How I have made it this far without a wide-legged pair in pale velvet as part of my pink-trouser repertoire? 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.
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