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Every girl needs a pair of standard black trousers in their wardrobe either for work or for general day use. It is also possible to dress these trousers up for a night time look so they really are very versatile. My staple black trousers are from New Look.
The material is non-stretchy and quite thin and I think the material vastly affects the quality of these trousers because I found that after several wears the hem has come down on the trousers making them appear wider than they should at the bottom. As a consequence of this it also added 2 inches to the bottom of the trouser which meant in the rain they became soaked and they ripped as they dragged along the floor.
What I think is a really nice touch is the belt that the trousers come with. The belt is a patent black with a fitted buckle and adds class and design to an otherwise plain pair of trousers. The belt can be removed so it is possible to use is for other outfits which is an advantage.
The trousers have a pleat down the front of the trouser which I find particularly hard to iron into the trouser, other than that the ironing and washing process of the trouser is easy and even after several washes the trousers still look and feel as new.
The price I paid for these trousers was £18 which I think is reasonable for a pair of black trousers however I wouldn't purchase this particular trouser again due to the poor quality. The fitting, however, was a big advantage. I bought them in my regular size and found that they were tailored perfectly, they were a little too long in length initially but I think this is because I'm quite short! They go perfectly with both flat and high heeled shoes so are very versatile.
Overall, the main advantages are the fitting and price of the trousers and the main disadvantages are the quality. I wouldn't recommend these to a friend as you can obtain a pair of black trousers from a number of different retailers which are probably better quality, therefore I award these trousers 2 stars.
I required some new 'work trousers' and I ended up in New Look for 2 reasons: 1) it's opposite my work and 2) I had some vouchers I could spend in there. Being of the taller persuasion (5'11'') I headed to the women's tall section which is where I spied these.
One of my problems at the moment is that the current fashionable style of trousers (and jeans) seems to be that they cling to your legs - even the so called boot cut trousers cling to the tops of your calves, and if you're not skinny this isn't a good look. I'm a size 14/16 on the legs so I wanted something that skimmed all the bumpy bits, clung in as few places as possible and didn't make me look like an elephant.
Some of you may be familiar with New Look's tall section, but for those of you who aren't - it's designed for women of 5'7'' and above. Personally I take a little issue with it as 5'7'' is not tall in this country, it's average and either way the length of their tall trousers on your average 5'7'' woman would have them trailing on the floor. As mentioned I'm 5'11'' and their tall trousers usually just about skim the floor on me (dependant on cut). With these specific trousers in mind, and of course being somewhat dependant on leg length, I would recommend them for women between 5'11 and about 6'2''. The leg length appears to be 36" on these particular trousers.
I still have the trouser tag and I have looked on the website, but I can't find anywhere that describes the exact cut of these trousers so I will attempt to do it myself. I would class them as wide leg, rather than flares/bootcut - they are widely cut all the way down, as opposed widening near the end. As such the only place they cling on the body is at the top of the hips - this is ideal for slightly larger people who want to conceal lumps and bumps, but will still look good on skinnier people.
I find they sit really nicely on my body, with the waist band settling nicely on my hips - they aren't high waisted, but neither do they sit low enough to give you a builders bum when you bend over! Despite a, albeit reluctant, admission that I have a little excess skin, I don't have to worry about muffin top with these trousers as they sit against the skin without cutting in. The belt provided is more decorative than serving any real purpose for keeping the trousers up - I use mine to hang my compact camera case from, however if I didn't do this I would probably remove the belt as it can ride up above the waist band and dig into your back.
The material feels soft and good quality - it doesn't have that cheap, almost glossy sheen to it like some trousers, and feels smooth against your skin, preventing potential skin irritation from rougher materials.
Price wise these are sold at £18, which I feel is more than a fair price for what you get in return. Today I went back and purchased another pair as whenever I find an item of clothing that I really like I'm always disappointed when it finally wears out and I can't purchase an exact replacement!
Overall I would thoroughly recommend these trousers - they're smart, but can be dressed up or down as appropriate. They're good quality, reasonably priced and suitable for the taller women in society!