"I am 5ft 2 with a small waist and wide hips, which means that buying trousers is a bloody nightmare. Jeans are hard enough to buy (high-waisted jeans, never go out of style, I beg you), but trousers are a whole other ball game. So when Polka Pants got in touch, I was interested.
They're a London-based company who make high-waisted and tailored trousers for women in the service industry, with fabric sourced in the UK. Here's the backstory: "Over her years in the kitchen, Australian-born, London-based chef Maxine Thompson found herself frustrated at the unbecoming trousers she and her fellow female cooks had to wear, so she began sketching the ideal female chef trouser – one designed for functionality and comfort, but also for style."
I was skeptical (sounds nice, but will they fit meeeeeeee?), but sent over my measurements to the PR. As I wear a size 29 waist in jeans, I went for a size 10, thinking they'd be just right, but they actually come up more like slim fitting slacks – I could have sized down to an 8. The fabric is stretchy but soft, and I love the gold accent zip. I kept thinking, "where were these trousers when I was working as a temp and had to wear horrid polyester trousers from Dorothy Perkins?"
I'm looking forward to wearing these in the summer with some stompy clogs and crop top – but I would 100% recommend them to any wide-hipped gal who has to wear proper trousers to work." – Ailbhe Malone
Buy a pair of Polka Pants, £50 (sizes 2-18)