This year has seen an insurgence of printed pants – EVERYWHERE! From floral to digital prints and even Aztec prints. I’ve hunted high and low (ok maybe I’m exaggerating) but I have searched everywhere, tried every printed pair of pants I’ve liked the design of…but none of them have fitted me. When I say me, I mean my bodyshape, skin tone, and style. Some were just too loose making it look like I was wearing pyjama pants, then I might as well wear one. Some were too loud, making my thighs look bigger than they really are. Yes, different prints can make you look bigger. Then there are those that were just not the right fabric – linen. I even wanted to sew myself a pair. I did get the right fabric, the right pattern…just wasn’t in the right mood. The furthest I’ve gone with them was to cut the fabric to the pattern pieces and pinned ONE leg. That was it. I lost interest, knowing I had to pin the other side.
It wasn’t until last month, just before I left for Singapore that I saw a pair of red and white skinny printed pants that were also made out of stretchable fabric from Zara in Chadstone. It was soft, light and the colour was spectacular, well to me at least. As with my other purchases, I always envision what I can wear these pants with. Good thing I’ve got my wardrobe essentials to match with these pants. I could wear them with a plain shirt, t-shirt, singlet and add a blazer to give the outfit some structure. But it was only last week that I got to wear them. A day when I was in a hurry and sort of just grabbed what I could, which happened to be:
White Shirt with pleated detailing & frills : Jeans West
Printed Pants: Zara
Nude Patent Peep-Toe Wedges: Jane Debster
Handbag: Charles & Keith bought in Singapore
The plain white shirt goes well with these pants because it’s simple and will not clash with the prints, whilst the red from the prints gives this outfit a nice bold colour. To be perfectly honest, that was the day where I didn’t look at myself in the mirror after putting this whole outfit together. Yes, I just didn’t have the time. I paired the outfit with a pair of nude patent peep-toe wedges, keeping it neutral and my latest buy from Singapore, the basket weave cream Charles & Keith handbag.
I guess it also helped that I worked in an office where I can wear smart casual everyday should I choose to. And working in a fashion and beauty environment also meant I can dress “creatively”. So I added some colours via an arm party to add a fun element to the outfit. If I was to make it slightly dressier, I would wear the pants with a pair of nude or black heels, a simple plain top and a blazer. The printed pants is also amazingly versatile – going from smart casual to casual just by wearing it with a pair of flats. The idea is to keep everything else simple while letting the pants do the “talking” with the bold prints.
So, there you have it, styling something that is a trend item can be pretty easy when you already have the basic pieces in your wardrobe to work with. Have you got a pair of printed pants? Would you be game to wear one?