Move over, distressed jeans, worn-in chinos, and even (yep, we're going there!) bright denim. Printed pants are the newest addition to the trouser trade, and we're confident that they're not going away anytime soon. For starters, graphic-print bottoms are super versatile, insanely comfy, and on-trend enough to be your statement buy of the summer. Rocking a large-scale print does require some advanced styling savvy — but luckily, we're on your side and we've got tons of tricks to share.
Proof positive: The three killer outfits we've cooked up with one pair of bold, patterned pants. We're showing you how to style these babies for a day at the office, a lazy weekend, and a hot date — click through to check out our handiwork.
With work-friendly staples in timeless neutrals, these printed pants are just polished enough for your 9-to-5. Plus, a bright pop of red patent leather keeps the look from being too safe (read: boring), and platform pumps are a step up from your everyday work heels.
From left: Elizabeth and James Sue Worsted Wool Blazer, $529.37, available at My Wardrobe; Mango Corazon Handbag, $89.99, available at Mango; Reiss Bowie Printed Jersey Trousers, $150, available at Reiss; H&M Top, $12.95, available at H&M; Forever 21 Curved Boomerang Necklace, $4.80, available at Forever 21; Zara High Heel Platform Court Shoe, $99.90, available at Zara.
Wild pattern aside, who says your bottom half has to get all the attention? Elevate your outfit to date-worthy status with a healthy dose of sparkle in a casual silhouette. Remember to keep your accessories understated and ultra-chic to pull off the print-and-glitz combo.
From left: Elliot Lucca Oversized Clutch, $128, available at Nordstrom; Dolce Vita Orla Wedge Sandal, $162.95, available at Lori's Shoes; Reiss Bowie Printed Jersey Trousers, $150, available at Reiss; Topshop Mermaid Sequin T-Shirt, $76, available at Topshop; Bauble Bar City Mosaic Bangle, $36, available at Bauble Bar.
The key to mixing prints? Keep the color palette in the same family, and remember that a striped top goes with practically everything. Simple sandals, crisp white sunnies, and a splurge-worthy carryall complete the look.
From left: Club Monaco Jody Straw Hat, $69.50, available at Club Monaco; Madewell The Station Sandal, $138, available at Madewell; Reiss Bowie Printed Jersey Trousers, $150, available at Reiss; Vince Stripe Crewneck Sweater, $95, available at Barneys New York; Old Navy Round Ray Sunglasses, $9.94, available at Old Navy; Proenza Schouler PS1 Large Leather Satchel, $1,995, available at Net-a-Porter.