Rue Road Test: 3 Ways to Wear Printed Pants

My floral pants have been practically banging down my closet door since the first blades of grass poked through the snow. And with daylight savings behind us, I fully intend on rocking them every which way – effective immediately. That is, until (let’s face it) I eventually cut them into jorts, which is the inevitable end of the life cycle for all denim. Here, three different ways to rock the trend:

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With denim. This look is perfect for running errands during the day. Slip them on with a white V-neck and jean jacket or a chambray button-up and fresh Keds, and you’re ready to make some serious moves. Warning: This look can go Michelle Tanner faster than you can say “You got it, dude,” if paired with the wrong hairstyle or accessories, so avoid high ponytails and keep it casual, not cutesy.

With a blazer. Make printed bottoms office-appropriate by pairing them with a blazer and some smart pumps. I love the pattern play a striped lining creates at the cuffs when they’re rolled. Don’t be afraid of mixing floral with a flash of another print.

With leather. I can’t get enough of the juxtaposition of a soft, girly print with some gritty leather. The gunmetal hardware with a pair of sky-high black suede wedges will take this trend right from day into night.

By Grace Romanowsky, Staff Writer

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March 14, 2013