Hi everyone! I’m quite excited to share today’s post with you, which is a review of these cigarette trousers. I picked these up recently and they were a total impulse purchase but I tried them on and just fell in love. I get a lot of wear out of my other cigarette trousers and I’ve been thinking about buying another pair, so I thought these would fit the bill nicely. I find practical, comfortable and easy to wear. They’re very flattering on, and are easy to dress up with heels for a night out or smart enough to wear for work during the day.
So where did I pick up this magical garment? You’d be forgiven for thinking they were from a well-known repro shop. Lindy Bop, Collectif, or Pinup Girl perhaps? These retailers, to name just a few, all carry similar styles. But no. These delightful 1950s-style cigarette trousers are from… Primark. Yes, they are currently available in a range of patterns at just £9.00 a pop, which is a fraction of the price of some available from the repro shops.
Unfortunately I was not able to find this style in any plain colours, although I’ve noticed that Primark’s stock can sometimes vary from store to store, so it’s possible that plain colours are available elsewhere. However, all of the patterns I saw were very pretty. I just chose these ones as I thought they would still work well as a neutral in my wardrobe.
The trousers skim the ankle on me (at 5’5”) and are made of a stretch fabric so they are not only comfortable but wonderfully curve-hugging. They feature a side zip and are a mid-rise, not quite sitting at my natural waist but not slouching round my hips either. If you really must have something that sits at your natural waist then you may wish to stick with those available from the repro retailers where clothing is specifically designed to be 1950s in style, but I think these still have enough of a 1950s look about them that I’m very happy with them as a very much budget-friendly option.
I’m wearing a UK size 8, which is my usual clothing size, but it’s always worth trying Primark clothing on before buying as their sizing can vary by a lot. Since the trousers do have some stretch, those of you between sizes may wish to size down to maintain the very fitted look. The quality is about average for a high street item, and to be honest I find that some of the repro brands charge high prices for items that are only about the same quality as high street items anyway, so I’m counting this as a win.
If you’re a fan of the cigarette trouser style, I’d recommend grabbing a pair or two of these from your local Primark while they still have them in stock. Watch this space as you might find I add another couple of pairs to my own wardrobe soon…
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