Three Things: Printed trousers

three pairs of printed trousers

Forever 21 // Topshop // Zara

Printed trousers appeared on the style scene a couple of seasons ago, and while some of you loved them, and were more than happy to pledge allegiance to our new printed pant overlords, others were reluctant to accept that they’d be expected to walk around with patterned legs all summer long.

We understand both points of view, but in recent months we’ve found ourselves coming down in favour of the printed trousers. They make a nice change from jeans, and if you find the right print they can also be a slightly warmer alternative to skirts and dresses on those chilly summer days we tend to get here in the frozen north of the UK.

Wondering how to wear printed trousers?

>> Stick to block colours on top, rather than another, clashing print.

>> Go for smaller prints or faded colours if you’re worried about looking too clownish: the green trousers on the left will be easier to wear than the other two pairs, for instance.

>> Contrasting shoe colours can work, but choosing shoes in a colour that appears in the print is easier.

Florals tend to dominate the printed trousers scene at this time of year, but there are plenty of other options out there if you’re prepared to look for them. We’ve chosen three pairs of printed trousers, all from the budget end of the market, to get you started, so tell us:

What do you think of printed trousers?


  • April 22, 2013


    I’m seriously hoping there is an age limit on these suckers and that I am past that limit…

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  • April 22, 2013

    Liz in Paris

    Not keen on the florals here (but I don’t really like floral prints on anything). However, I have a pair of dark blue ankle trousers with white polka dots from Jaeger and love them to bits. I’m in my fifties so wouldn’t go for neon colours, but dark blue/white is just the ticket. And ya gotta love polka dots 🙂

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  • April 23, 2013


    I steer clear of them. Florals – or any print, really – used from the waist down on a small, curvy woman is one step away from looking like a walking sofa.

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  • April 24, 2013


    They are not hideous per se, but I think they are not for the bottom-heavy among us, because they add bulk visibly. If you are top-heavy, they might work.

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  • May 16, 2013


    i am attracted to this trend but it`s hard to find something that does not look like tapestry from an old couch, at least in the stores i`ve visited. until now i haven`t found a pair of printed pants that i like. i stopped looking because it`s summer and it`s too hot to wear pants anyway. skirts and dresses, here i come.

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  • May 17, 2013


    Well, I really like them, but maybe it’s because I’m top heavy but not bottom heavy, and they kind of help to balance me out.

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