A Stylist’s Guide To Wearing Printed Trousers

In this month’s instalment of her SL column, stylist Anna Bromilow shares her view on the printed trouser trend. From chic silk pyjama styles to bohemian prints, here’s how she suggests you make them work…
By Anna Bromilow /

The Trend

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. 
 

The Brands

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. 

Styling Tips

01

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. 

02

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.

03

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.

04

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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