How To Wear: Printed Pants


This season there’s no trend more fun than a fabulous pair of printed pants. Playful and colorful, these eye-catching bottoms will have you starting summer with a bang! Sure, the loud prints and bold patterns may seem a bit risky, but like most trends… it’s all about learning the basic styling rules while adapting it to blend with your personal style. When it comes to styling your pretty prints opt for a solid colored blouse, letting your printed pants do all the fashion work for you.

For those of you weary about diving into the print pool, I suggest starting with a simple faded design, elevated by a top in a contrasting color. Craving to go bold? Be sure to choose a blouse that matches one of the colors in your pants to insure a beautifully blended look. As with most trends, balance is key, so when wearing harem pants or slouchy bottoms try sticking with fitted tops. For tight printed skinnies or leggings opt for oversized tops or even a blouse with a peplum for a trendy dash of fash. And last but not least, topping off your look with a killer shoe is always important. In my opinion printed pants always look best when styled with a strappy sandal like a cute flat or summery wedge. It’s important to keep all of your outfits’ elements as light and clean as possible when turning this bottom heavy runway look into an everyday ensemble. Follow these simple rules and you’ll have everyone taking notice of you rocking this trendy summer staple!

Fancy Florals

Outfit Details:
Trousers- Zara
Blouse- Zara
Shoes- Elle from Kohl’s
Sunnies- BleuDame
Clutch- Francesca’s

For all you fearless fashionista’s try rocking a multi-colored floral print similar to my look above or make a splash with a bright bleached denim like this pair from ASOS.

Fade Out

Outfit Details:
Skinny Jeans – 7 for all Mankind
Blouse- BCBGMaxAzria

Wedges- Rock & Republic from Kohl’s

For those of you scared to take the print plunge opt for a pair of skinnies in a light color or faded design similar to my look above for a delicate step into this summery trend.

Below are some of my favorite printed pants that are currently available…

Geometric Prints:

1. Forever21 High Rise Harem Pant
2. TopShop Heart Print Wide Leg Trouser
3. Forever21 Polka Dot Pant

Floral Prints:

1. Zara Floral Print Trouser
2. H&M Floral Pant
3. Rachel Roy Palazzo Pant

Which of these printed pants are your favorite? And will you be rocking this trend this summer?

Fash Boulevard

P.S. It’s wedding week over at Fash Boulevard so be sure to stop by to see all of the details from my special day!

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Categories: Anna James, Wear
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  • Emily k.

    I love summer prints on pants! Especially silk pants — it’s like wearing pajamas and being stylish all at once! 😛

    Here’s how I’ve been handling summertime fashion!



  • Linh Ly

    i love your shoes from Elle and your 7 for all mankind jeans! love the first outfit on you, but i probably am not as daring.!/2012/06/swan-princess-lake-maxi-skirt.html

  • Melissa Panici

    I really like the two that you are wearing! I’m one of the scared to take the print plunge people but pairing it with a solid shirt seems like it wouldn’t be so bad! lol. Great post Anna!

  • Amy Breckenridge

    i’m with melissa – i think the printed pants look great on you but i’m afraid to try them out!


  • Melissa LaRose

    I definitely agree with Melissa and Amy… I am scared to try something as bold as printed pants but they work for you!!! I love your posts on here (& of course your blog)

    <3 Melissa

  • Rachael Yanta

    I love the printed bottoms look but like the other girls posting.. I haven’t been as bold to try it yet. You are inspiring me to try though.. I really love the first outfit!

  • Closet Fix

    Hi All!

    I was a little apprehensive about this trend at first too, until I decided to go outside of my comfort zone and try it. I really loved the way that it looked so much so that I’ve now incorporated this trend into my personal style. I posted a link from my album so you guys can see how it came out.

    It’s a really nice way to spice up your look, and like Anna has shown there are so many beautiful options that you can definitely find something that suits you style. Try it, you wont regret it!


    Simmy P.

  • Jessica Rodriguez

    Love this style for the summer!!!!!!!

  • Elizabeth Jade

    I love a good floral print piece, especially a pant. It says girlie, but not really. Love this! :)

  • Sarah Lawson

    I love these pants on you. I agree with the others, I’m too shy to pull them off, but you are great inspiration.

