Printed trousers have become hugely popular after they first hit the catwalks in 2010, making a huge impact and they have continued to hit the high streets ever since. Many top designers have featured printed trousers in their ranges, including Louis Vuitton, who featured animal print trousers and Moschino who featured pink floral designs. Marc Jacobs’ geometric black and white patterns were all the rage in spring 2013, while Stella McCartney favoured a top to toe leopard look. Snakeskin printed trousers were also hugely popular in spring 2013, while floral prints, polka dot and monochrome patterns have also been introduced. In addition, many celebrities have adopted the trend, for example Denise van Outen, Jessica Alba and Gwen Stefani, have all been spotted wearing patterned trousers.
There is a huge range of textured printed trousers available, including textured leather, high sheen ‘wet look’ styles, soft satin or coloured denims. Choose from ankle grazing crop trousers, cigarette cut, bootleg, super skinny, harem pants, or classically tailored trousers. There is a pair of patterned trousers to suit every body shape, so women who have a tall, thin frame will look great in trousers that feature prints with complementary colours, while those with a pear shape should opt for styles that are loose at the waist, skimming over the hips for a flattering look.
How to wear printed trousers
Printed trousers certainly help you make a bold statement; whether you want bright colours, or delicate pastel shades, there is a pair to suit every occasion. The most obvious benefit of printed trousers is that your legs will be the star attraction, but there are a number of things to bear in mind when choosing a pair:
Follow the colour rules for fashion in general, where darker coloured printed trousers will give a more slimming appearance than lighter coloured ones.
Tailored trousers with a delicate, small patterned print will create an elegant, refined look.
For a classic look, match fitted cut printed trousers with a plain blouse or simple blazer. You can’t go wrong if you choose a complementary colour for your top half.
Fashion advisers often tell us to avoid mixing different patterns and prints, but for a bold look, break the rules, go crazy and mix animal prints with metallic colours. Don’t be afraid to go for top to toe print to truly stand out from the crowd.
Muted pattern trousers are perfect for the office and will look great with killer heels, while tartan trousers make a good winter wardrobe staple. Neutral shaded prints will look best teamed with easy to wear creams and metallic colours.
Mix patterned trousers with flat shoes, such as ballet pumps or coloured plimsolls for the perfect casual look, while pyjama style trousers are great for a soft, elegant look for the evening.
Everyone thinks of printed T-shirts, but printed trousers are far more original if you want a statement look. Most printed fabrics in the shops are screen printed and it’s easy to get your own unique designs turned into original printed trousers, so you could let your imagination go wild.