It is no secret that international and domestic runways are digging the printed pants trend. An interesting break from the skinnies and the denims, these pants come in a number of variants such as leggings, palazzo and dhoti pants. Designer Surily Goel says, “Printed pants could suit all body types depending on the style of pants, size and pattern of print.”
So whether you're a pear, round or apple body shape, this trend is sure to transform your predictable look and add a touch of quirkiness. While there are billowy printed pants available, our suggestion is opt for the cropped and tapered look, because it flaunts the curves. However, designer Nikhil Thampi adds a word of caution saying, “It depends on the print and the style of the pants. Someone with a heavy lower half will not be able to carry off big or loud prints. For them, I would suggest going for soft, small and soothing prints in pastel colours. Preferably floral or block prints.”
A bit like the coloured denim look, printed trousers can be overwhelming but if you team them right, it is a look that can take you from day to night. Nikhil adds, “Prints can be worn in several styles depending on how experimental you are. We have seen prints on prints (floral with animal) which to my surprise look fabulous. One could also team a basic solid-coloured top with printed pants to give the print more emphasis. Style it with a leather or a short jacket which will make for an interesting look.”
Printed pants can be worn with a simple tank or a solid netural colour top with a scarf. Wear this trend to the movies, lunches or even a dinner date. Shradha Murarka, designer, elaborates on ways to accessorise the look.
“Add a pair of wedges, pumps or even flats for a bolder look. A black tank top and formal blazer would work perfectly with military or camouflage printed pants, with the addition of chunky metallic hand accessories and a simple long metallic chain,” she says. You can accessorise with a neckpiece or bangles to make it boho chic — just don't go overboard, remember to let the pants be the star of the outfit.