OK, so here’s an admission. Last year, I told you about a pair of 25-year-old floral print Capri pants I’d just rediscovered. Tried them on for the That’s Not My Age photoshoot and never wore them again. In my youth, I didn’t give a damn about having stupid hair and crazy trousers, but a quarter of a century later, my sartorial courage is lower than my oestrogen levels. I can hold my own in tomato red jeans but throw a bold pattern into the mix and I’m afraid to leave the house.
Crazy legs: my 1980s Hobbs Capri pants.
But this year, things are going to change. Thanks to David Hockney’s A Bigger Picture exhibition, bright colours are de riguer – and there were more patterned trousers than 15-year-old models on the catwalks for spring/summer 2012. Now, even my favourite newsreader Kirsty Wark’s got in on the act. Here she is on The Late Review, I’ve got a feeling her pants might be vintage Prada but I could be wrong.
So, the good news is that fancy pants can be worn all year round. I’m thinking of trying mine out with a chunky sweater and ankle boots this weekend. And I love the idea of a sharp tuxedo jacket: