Graphic prints are still oh-so major this season but no more so than when emblazoned over a cool pair of tailored, palazzo or seventies bell pants. A key S/S13 piece, eye-catching designs with retro or geometric influences have been spotted all over the catwalks, with otherworldy looks and trompe l’oeil prints powering designers like Peter Pilotto and Mary Katrantzou to the top of the pack. But, it’s beautiful blooms that have really blossomed on the high street with cropped cigarette trousers and gypsy flares creating a contemporary way to wear those seasonally expected florals.
What’s great about printed pants is that they playfully divide the boundaries between masculine and feminine style codes. Artistic and girly patterns add a soft slice of femininity to sports luxe-inspired styles and boyish trousers, whilst oversized daisies and bohemian paisley prints allude to a more free spirited female vibe. A fast becoming staple piece for street style snaps and #ootd bloggers, heavily patterned trousers have been spotted donning the pins of everyone from Selena Gomez to Olivia Palermo.
Whatever your style or budget may be, think op-art ’60s patterns or chunky monochrome checks in order to really work this trend for spring/summer. Mix up your day-to-day looks by teaming them with everything from chic button-down blouses to colourful crops and basic tees. Here are six styles I’m coveting…
Words © Francine Heath.
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