Have you noticed that everywhere you go, people are wearing printed trousers? It’s a unique fashion trend that has only recently caught on, and any similarity with 70’s wide legged, high waisted, psychedelic coloured versions should be ignored. Today’s printed trousers are a much more sophisticated affair, in expensive fabrics such as pure silk, and more controlled patterns, repeated for a simply classier style.
Printed trousers can add a real colour burst to your wardrobe, without looking over the top, and are a change to wearing dresses or skirts. There is also the new trend of pairing printed trousers with matching items such as jackets and shirts, although some people think that this gives the look of a walking piece of wallpaper. If you are not brave enough to wear co-ordinating prints, then simply by choosing a pair of printed trousers can set you above the fashion pack in terms of style and the current trend.
Designer labels particularly lend themselves to creating good looking pieces, and we believe this is where you should start your search for the perfect pair of printed pants. Here are our suggestions:
- Isabel Marant – Mendel printed crepe pants – £365
Isabel Marant’s Mendel printed crepe pants are a perfect example of how an all-over print works so well on printed trousers. The wide leg is allows for a flattering silhouette, and the off-white and cherry-red trousers are made in crepe and unlined for a flowing finish.
A firm favourite of the Duchess of Cambridge, Erdem Moralioglu delved into textile archives of the Victoria and Albert Museum to create a fabulous and unique pattern, and he describes this one as a ‘toxic pastel’ jacquard. These trousers feature a high-rise cut and skinny leg.
You can really go to town with motifs on printed trousers, and this fun anchor print is a fine example. Created from a silky smooth twill finish, perfect for a nautical look. Team with white tees or shirts and a blazer to keep in with the blue and white theme.
A gorgeous turquoise colour gives way to a fabulously elaborate pattern on these Tory Burch ‘Walton’ pants. Made from a cool and comfortable stretch-cotton piqué, the pattern has a slight raise to it to give a more textured feel.
if you are looking for the ideal pajama style pants then this pair from Etro are classy and sophisticated. The elegant paisley print is enhanced by the silky wide legged bottoms, ensuring you turn heads wherever you are partying.
Peter Pilotto has certainly made a name for himself in the last year, and become a firm favourite with celebrities on both sides of the pond. Make a statement with this iconic pair of pants, in his trademark digital prints. Made from a lightweight printed stretch-crepe to endure a comfortable fit.
Florals never go out of fashion and this pair, from Clements Ribeiro embraces all that is fabulous with spring and summer. The washed-silk pants feature bold prints of red and white carnations, lilies and foxgloves and you even get an elasticated waist that adds to the extra comfort factor.
Finally, instantly recognisable as this flamboyant designer’s work, this pair are definitely our favourite. The gorgeous use of colour with a leopard print and complimented by an elaborate design can only mean that this is a Roberto Cavalli creation.
All trousers available from Net-a-Porter.