Style by Claire Lopez

Printed Trousers – are you in?

I never really had myself down as a printed trouser sort of girl, but I think I was a little hasty. I can definitely see the appeal of a lightweight loose fitting trouser (not in a Rohan sort of way) for the summer. I have worn a wide legged plain pair of trousers a lot more than I thought, so a printed pair is just the summer update. And with a whole host of styles to choose from – cropped, wide legs, tapered legs – there is something for everyone.

Hush has these Relaxed Printed Trousers £45 which come in two different, lovely prints. Tropical Leaves.

And Botanical. I love the way they are both styled either with a t or cami- tucked in so you don’t lose all semblance of  waist. Layer over a denim jacket or a leather one when it gets cooler. There isn’t a huge amount of stock and sizes are limited annoyingly.

Monsoon has these Palm Print Linen Joggers £49.oo. Another goodie for holidays.

They also have the Jane Printed Trouser £49.00. Not totally in love with the styling here, but an elasticated waist almost sells them despite that. Go with the Hush styling and then I think you are on to a winner.

If it’s something a bit less floral that you are after, then Fat Face has a couple of options: Savannah Geo Tapered Trousers £35. I like the Ikat design, which although is fairly traditional, it also manages to look modern at the same time.

There are also these Giraffe Printed Trousers £35 which are actually quite fun. Definitely a good one for holidays too. You don’t want to pair them with the matching top, if you don’t want to look too literally safari-esque. A simple black cami would do the trick to sharpen them up.

The beauty about these types of trouser, is that you don’t just have to wear with flat sandals or espadrilles, you can also add a heel, up the ante on the jewels front and even don a sleek blazer and you will look the part for a night on the tiles.

Over at H&M, animal is the order of the day with these Zebra Print Jersey Trousers £12.99. Now while I love these, but I most certainly don’t love the leopard print ones. Too much.

For a more high-fashion take on the look, the palazzo or wide leg is where it’s at and naturally enough Zara has the look. My favourites are these Printed Palazzo Trousers £39.99. You can go the whole hog and buy the matching top but most of us would stick with a trouser which is statement enough on its own.

They also have these Wide Frilled Trousers £39.99. Think the frill may be a step too far and probably one best off for those of you with height on your side. Cannot see these getting my husband’s seal of approval… What is in their favour, is a gorgeous print.

These Tropical Print Trousers £29.99 are another lovely print. If you going to buy into this wide-legged look, then you need to keep the top half small with a fairly neat top as all the volume is down below. Tucking the top in will help to define your waist and works nicely with a more voluminous trouser silhouette.

The Flowing Tulips Trousers £29.99 would be a super evening option with some killer heels.

If you are after something a bit more special then The Outnet has these Saloni Fifi Silk Printed Wide Leg Trousers £145 (reduced from £290). Beautifully styled here with a black silk shirt. Although I reckon I would tuck the whole thing in or go for a tie waist style. Small problem is that they are only in a size 8 but that is the Outnet for you. Over at Net-a-Porter there are lots to choose from but north of £500.

If you are on the shorter side, then a cropped style may be a better bet, like these Erica Print Trousers £89 from Mint Velvet.

Finery has these Hervey Hungarian Floral Culottes £69 which are only available in 6 and 8 but John Lewis also stocks Finery so you could try there too.

Or Rixo has 1 left in a small of its Ashley Trouser £155.

Just goes to show that you have to buy the things you want when you don’t want them. Because when you do need them, you may well be scrabbling around to find one in your size. Case in point: printed trousers.

 

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