This season is all about making a statement with your slacks! TODAY style editor and Bobbie.com's Bobbie Thomas shares tips for tackling the trend.
From dainty dresses to printed pumps, beautiful blooms are everywhere this spring, including pants! But have no fear — wearing a floral print on the bottom can be easier to pull off than you might think. Smaller scale prints are more subtle and can have a blurred textured effect, while faded, soft watercolor motifs are muted and easy to wear as well (Insight Romance ‘Rundown’ Jean $88, UrbanOutfitters.com).
While some bold florals can overwhelm, the trick is to find the right placement and pattern for your figure. Large, high contrast flowers can be a great tool for grabbing attention, while strategically positioned dark patches can create a slimming effect (Curve Floral Print Capri $71.62, Asos.com). If it’s an option, adding a matching blazer can actually help elongate your frame. If not, be sure to balance the bottom with something complimentary yet striking on top- such as a bold necklace, scarf or lipstick.
From Ikat prints to rich earth tone patterns, tribal-inspired styles work well on women of all ages. Think safari-chic to create an ensemble with timeless appeal.
Wild but tame, the organic colors that compose these prints are sophisticated and can be mixed with neutrals and sometimes animal prints. Look no further than easy breezy palazzo pants (Guess Animal Palazzo Pant $98, Bloomingdales.com). As for what to wear on top, pick out a secondary color from the print and use that for inspiration. Sometimes pairing with the most dominant color in a print can sometimes read as "matchy matchy". If you prefer a more streamlined look, a printed legging can offer just a touch of the trend peeking out from under a tunic. