This chic new trouser trend has arrived just in time for spring

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Harriet Davey
Street style image of slit trousers

Not ready to brave bare legs yet? Say hello to effortlessly stylish split hem trousers…

There are many trends that come and go quicker than even our fashion editors can keep up with. So, when we spot one that’s actually wearable IRL, and is inevitably going to stick around in our wardrobes for the long haul, we take note. 

It’s time to introduce you to the split (or slit) hem trousers. Adorned on the most stylish women during fashion month, they’re the new style that has caught our eye for all the right reasons.

Whether you opt for skinny, straight or wide-leg, it’s all about creating the flared silhouette at the bottom with the split at the front. It’s the ideal way to start baring a bit more flesh now the temperatures are rising, and also flash those new season shoes too. Win, win!

With the likes of mega-designers Victoria Beckham and Roland Mouret putting iterations on the s/s 2019 catwalks, and high street favourites including Zara and Mango following suit – it’s clear they’re a key style.

See below for three ways to wear them – including where to shop the best ones.

1) Neutral shades

A shirt and blazer combo works for anything from the office to brunch. Go tonal and team cream, beige or camel colours together for extra style points.

Mango slit hem trousers

Mango cream trousers

Neutral hues are having a serious moment. Gone are the days beige and cream are seen as the boring outfit option, they’re now the chicest shades you can opt for. Case in point: Mango’s tailored trousers. 

£44.99, Mango

Victoria Beckham mid-rise split front skinny pants

Victoria Beckham slit front trousers

Victoria Beckham’s collection is like being able to shop her real-life wardrobe. We can imagine VB wearing these sleek trousers with a crisp white shirt and golden jewels – perfection. 

£575, Victoria Beckham

2) Bold and bright

If you want to make a serious statement, it’s time to go for colour. Yes, we’re aware injecting bright hues into your life after what seems like the longest winter in history may be tricky, but it’ll be worth it. Make like Leonie Hanne and clash your new split hem trousers with contrasting separates. 

Roland Mouret Danesfield cropped stretch-crepe flared pants

Roland Mouret trousers

Green is officially one of this season’s hottest hues. Whether you go full Kermit, soft sage or pistachio pastel, it’s all about green. 

£450, Roland Mouret

Victoria Beckham mid-rise cady skinny pants

If you’re a fan of skinny jeans, then these will be your spring/summer alternative. The split hem will create a kick-flare shape – while the red shade will look perfect with a dusty pink top or fine knit.

£575, Victoria Beckham

3) Back to black

Danielle showed off her slit-front trousers to her casual 2 million followers on Instagram, and she’s as “obsessed” as we are. They look just as good with flat shoes as they will with heeled sandals and mules.

Zara flared trousers with hem split

Zara flared trousers

We may be feeling summery already, but that doesn’t stop us wanting black in our wardrobes. Replace black jeans for a lightweight, ankle flashing pair of trousers for the warmer months and you won’t be disappointed. 

£29.99, Zara

I-am-chen check-hem cropped trousers

I am chen trousers

Cropped styles are even better for showing off a pair of great shoes, and there will be all eyes on your hemline with these printed beauties. Wear with a floaty cotton blouse on sunnier days. 

£225, I-am-chen 

Now you’ve got your trousers sorted, why not shop the must-have mules that’ll go with? Our edit of the 10 best styles will help. 

Opening image: Getty


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