3 Ways to Wear Printed Pants

Whenever I see a pair of patterned pants in a store, many thoughts run through my head.   I want them!  I need them!   Will they make my hips look wider?  What will I wear with them?  The whole experience can be a bit overwhelming and in the end, the same thing always happens, I never buy them.  Most of the time, I never even try them on to give them a shot.  This has to end because I desperately want a pair of patterned pants for my wardrobe.  My style is classic minimalist, so I tend to stick to solid colors with an occasional stripped print every now and then.  I am not proud of this; I would like to venture out of my comfort zone more and try bold and daring prints.  So, now all that is left to do is to find the perfect pair of printed pants and style them accordingly.  These are a few things to keep in mind before wearing a pair of bold pants:

  1. The silhouette is everything.  I suggest a cigarette pant opposed to wide legged pants or culottes.  You want to have as little fabric as possible so that the pattern isn’t as overwhelming.  Proportions are everything.  Make sure if you do wear a wider leg, keep the top structured or tucked in.
  2. Tie your whole outfit together by choosing one color within the print and match it with your top.  This way you will have a color coordinated outfit that will look more complete and polished.  This can also pertain to your shoes and bag.
  3. Don’t go crazy with mixing and matching prints.  Keep it simple by wearing a solid color top.  Once you get comfortable, ease in by mixing the print with a striped top.  The important thing about wearing one or more prints is to make sure that you wear them rather them wearing you.  You don’t want your outfit to look too busy.  However, in order to embrace the playfulness of the pant, try a chunky necklace for a glamorous touch.


When putting together today’s style guide, I took all three of these tips into consideration.  Here are two/three outfits that I hope will inspire you to wear printed pants with confidence.



3 Ways to Wear Printed Pants

1. Mango – Polka Dot Blouse | 2. Charles & Keith – Bucket Bag | 3. Banana Republic – Floral Pant | 4. Lisi Lerch – Tassel Earring | 5. Sam Edelman – Hadley Sling Back

3 Ways to Wear Printed Pants

1. Madewell – Crepe Top | 2. Clare V – Foldover Clutch | 3. J.Crew – Gingham Pants | 4. BaubleBar – Mosaic Collar Necklace | 5. Sole Society – Avalon Pump 


3 Ways to Wear Printed Pants

1. J.Crew – Striped Sweater | 2. Gigi New York – Kelly Saddle Bag | 3. Zara – Printed Trousers | 4. Julie Vos – Santorini Bracelets | 5. Hinge – Drea Sandal


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