If you've headed back to the office over the past month, getting ready has probably felt like a a school mufti day. Remember those? The one day a term when you could wear whatever you wanted. Cue a morning meltdown that made you, and your poor parents, wish that such a thing had never been invented. Anyway, if going back to work has triggered certain memories of feeling like you have nothing to wear, we've got a one-stop solution that will instantly revitalise whatever's in your wardrobe: a pair of black work trousers.
Banish ideas of black polyester trousers, the kind with a sandpaper touch and the potential to get very sweaty on the commute. The new versions of black work trousers score seriously high in the chic stakes, and have celebrity ambassadors who include Gemma Chan, who wore an oversized pair to sit front row at Tory Burch, and Bella Hadid, whose favourite wide-leg pair is from cool-girl sneaker brand Eytys. Arket's Tapered Jersey Trousers are the perfect way to transition out of black leggings. Totême's Black Tailored Trousers, meanwhile, would look lovely with ballet pumps and an oversized blazer.
The reason black trousers have great back-to-work potential is that they're excellent multitaskers, brilliant for smart occasions, especially if you add a stiletto heel like Chan's, and more casual settings. Add some sporty trainers - perfect for hustling on the train or bus - a crisp button-down and some chunky hoop earrings for an outfit that marries practicality and polish.
Finally, Paloma Elsesser, at last year's premiere of Savage x Fenty, proved that baggy black trousers can still be black tie-appropriate. So for any after-work events that don't warrant a dash home, just swap your work shirt for a party corset.