Black trousers five ways

I have managed to rig up a photographic studio in our house and persuaded my husband to take the photographs. Under the circumstances I think he has done a very good job.

I thought that I would start my “shop your wardrobe” series by showing how a simple pair of black trousers can be dressed up or down. In the first photo I am wearing the trousers with a simple black tee shirt. The subsequent images show how the same pair of trousers can be transformed with the addition of scarves, jewellery and colour.

I bought the black trousers from Me&Em about a month ago, before we were shut in our houses. My friend from South Africa was staying with me and we had a wonderful day wandering up and down Marylebone High Street. We had coffee in Daylesford and lunch in a small Lebanese restaurant before ending up in the New Cavendish Street branch of Me&Em. We both tried on dozens of pairs of trousers before I settled on their high waisted relaxed style while my friend bout their classy joggers.

It seems like another world now not just a few weeks ago.

These trousers are the only purchase I have made this season. Me&Em produce really good trousers; they are a bit pricey but they wear extremely well. I have trousers from Me&Em that go back at least six years

Black tee shirt from MarksandSpencer. I have the same style in navy. I like the 3/4 sleeves and find the slash neck flattering as it visually widens my shoulders.

For some colour I have added my bubblegum pink cardigan. Again from Me&Em. Probably one of my first purchases from them about six years ago. It has washed well and looks as good as new. My pink bead necklace is from Chicatanyage shop (currently closed). If you are interested in any of the necklaces or scarves featured in this post send me an email Chicatanyage(at) and I will let you know when the shop reopens.

Black trousers five ways

For a more formal look I have added my pink jacket. It is one of my favourite pieces. You can see how I wore it with white trousers last summer. Originally from Joseph in the sale. Probably about ten years old. Black shoes from MarksandSpencer.

Blue and pink scarf/shawl

For a casual evening dining at home. Just add a scarf in your most flattering colours. Scarf/shawl available at Chicatanyage shop.

Finally, the trousers dressed down with a pair of white sneakers and a white tee shirt.

I am sure that you have some black, navy or brown trousers in your wardrobe that you can play around with. Let me know how you get on.

Me&Em are currently offering a 25% discount with code THANKYOU25

My clothes budget will be smaller this year as I have been donating to charities such as Crisis, Shelter and a charity Harriet Hunt Crowdfunding, set up to offer support for NHS staff. However, I plan to continue supporting the brands that I love particularly those run by entrepreneurial women who have put so much into their ventures. I don’t want to wake up when all this is over to find that they have disappeared.


  1. Heather Moses
    9th April 2020 / 16:45

    I love the scarf that you’re wearing. Just my colours.

    • 10th April 2020 / 11:31

      Hello Heather
      I will let you know when our shop re-opens then you will be able to have a closer look at the colours of the scarf.

      • Heather Moses
        21st April 2020 / 14:30

        Thank you, that would be wonderful. Keep well, stay safe.

  2. Gigi
    9th April 2020 / 16:51

    Absolutely love this look!

  3. Christine Trory
    9th April 2020 / 17:14

    You look lovely as always. Thank you for this simple reminder that we can jazz up a simple pair of comfortable pants and look good as we stay safe indoors. Thank you for your continued inspiration.

  4. Rebecca
    9th April 2020 / 17:38

    You look great here and really have shown that the right fitting black pants and tops elevate a basic look from boring to beautiful. I love that pink necklace!

    • 10th April 2020 / 11:28

      Thank you Rebecca. I will let you know when we re-open our shop which stocks the pink necklace.

  5. Mary
    9th April 2020 / 18:06

    I was once advised to concentrate on the top half as no one notices the bottom half. I don’t think that is quite true but I understood what she meant. Your images prove that one pair of black trousers can take on a different look with varied tops and accessories. Love yourJoseph jacket.

  6. 9th April 2020 / 18:10

    I love all of these looks! Since I am only wearing leggings and baggy tops right now it is encouraging to see that a bit of tweaking with these basics can look so lovely. Thank you.

  7. Paula
    9th April 2020 / 20:27

    Simple, but very stylish outfits! I especially love your colored scarf paired with the black pants.

  8. Jane
    9th April 2020 / 20:31

    I love shopping in my closet. Time to get out my lighter scarfs . Thank-you .

  9. Angela in NZ
    9th April 2020 / 20:39

    Great pics Mr.Chic. You’ll have to keep him on Josephine. 🙂

    • 10th April 2020 / 11:26

      Thanks, Angela I will pass on the message. He will be very pleased.

  10. Georgia
    9th April 2020 / 21:16

    Josephine, I love that pink jacket on you as well as the scarf. Thanks for always being there to inspire me and others I’m sure.

    I’m going to add a scarf to my outfit for Easter dinner.

  11. MaureenC
    10th April 2020 / 15:49

    Yep, Monsieur Chic doing a great job!

  12. Kay
    10th April 2020 / 19:59

    Perfection: the bubble gum sweater and the black.

  13. 11th April 2020 / 06:09

    Your husband has done an excellent job with the photos and what a lovely backdrop!

  14. Wendy in York
    11th April 2020 / 08:11

    And your hair is looking good too – unlike mine at the moment !

  15. Lynda Dransfield
    11th April 2020 / 14:43

    Perfect timing, I have just finished packing away my heavy winter stuff. Love your outfit ideas.

    Happy Easter


  16. 11th April 2020 / 16:51

    Hi Wendy

    Thank you for your comment. My hair is only good on the day I wash it the rest of the time it has lost the plot. I am going to get my husband to trim the back!.

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