When it comes to outfits I do love a wildcard – you know, those items that catch your eye but you’re not sure if they’ll be a hit or a big fat miss. This Zara khaki trouser co-ord is definitely what I’d call a wildcard. When I spotted it in the recent sale I kept scrolling past it, only to go back and look at it again. In my mind it would either look great or absolutely awful. But I knew if it was the latter I could just send it back.
When it arrived, I tried it on and asked Pete what he thought – fully expecting him to laugh and say “what on earth is that?”. But to my surprise he really liked it. Just to clarify, I would never not wear something I loved just because someone else didn’t. Nevertheless, it’s sometimes nice to get the spousal seal of approval! What I didn’t realise when I ordered it was that the unusual half skirt can be detached, so that was a bonus. It instantly makes it more versatile and practical for work (although there’s no reason why you couldn’t wear it to work!).
The fabric quality is better than I expected; it has a little bit of stretch so it’s really comfortable. The skirt is reasonably weighty so it hangs well. (It also makes a great bum cover!) There’s no logical reason for wanting to add bulk to my hips…but then style moves in mysterious ways! This Zara khaki trouser co-ord makes quite a statement, so I kept my accessories simple with white mules and snake print clutch.
I’ve had these sunglasses for well over 10 years – I usually wear them for running because they fit snuggly without rubbing or slipping. They’ve seen me through several marathons and are better than any sports sunglasses I’ve tried. Not bad for a TKMaxx bargain! I like how these sunglasses work with the co-ord to create a kind of futuristic vibe.
I wanted to show you what the co-ord looks like without the skirt, I’ve added a gold and silver belt to break it up. The belt loops are quite wide so I’m not limited to a skinny belt. I could experiment by adding accessories in a contrasting colour such as burnt orange, mustard or red. I could also swap the top for a fitted black vest for a more streamlined look – with or without the skirt. Thinking up multiple ways to style a co-ord and get maximum wear from it is all part of the fun!
SHOP THE LOOK
Trousers and top from Zara (sold out) | River Island mules (old) | Rodo clutch (old) | Salvatore Ferragamo sunglasses (old) | River Island belt (old, from eBay)
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