The Black Trousers You Wore With A Nice Top In The Early ‘00s Are Back

You'll remember these if you remember Kookai.

Bella Hadid black trousers

by Natalie Hammond |
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Low-rise jeans are trending, so are multi-pocket cargos, but if there’s one pair of trousers making a comeback that no one saw coming, it’s stretchy black trousers. Remember them? Probably from Kookai, possibly from Morgan, they somewhat were difficult to define.

As one user put it on Twitter, ‘Remember how we all used to have ‘black pants’ in the 00s? Not jeans, not black office pants. Just black pants to wear with your going out top?’ Cue the nostalgia because people, at least on Twitter, certainly do remember. One user commented, ‘Yes, mine were from Express, stretchy as hell with a slight bootcut. Pictured here with a 00s wide belt worn across the hips (and over my long tank).’ Another said, ‘I got bleach on my good black pants in the late 90s. I am still angry about it.’

Because of the colour and fit, a whole generation of teenagers wearing black trousers basically looked like they worked as waiters on the weekend. If you did, in fact, work as a waiter on the weekend, all you had to do after shutting up shop was to swap your shirt - which would have been fitted and ruched at the buttons - for a nice top. (This could be anything from a halter neck to the aforementioned tank top. I had one with ‘Babe’ emblazoned across the front in diamanté - because why not? - from Tammy Girl.)


Are they really back, I hear you asking because they sound less than chic? Yes and no. The OG stretchy black pant - 100% polyester, 100% flammable - probably wouldn’t pass muster now. But its cousins - the flared legging worn by Kendall Jenner; the low-slung pants belonging to Bella Hadid and the classic straight leg trousers spotted on Emily Ratajkowski above - definitely would.

Whether or not you wear them with a nice top, however, is entirely up to you.

SHOP: The Best Stretchy Black Trousers

Arket, Cropped Cotton Stretch Trousers
Price: £40 (was £59)

Arket has several pairs of stretchy black trousers but this ankle-cropped pair definitely doesn't say 'waiter'.

Made of with a linen blend, these gently flaring trousers are a smarter alternative to leggings (and, whisper it, can be worn in the office).

Me+Em's Palazzo Pants are famously soft on the skin and supportive around the waist.

Uniqlo, Stretch Straight-Leg Trousers
Price: £24.90

Made with stretch, Uniqlo's straight-leg trousers will be the comfiest in your arsenal.

H&M, High Waisted Tailored Trousers
Price: £18.99

H&M's pull-ons are just the right length if you like your trousers to pool around your ankles.

These stretch leggings are the definition of chic.

Zoë Kravitz buys her black trousers from The Row - and it's not hard to see why.

Natalie Hammond is the Senior Fashion News Editor of Grazia.

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