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
A conservative office might not be the place to mix polka dots, stripes, and ikat, but that doesn't mean you can't experiment with printed pants. Keep the overall look streamlined and sleek with a classic black turtleneck and nude pumps, but add a fun punch of color with a bright satchel.
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.