If you're ready to refresh your wardrobe and give some of your timeless essentials a rest, we have an of-the-moment piece with personality to spare: printed trousers. Less intense than a matchy suit, but a sartorial step up from floral or paisley jeans, these eye-catching pants have the ability to instantly wake up an otherwise neutral outfit or add additional interest to an equally bold pattern. Cropped at the ankle or just above, and featuring a slim, straight-leg silhouette, printed pants are both flattering and perfect for showcasing a knockout shoe. Read on for top-notch styling suggestions, courtesy of Sienna Miller, Margherita Missoni, and more.
On the Runways
Vivienne Tam Look 7 from F/W 12 collection
The addition of a menswear-inspired camel coat tempers the lively prints featured on the top and trousers.
Get The Look: Vanessa BrunoStand-Up Collar Coat ($901); Topshop Mohair Boyfriend Coat ($178); Lovers + Friends Duo Sweater ($110); Boden Tapered Jacquard Crop Pants ($198); Topshop Jacquard Pants ($90).
At the Variety Performers Brunch during the Hamptons International Film Festival earlier this month, Sienna Miller kept her Sea NY Cravat Print Trousers ($413) in the spotlight by pairing them with understated basics. A white button-up blouse, navy cardigan, and red ballet flats bring a little polish to her silky trousers, but are understated enough to ensure the pants remain the focal point of Miller's look.
Get The Look: Madewell Bookshop Cardigan ($80); Gap Boyfriend Pocket Shirt ($60); J.Crew Café Printed Silk-Twill Capri Pants ($298); Zara Scarf Print Trousers ($60).
A mix of stunning '70s-inspired hues set fashion blogger Hanneli Mustaparta apart from the fashion pack at the Mulberry S/S 13 show during LFW back in September. While her green Acne Ruth Twist Sweater ($270) and petrol blue Mulberry Del Rey Bag ($1500) certainly punch up her look, the success of this ensemble lies in the fact that those colors complement her vintage, mustard, geometric-print trousers perfectly.
Get The Look: Rachel Comey Back Button Sweater ($345); Tibi Asher Skinny Pants ($288) in Dijon Multi; Old Navy Bold-Pattern Twill Pants ($13); DKNY Beekman French Grain Satchel ($325).
Margherita Missoni is a prints pro, and it just so happens patterned trousers are her forte. Consider the Aspesi cuffed plaid pants she wore to the Katie Grand for Hogan party in Milan last month, for example. Not one to shy away from the unexpected, the fashion heiress styled her pants with a color-blocked leather jacket--specifically, Missoni's Paneled Leather and Calf Hair Jacket ($5825)--and Tabitha Simmons bejeweled heels for a look that is rich with both texture and trends.
Get The Look: ASOS Contrast Leather Bomber Jacket ($144); 10 Crosby Derek Lam Houndstooth Cropped Flare Pants ($375); Gap Slim Cropped Plaid Pants ($50); Moschino Cheap and Chic Crystal-Embellished Suede Pumps ($595); Zara High Heel Vamp Shoes ($129).
Spotted at the Frieze Art Fair in London earlier this month, Russian gallerist and Garage magazine editor Dasha Zhukova caught our eye in Chloe's Cropped Checked Pants ($995) and Chunky-Knit Merino Wool Sweater ($995). The thick knit lends a cool casualness to the tailored trousers, while her white Celine heels offer a striking finish.
Get The Look: Vince Ribbed Boat Neck Sweater ($285); Pendleton Galway Pullover Sweater ($130); Juicy Couture Eton Plaid Pants ($198); D.E.P.T. Woven Check Trousers ($111); Nicolas Carrie Snake d'Orsay Pumps ($259) in White.
To celebrate stylist Katie Grand's accessories collection for Hogan in Milan last month, Uniqueness designer Alessandra Facchinetti selected the Jasmine Blouse ($311) and Buoy Pants ($453) from her current collection. The mix of proportions at play here is completely on-point, as the voluminous top is the perfect balance to her slim trousers and sleek heels.
Get The Look: Charles Anastase Julie Shirt ($485); J.Crew Café Floral-Print and Wool and Silk-Blend Capri Pants ($595); Clover Canyon Geo Filigree Cropped Pants ($246).--Jessica Baker