A trend that I have been really excited to see on campus right now is printed pants. It is a remarkably simple idea to switch from wearing a pattern on the top of an outfit to the bottom, and is done quite often with skirts, but a patterned pant still presents a challenge for college students. Will they look too dressy? Will the pattern be too much for the outfit? It takes the right colors and accessories to pull off this look, making it a true test. However, at the end of the day, it is still a bold statement and I have been happy to see students embracing it.
Margaret styled her printed trousers with a both vibrant and subtle colors and accessories. Her royal blue belt looks perfect when offset with her navy top and the spots on her pants. Her canary yellow coat contrasts the dark blues, brightening up the outfit and also sprucing up the look for fall. Pearls were an excellent accessory choice with their neutral color and classic, sweet appearance. Her nude flats add some understated elegance but their angular shape definitely makes you do a double take.
Ann Taylor LOFT sells printed trousers in a deep purple color with a wallpaper-esque floral pattern. This color is great for fall but will also complement the darker palate of winter. For a more pronounced statement, Topshop sells jacquard cigarette pants with shiny gold and teal print. To go along with the polka-dot trend, Free People sells a dotted print with velvet material, perfect for the cold weather. If polka-dots and flowers are too sweet for your taste, a snake skin pattern is a viable option. Helene Berman’s printed trousers have a tapered leg and high-waist for an extremely elegant and edgy look.