If white jeans are everyone’s favourite summer guilty pleasure, pink trousers are the new white jeans. White jeans are a day-off treat, slightly naff, but totally delicious, like syrupy high-street iced coffee. White jeans are for women – and men – who guard their downtime ferociously, laugh in the face of chores and spend Saturdays doing nonessential shopping or monopolising the sunniest table at the cafe for leisurely catchups. A pair of white jeans says, “I am on my own time today, thank you very much, and I shall do as I please.”
But, like oversized sunglasses and wedge sandals, white jeans are easy to mock as an entry-level lifestyle accessory. They lack irony or edge. And this is where pink trousers come in, because pink trousers confuse people. I like them for this reason. Those who roll their eyes at white jeans are less sure of their ground when faced with pink trousers. They are pink, which is a silly, jolly kind of a colour, but they are also trousers, which are what sensible grownups wear to work. So pink trousers become more compelling than a pink dress.
I more than like them, actually. I have a borderline fetish for pink trousers, which is not confined to the downtime category. To a pair of fuchsia, knife-pleated, tailored trousers that are in regular rotation in my wardrobe, I recently added a pale blush pair with a paper-bag waist, a surprise hit in the smart-outfit category when worn with a sweater in a similar but more terracotta-ish tone (I refer you to Setting Plaster on the Farrow & Ball paint chart). And I now find myself wondering how I have made it this far without a wide-legged pair in pale velvet as part of my pink-trouser repertoire.
These are not work trousers, but they are not around-the-house trousers, either. If you went food shopping in them, you would buy, say, some seasonal fresh fruit and an overpriced loaf of bread with walnuts in it, and you’d carry them in a basket. Most importantly, you’d have a jolly nice time, too.
Jess wears cami, £170, by Equipment, from harveynichols.com. Velvet trousers, £42, urbanoutfitters.com. Heels, £75, dunelondon.com.
Styling: Melanie Wilkinson. Hair and makeup: Sam Cooper at Carol Hayes Management.