    Now to the wedding pictures. Not only is it the most beautiful wedding I’ve ever seen, but you’ve made me cry the last two days with how sweet it was. I’m dying to see tomorrow’s post about the reception.

  • Petra Zeller

    I love the floral pant. I also have pretty floral pant. I think this is a really most have this summer. You looking gorgeous Anna and its a amazing post. I

  • Bunhead

    I love these outfits Anna. The second look is my favorite. The wedges are so cute. And I agree with Sarah, your wedding pictures are sooooooo beautiful. They need to be in a magazine. Keep up the good work girl.

  • Haeri Kim

    The first outfit is really cute–very ladies who lunch–and I like the idea of the second one, but either the pants seem too tight or the print is not as forgiving around the thighs?

  • Jaclyn Schler

    Love that blue denim! Adorable!!

  • Tiffani Stuart

    My favorite is definitely the Polka Dot pants from Forever 21! They’re the most that are my style! I also love the Rachel Roy Palazzo pants, as well! And the cute floral ones you’re wearing in the top photo! I’m not sure that I’ll be doing this trend, this go around. I’m short & round.. This might not be the best thing for me to try, when I’m working on losing more weight! lol

  • Martin M

    Anna your combinations look perfect. You have to compare a printed pants with an unicolored short :) Still perfect. Love your looks!! xoxo

  • T Girl

    Anna I love both looks, but I think number 2 is my personal favorite. I really like the solid navy top. You look beautiful. Oh and BTW, been watching your wedding post like a hawk. How did you come up with so many creative ideas? Please plan my wedding. After I find a guy. lol

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  • Christina Graci

    I am SO into a highrise harem this season.

  • Giselle Escamilla

    I love!!!!! Thanks Anna!!!

  • Kelby Peachey

    I think you have to be careful to pick a pair that reflect pants and not ‘pajama pants’. I don’t go bold in pants, but in skirts. I think these rules apply to that as well. :)

    I currently have a craving for floral, pink, and polka dots. Oh ya, and white skinny jeans thanks to one of Anna’s other posts here on LC! Do I dare put them together? You bet!! I’d love it if you would check out my combo on my blog. :)



  • Larissa Wilhelm

    I’m loving the Polka Dot print from Forever 21 as well as the floral print from H&M. Thankfully tomorrow I get paid, because I think I’ll have to make a trip to the mall this weekend! :-) Great tips Anna!

  • Jill J.

    I am loving polka dot denim (I got a pair in the little girls section from Target) and Ikat prints.>

  • Andrea Presper

    I LOVE FLORAL PANTS. i would pair them with tan wedges, a white button down and a neon pink satchel or a brown satchel

  • Rebecca Lawson

    Love the floral print trouser from Zara!! Like you I like them best paired with my favorite pair of wedges. My favorite pants are anything with lots of floral prints!!! LOVE the fun flirty feel of floral pants with a cute blouse. I agree with you so much Anna!! Let your floral pants do the fashion for you! Keep it simple up top. Excellent post, AS ALWAYS!

    Love you girl!! Rebecca

  • Meghan Conard

    I love the faded 7 for all mankind pair–so adorable! Great post girl!


  • Charlotte Carmichael

    I love the polka dots! I’m personally looking fo a pair of bright pinks but I like the pretty floral ones too.

  • Rebecca Bakofsky
  • Steph Noble

    I love floral trousers, would actually wear them everyday! Well I kinda have to as its so cold here and I can’t wear anything more summery, but I am so glad they are in fashion! I love your posts, keep it up!!!

  • Kacie Trimble

    The polka dot pants from Forever 21 are so comfy. I love them.

  • Crystal Posner

    Love the floral print pants!!!

  • soupforthegirlysoul

    OMG i love the floral print pants! I wanted to buy some today but chickened out!

  • AnselSf

    Anna, you didn’t actually get to tell us “”how to””…

  • Emilie

    you always look so perfect anna!

    xo Emilie

    PS please visit my blog @

  • debora f

    printed pants are my obsession!!

  • Madison Montgomery

    I am IN LOVE with the first Zara trousers. Such a cute post! Can’t wait to get myself some printed pants. xoxo Madison.

  • Tori Sykes

    Loving these!

  • Martin M

    Printed pants are amazing! I love Annas looks. You have to pair a printed trouser with a simple short or blouze so that the trouser is the higlight of the look!! Greetings from Germany :) XOXO



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