Beware, LBD lovers. The party dress has found its sartorial match, and there’s about to be a trouser takeover…

Cocktail trousers are the party investment piece du jour, available in an array of stunning prints and textures, and with all the pizzazz of a statement dress. Just look to the autumn/winter catwalks to see the influence of the humble trouser, in all its brocade, metallic and printed glory!

Update your soirée style by teaming a cocktail trouser with a silk t-shirt or blouse, and don’t forget to throw in a statement necklace or earrings, and a clutch to complete your look.

Here are our top five picks for a little dress-free inspiration…

Ladylike lace will always be a winner and we love the statement style but muted tone of this cocktail trouser. Ankle-grazing and super-flattering, this trouser is a staple that’ll see you through from work to drinks with total ease.

Moschino Cheap & Chic lace trouser, £355, available at Harvey Nichols

Opulence was a major trend for a/w’12, and you don’t get more opulent than brocade. We love the mermaid green colour of this Elizabeth and James cigarette pant, and would happily team it with a cosy knit and statement heels for a luxe, winter-appropriate look.

Elizabeth and James Green brocade effect cigarette trouser, £324, available at My Wardrobe

Marc Jacobs. Metallic. Major want! The perfect twist on sharp tailoring for a fun evening look – need we say more?

Marc Jacobs Cropped metallic bouclé wool-blend pant, £760, available at Net-a-Porter

If you’re tiring of leopard print, turn to the reptilian version with these beautifully cut, snake print jacquard trousers. High-end look at a High Street price? Don’t mind if we do!

Snake print jacquard trouser, £30, available at Warehouse

If you’re looking to snap up a bold and bright cocktail trouser without spending your entire fashion fund, head to High Street haven Topshop where this baroque print cigarette trouser awaits you in all its electric blue glory!

Baroque cigarette trouser, £38, available at Topshop

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