Busy modern women understand the appeal of Alberta Ferretti: perfectly cut designs that work around the clock, tailored especially to skim curves and enhance the figure. Opening her first boutique at just 18, the Italian designer has an innate knowledge of how women want to dress, and her straight-leg trousers prove the point. The slim cut is universally flattering, while a mid-rise waist keeps them comfortable from boardroom to bar. Choose classic black for formal occasions, and opt for a more playful hue after dark – rich, fruity colours are best tempered with a crisp white shirt or simple sweater.

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