"Party Pants" Are the Micro-Trend That's About to Take Over


Yep, "party pants" are the latest micro-trend to take hold in the fashion world and they're every bit as fun as you're thinking. Whether it be the checkerboard print jeans from indie labels Holiday the Label and Lisa Says Gah or the metallic and shimmer-coated trousers from Scandi brands Saks Potts and Hosbjerg, we're defining this loud and bright pants movement as "party pants". Because, after all, if we can't go out to actual parties right now, we might as well channel the fun-loving vibe in our wardrobes.

We've been noting a rise in a maximalist aesthetic and an overall nod to the '60s in all things fashion and home decor right now. Fashion girls are especially keen on playing around with bright colors and loud prints, but instead of sticking to one pop of color in outfits, it's becoming more popular to mix and match shades and prints. And voilà, printed pants are the trend everyone's building their maximalist outfits around, pairing them with everything from bright sweaters to easy basics.

If you want to see exactly what I mean, keep scrolling to fill up on styling ideas from the fashion people who are tackling the trend now. Of course, you'll want to peruse the shopping options that are defining the trend, too, which is why I've included a number of my favorite pairs below.


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These cow-print jeans from Lisa Says Gah have become an Instagram favorite, and our editor Yusra is also a fan.


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Checkerboard print is proving to be a huge motif for 2021 and these printed pants from Holiday the Label are a key buy.


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Newspaper print is a little unexpected, so it might just be the thing you were looking for to spice up your plain wardrobe basics.


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This wavy print is giving me retro '60s vibes, a decade that's a big source of inspiration for the fashion crowd lately.


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Metallic really takes the idea of "party pants" to the next level. Make them ultra-casual by wearing them with a graphic tee and flats.


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Here's how to infuse a bit of spring in your winter wardrobes.


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What did I tell you about retro florals? A pair of printed pants in a pastel hue is 100% the way to go.


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If you're feeling bold, mix and match the pants with other graphic prints for an eye-catching look.


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Your plain blue jeans could never.


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Pick one color from a multi-color print and match your top to it for one cohesive look.

Next up, see the six sandal trends I predict will define summer 2021.


Anna is an editor on the fashion team at Who What Wear and has been at the company for over five years, having begun her career in the Los Angeles office before relocating to New York, where she's currently based. Having always been passionate about pursuing a career in fashion, she built up her experience interning at the likes of Michael Kors, A.L.C., and College Fashionista before joining the team as a post-graduate assistant editor. Anna has penned a number of interviews with Who What Wear's cover stars over the years, including A-listers Megan Fox, Issa Rae, and Emma Chamberlain. She's earned a reputation for scouting new and emerging brands from across the globe and championing them to our audience of millions. While fashion is her main wheelhouse, Anna led the launch of WWW Travels last year, a new lifestyle vertical that highlights all things travel through a fashion-person lens. She is passionate about shopping vintage, whether it be at a favorite local outpost or an on-the-road discovery, and has amassed a wardrobe full of unique finds. When she's not writing, you can find her shooting street imagery on her film camera, attempting to learn a fourth or fifth language, or planning her next trip across the globe.