How To Rock: Printed Pants

– By Sarah-Leigh Wade – 

As each and every ready-to-wear season floods our desktops, our favourite glossies and our best boutiques rails, a wave of statement pieces never fail to pop up, professing to be the latest ‘it’ item. Trends come and go but we as consumers remain hungry for the Next Big Thing.
One trend with unabated sticking power is the printed pant. First emerging in the esteemed catwalk collections of Jean Paul Gaultier and Dries Van Noten for autumn/winter 2011, the patterned trouser experienced climax for spring/summer 2012 with Isabel Marant, DVF, and Paul & Joe (to name but a few) leading the way with prints ranging from everything to fruit and veg, to watercolour scenes and bold block stripes.
Shapes & Styling:
  • Shape-wise, tailored cigarette pants or capris with seasonal all-over-prints should be well fitting and finish just above or on the ankle.

1.  Clover Canyon Tribal Pants

2.  EtroCoral & Blue Silk Pants

4.Cynthia Rowley Zig Zag Floral Bonded Leggings Coming soon to CynthiaRowley. com 

  • Silk wide-leg harem styles look great teamed with sky-high booties, or simple courts and pumps alike.
  • Super-wide palazzo shapes are also noted, looking fabulous with layers – try a long-line fur or knit gilet worn over.  A draped or silk blouse works well too, making sure to loosely tuck in order avoid looking overwhelmed.

  • If the print on print is a little gregarious for some, as seen on international runways, team this statement pant with clean, sharp basics or tailored pieces for a chic trend-led look.
  • Tailored pieces look great with a patterned trouser; for an effortless office-to-cocktails ensemble mix with a fitted or trendy outsize shirt, preferably buttoned up to the top. For extra style kudos fix a brooch over the top button or wear a statement necklace placed under your collar. Team your top with an outsize blazer, sleeves pushed up of course with watch and bracelets on show, whilst a simple platform shoe or more directional heel will look equally as sophisticated.
Some of our favourite style bloggers are showing how to mix up the look; Where Did You Get That’s Karen recently took to Twitter to talk about the coveted Zara Aztec pants, while 5 Inch and Up’s Sandra photographed hers styled with delicate silver chunky heeled sandals and a minimal peplum top. Man Repller’s Leandra is also spotted on her blog teaming Topshop’s polka dot capris with a daring mix of layered Breton stripes, tonal checks and dogtooth.
Hair & Make-up:
For hair and make-up, less is more. The key with this look is to make being fashion-forward look effortless.  Poker straight locks or a beachy wave add to this relaxed attitude, while make-up should be fresh and glossy. A slick of colour to the lips can be added to this groomed appearance – just ensure your tone complements your print.
Whether you decide to go minimally groomed or chicly chaotic with your accompanying garb, the printed pant is undoubtedly 2012’s most coveted statement item.
Based just outside London, Sarah Wade is the editor of international trend service and the eponymous blog Sarah is an advocate of emerging talent, vintage fashion and the arts, while is also a published photographer. You can follow her on Twitter @SarahLeighW
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Based just outside London, Sarah-Leigh Bunting is a seasoned editor and marketer, having worked with some of the world's biggest fashion and interior brands and retailers. In 2012 Sarah-Leigh co-founded What Peggy Did Next (, an event and communications agency based in the UK. You can follow Sarah on... Instagram - @sarah_leigh_b Twitter - sarah_leigh_b Facebook -