Thursday, November 10, 2011

Trend: How to Wear Printed Pants

I adore how prints can just amp up your look without really trying. I'm also a huge fan of print on print but I have been eyeballing these printed pajama style pants popping up all over the place and wondering how they can look good on the average person and not just a super model. So I practiced styling some and wanted to share examples of the best ways to wear them for different body types.

There are three main types of the printed pant that's hot now, the tried and true legging style, retro wide leg style and then the trickier harem style pant that is baggy at the top and tends to accentuate the hips and butt area that most people do not want to show off particularly.

Harem Pant: Best on slim to willowy body types.

Best styled with a simple, solid color top that is flattering and can accent the waist. Silk wrap harem pants by Willow $597. Styled here with chunky necklace by my new favorite jewelry designer Assad Mounser (who I will be featuring a lot), DV suede pump and MZ Wallace Bianca bag (both available at Trocadero). photo credit via

Printed leggings (of the knit or jean variety): best on slim, average to pear shaped body types

How to style: use the print as a pop of color and interest peeking out from below a drapey tunic or flattering dress. They will accent the slimmest part of your legs at the calf. You can also have some fun with prints and layer a print skirt over leggings. For chilly weather pair with a chunky cardigan like this Missoni one, it's okay to have more bulk on the top if the legs are slim! Styled here with earrings by Assad Mounser, Seychelles black ankle boot 165- (available at Trocadero). Some cute prints can be found at Miss Selfridge UK

Wide Leg Pant: best on slim to full figures to balance out a larger torso. Plus I love the retro look with a semi masculine appeal of a collared oxford shirt.

Watercolor print silk by Fnubbu, 'Dead Flowers long necklace' by Assad Mounser, MZ Wallace Ava tote and DV by Dolce Vita suede pump (both available at Trocadero). Photo cred

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