Summer Wardrobe: White Linen Trousers

The staple of any woman’s summer wardrobe I think!  Well, if it was warm and sunny enough…..

Like in the summer of 2006 perhaps, or any year if you live in London (because it is, on average, 5 degrees warmer there than in the North East most times I’ve visited)?

I could happily live in my white linen trousers for several weeks.  Two pairs obviously: one on, one in the wash.  Once, I even had the misfortune to turn up at work wearing exactly the same top from Principles and white linen trousers as somebody else who worked in the building.  We had a laugh about it, but I tried to avoid wearing that top to work again so I wouldn’t suffer the same misfortune.

Some people might think that white trousers are impractical, but assuming you’re not spending your time in a particularly dirty environment, you can get away with the odd smudge on a pair of linen trousers.  They’re probably all crumpled anyway.  Although mine weren’t.

Gillian Lewis: Spectrum wearing Rohan White Linen Trousers in front of the Colliseum, Rome

My Rohan White Linen Trousers travelled the world….

I had Rohan Linen trousers.  Rohan, the brand beloved of travellers, making clothes that are light and durable, can be rolled up in your suitcase and come out looking great. The linen is mixed with a synthetic blend which means that they don’t get as crumpled as natural linen.  I’ve done a lot of travelling, and they were perfect.  I could wash them whilst I was away and they would dry overnight.

They could easily transition from day to night with the simple addition of a more dressed up top.  In fact, I would quite happily turn up at dressy events at any time of the year in a pair of Rohan white linen trousers with a top of varying degrees of “partyness” (that’s the scale that goes from “pretty” to “all over sequins”).  And their clothes are so well made that they last for years.

So, they ticked lots of boxes for me by being a key staple of a capsule wardrobe by being able to be worn with lots of different tops, fit my dominant “Natural” Style Personality by being comfortable, washing easily and not needing to be ironed (much – unlike real linen), and could be stylish to fit my secondary “City Chic” Style Personality.

And then….

I lost weight.  My Rohan trousers no longer fit.  I can vaguely get away with them now if I tie the waist very tight and have a long tunic top on so you can’t see just how badly they fit.  I went back to the Rohan shop.  White trousers are no longer stocked.  I wrote to Rohan.  They suggested Oyster Stripe Tunis trousers as an alternative.  Oyster Stripe????  They look a bit like seersucker at best.  They might appeal to some.  They don’t appeal to me.  I wouldn’t want to wear them to a party!

Every spring for about the last 3 years, I look longingly on the Rohan website to see if they’ve reintroduced White Linen trousers.  They haven’t.  I’ve got an alert set up on Ebay for “Rohan White Linen” but whilst you might get the odd skirt or shirt appearing, there hasn’t been a pair of White Linen Trousers.  I think this confirms just how wonderful they are!

Eventually, last week, getting desperate for a lightweight pair of wide leg trousers, I decided to pop into the new Durham branch to look at their Thai trousers as an alternative.  They had Limestone as a colour.  I wondered if they would work as they seemed to be a cream colour.  Well, as a pair of light beige trousers they are good for summer, so I bought a pair and I’m sure I will get lots of use from them, but they’re not Rohan White Linen Trousers.

I tried to explain this to the manager.  Give him his due, he did very well attempting to empathise, but I may not be a typical demographic customer.  He’s going to send my feedback to Head Office, however, in the meanwhile, Rohan: if you’re reading, please, please, please bring back your White Linen Trousers.  I will be forever in your debt 😀

It’s a beautiful day here today.  I’m going out in my white trousers.  Not Rohan, and not linen, but the best I have at the moment.

What about you?  Do you love to wear white trousers in the summer?

 

I'd love to hear your comments on this post

Gillian Lewis
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Gillian Lewis

Self Image Coach at Gillian Lewis: Spectrum Coaching and Consultancy based in Darlington, County Durham, UK
What on earth is a Self-Image Coach I hear you ask – it’s cross between a Confidence Coach and Image Consultant.

I help clients become happier and more confident by giving them a Makeover from the Inside Out to change their internal and external view of themselves.

I'm not really interested in fashion, just what clothes can do for your self-image - that's where the Forget Fashion blog title originated, so I won't be doing much commentary on the latest catwalk styles.Instead, I write about things I come across in life that make me reflect.Sometimes it's serious.Sometimes it's just fun.Hopefully you'll like my writing style, find what I write about interesting and enjoy the experience.If you do, share the love using the boxes below - thank you 😀
Gillian Lewis
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About Gillian Lewis

What on earth is a Self-Image Coach I hear you ask – it’s cross between a Confidence Coach and Image Consultant.

I help clients become happier and more confident by giving them a Makeover from the Inside Out to change their internal and external view of themselves.

I'm not really interested in fashion, just what clothes can do for your self-image - that's where the Forget Fashion blog title originated, so I won't be doing much commentary on the latest catwalk styles. Instead, I write about things I come across in life that make me reflect. Sometimes it's serious. Sometimes it's just fun. Hopefully you'll like my writing style, find what I write about interesting and enjoy the experience. If you do, share the love using the boxes below - thank you :-D

Comments

  1. Your choice might not be white linen but they do look very comfortable and I’m sure you will get years out of them.

    • They are Ann – and I know that my Rohan clothes will wash and wear for years to come. I’ve got tops I bought in 2006 that I have worn at least 100 times each and will probably wear 100 times more and you would be hard pushed to pick them out of my wardrobe as having been worn that many times. It’s not the cost of an item but the cost per wear which is important.

  2. Good luck with your hunt for the perfect make and style of trousers. I love white linen trousers too but I’m always stuck trying to find a pair for short people so brands matter less to me – just length!

    • Thanks Sara. There are some brands that are really good for those of us with shorter legs. I used to love Principles Petite because they worked with my body shape and leg length but I haven’t been as lucky with them recently. Having a trusted seamstress for alterations is the other alternative. I pay £5 for trousers to be taken up – much better than having new trousers sit in the wardrobe with me promising myself I’m going to get the sewing machine out 😀

  3. Dear Gillian

    Thank you for your comments.

    Please be assured that we have passed the link for your blog onto our Design Team for their reference and future consideration.

    Thank you again and kind regards

    Emily
    Rohan Customer Services

    • That’s excellent! Thank you Emily.

      I realised that I should have included the fact that I do have other colours of Rohan linen trousers for travelling, and I used all of them (including the white ones), all summer long, for work. Fabulous, fabulous products! 😀

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