For the beginner, dabbling in prints can feel a bit like cooking without a recipe — what exactly goes with those polka-dot pants or that paisley mini, anyway? We totally feel your frustration — patterned pieces are tempting, but when you rely on a wardrobe full of timeless basics, it can be daunting to think outside the (clean and simple) lines.
What you really need? A cheat sheet to pairing one printed statement piece with the much-loved items you already own. We chose a stand-out pair of metallic jacquard trousers and got to work — et voilà, three easy-chic for work, weekend errands, and a night out with your besties. Now, go ahead — put it in print
KORS Michael Kors Adrielle Pump, $250, available at Piperlime; Uniqlo Cashmere Blended Turtleneck Sweater, $14.90, available at Uniqlo; J.Crew Café Jacquard Capri Pants, $148, available at Net-A-Porter; Bauble Bar Gold Weave Cuff, $26, available at Bauble Bar; JINsoon Nail Lacquer in Tulle, $18, available at Sephora; Tory Burch Robinson Small Dome Satchel, $495, available at Bloomingdale's.
The weekend gives you a chance show off your quirky-cool side, and patterned trousers are the perfect vehicle for doing just that. Layer up with a chunky sweater and a denim jacket, and bring in a masculine touch with oxfords and round-frame shades. Who says clever can't be cute?
Coach City Bag, $278, available at Coach; Court Sam Jean Jacket, $116, available at Bona Drag; J.Crew Café Jacquard Capri Pants, $148, available at Net-A-Porter; The Row Rounded Sunglasses, $443, available at Forward by Elyse Walker; H&M Sweater, $24.95, available at H&M; Steve Madden Zellous Oxfords, $79.95, available at Steve Madden.
Can the same pants you wear to work and on the weekend do triple-duty as going-out pants? You betcha. All you have to do is throw on a feminine top to add that va-va-voom element — some eye-catching statement accessories will do the rest.
Burberry Lip Glow Natural Lip Gloss in Fondant Pink, $27, available at Nordstrom; Dorothy Perkins Teal Peplum Top, $44, available at Dorothy Perkins; J.Crew Café Jacquard Capri Pants, $148, available at Net-A-Porter; Fallon Obama Necklace, $450, available at Charm & Chain; Michael Antonio Mains Ankle Boot, $59, available at Zappos; Diane Von Furstenberg Carolina Lips Snakeskin Clutch Bag, $445, available at Neiman Marcus.