Where You Can Buy the Right Printed Pants for Summer

The Lounge Pant

NEW YORK CITY — Printed pants are one of summer’s hottest trends, and they’re seriously versatile. You can elevate office attire with tailored styles in fun, bold prints or try a loose, breathable pair for running weekend errands. Dressing them up or down can be as simple as changing your shoes.

While you can’t go wrong with a basic white tee or neutral blouse, try colorful accessories to give the outfit some extra oomph. Add accents with statement jewelry, or a bag or headscarf in a clashing shade. Mixing prints is a fashion-forward way to try the trend, and stripes are the perfect starting point since they go with almost anything. Just stick to a similar color palette.

Experiment with these six great styles and have some fun with your outfit! It is summer, after all.

The Lounge Pant
Luxuriate in what are essentially on-trend track pants; being in vogue is rarely this deliciously comfortable! Your initial instinct might be to keep everything casual, but these colorful joggers can really pop with a tailored blazer, a glamorous sequin cami and slide mules.

Pictured from left to right: Tropical Hutton lounge pant, $258 from Kate Spade New York, Henrik Vibskov Anna is Jogging pant, $107 from Oak Marc by Marc Jacobs Jungle CDC pant, $258 from Marc by Marc Jacobs.

The Harem Pant

The Harem Pant
The drop crotch is the fashion world’s cilantro, a divisive silhouette that’s adored and abhorred in equal measure. Personally I’m a fan, plus harem pants are comfortable to the point of indecency. But if you’re not into it, these pants from Free People come in a variety of prints and have an elastic waistband; pull them up for a sag-free, high-waisted fit.

Pictured: Three pairs of the Got Me Twisted harem pant, $78 from Free People.

The Trouser

The Trouser
Fitted, tailored trousers are perfect for the office with the addition of a blouse and blazer. On the weekend, they work just as well with a T-shirt and sneakers. When the weather cools down at night, toughen up the look with a leather jacket.

From left to right: Lace embroidered crop pants, $59 from pixiemarket.com; trouser, Charlotte Taylor drum trousers, $146 from American Two Shot in SoHo; Antipodium South Beach trouser, $156 from American Two Shot.

The Legging

The Legging
To avoid looking like you just came from a yoga class, pair leggings with ankle boots or hi-tops. If you do wear sandals, make sure they’re on the dressier side, like a gladiator or a wedge.

Pictured from left to right: Spring Summer scribble print leggings, $50 from Topshop in SoHo, Tribal print leggings, $10.80 from Forever21.

 

The Boyfriend Jeans

The Boyfriend Jeans
Skinny jeans in humid weather elicit the same reaction in me as canine nail polish: why? These loose fitting pairs with geometric patterns combine two of this season’s trends: boyfriend jeans and printed pants. Balance the slouchy denim with feminine touches, like pointed toe shoes and a bright lipstick.

Pictured from left to right: Maison Scotch bleached geo pants, $139 at Life:Curated and Isabel Marant Étoile Nea boyfriend jeans, $340 from barneys.com.

The Wide Leg

The Wide Leg
Wide-legged pants can be extremely flattering when styled right, making you look taller and slimmer. If you’re petite, give yourself some extra lift with platforms or heels, and use a belt to accentuate your waist. Keep it from looking sloppy with a form-fitting, tailored or structured top; a boxy cropped tee looks insanely chic with billowing, high waisted pants.

Pictured from left to right: Alice and Olivia super flare wide leg pants, $276.50 from Bloomingdale’s; The Reformation Crest pant,$178 from thereformation.com.

By Sarah Theeboom on July 22, 2014 7:19am | Updated on July 22, 2014 11:25am

 

 

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