It’s so easy to become a bit formulaic with your wardrobe at this time of year – after all, there aren’t many occasions where a great dress or jeans and a pretty top won’t work. But if you feel your style is becoming a bit predictable and you’re keen to give something new a go, a printed trouser is a chic alternative for summer dressing. It might seem like a bold wardrobe choice, but they can look feminine and elegant when paired with an oversized shirt or pretty top.
Isabel Marant’s take on the trend is – as expected – eternally chic. By presenting boho styles in a polished way, she makes draped, printed trousers worn with peasant top and gold sandals look band on trend. There’s currently a paisley pair for sale via MyTheresa I love – they’re a great tran-seasonal buy which would work just as well with a one shouldered puff sleeve top on holiday or with an autumnal knit.
Personally, I've also just bought a pair of paisley print silk trousers from Tory Burch which have a hint of blue in them – they’ll look great styled with a striped shirt. Antik Batik also have a great pair of floral geo pants called the ‘Tanissa’. If pyjama-style bottoms appeal, then know that Gucci showed a range of silk styles that would work perfectly with an oversized white shirt and statement jewellery this season.
Finally, for those who want to take this trend in a more sophisticated direction, you really are spoiled for choice. From Zara’s affordable options to Oscar de la Renta’s bold prints, there’s something for everyone and every budget. Anthropologie also has a retro floral print pair which I’d wear with a simple t-shirt or a fine grey knit, while Zimmerman has a pair of beautiful asymmetric wide silk pants I can’t stop thinking about. I’ll be trying both looks this summer.
Think About The Cut
A good rule of thumb is to think about how you wear jumpsuits or trousers – and specifically, which style of leg you normally go for. Going for a shape you feel comfortable in will help when it comes to styling a look.
Tuck Your Top In Or Wear A Shorter Blouse
It’s important with this look to give your waist some definition. I tend to either roll up the leg of a jumpsuit, or opt for ruched, elasticated ankles – but I always think about what suits my shape, not just what’s on trend.
Find The Right Balance
It's also important to remember that with a strong print on the bottom, you need to dial down your top half to balance everything out. Pick a tone out of the pattern and match your top or go for a discrete stripe – there are only a few occasions when a stripe doesn’t work.
Look For Feminine Details
Trousers with an ankle ruffle or hem detailing offer a prettier take on the trend and, worn with a chunky sandal and a t- shirt, they can look modern and fresh. Batsheva has a floral pair that are wide-legged and look seriously cool.
The Final Word
What I like about statement trousers is they’re a new way to explore print and turn a look on its head – it’s exactly the kind of purchase that can throw a bit of unexpected joy into your wardrobe at this time of year.
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