.
The white trousers are fairly see-through, and so I prefer to wear neutral-coloured knickers with this pair. Because of this, the care label is in an usual position. Instead of being in the centre of the back waistband, it has been placed in the centre of the front waistband, behind the slightly heavier piece of fabric where a zip would be. When I received my white trousers I initially thought that this was a mistake. However, when I queried it with Marks & Spencer, I was informed that because the white trousers are slightly see-through, the label would have shown through if it was in the normal position. Some of the reviewers on the product page state that they have been disappointed by the thin fabric, but I don't find it a problem.
The back of the waistband is elasticated, with a gentle ribbing, although the front of the trousers are flat. The trousers are 100% flax (linen), but the waistband ribbing is 95% cotton and 5% elastane. The laundry instructions state that they can be washed at 40 degrees, but recommend washing at 30 degrees to save energy. I wash mine at 30 degrees, and have been very happy with that temperature. You should wash the trousers inside out, and iron on the reverse. You should also wash deep colours together. When I first laundered the dark pairs, I was a bit concerned about whether there might be some colour bleeding. Something I do when washing dark colours for the first time is to launder them with an old white handkerchief. If this stays white, then I know the colour is safe. The trousers can be tumble-dried and dry-cleaned, and a warm steam iron is recommended.
I have found these trousers to be a good quality, with a relaxed fit. They are very comfortable, and I found that the Medium leg length was perfect for me. I am 5'6", and like to wear my trousers slightly on the long side. The linen is soft and comfortable. I'm delighted with my chosen four colours, which go with any of the pretty tops in my wardrobe.
The Marks & Spencer product page shows over 270 reviews of these trousers for you to check out, and they have received an overall rating of 4.5 stars out of 5. The trousers rate highly for Quality, Value For Money and Style, but slightly less for the Fit. The reviews are from a wide range of ages, from 24 and under to over 65, and also from a wide range of body shapes.
Marks & Spencer's website has a couple of offers on at the moment. There is an offer of 20% off selected womenswear, which includes these trousers, and Free Standard Delivery when you spend £30 or more. The delivery offer is only for the Jubilee weekend, and is valid from Friday 1st to Tuesday 5th June. It applies to orders shipped via Standard Shipping to a single address, and does not apply to orders placed with 1-Click.
I find these linen trousers ideal for wearing on holiday, with the wide leg keeping me nice and cool. The trousers are stylish, comfortable and flattering, and will help protect my legs from the sun. They are great for wearing during the day, but can also be dressed up for the evening with some jewellery and a pretty top. Although I am really pleased with my new wardrobe of linen beach trousers, I am only giving them four stars because of the sizing issue.
(This review is also on Ciao, under the same user name.)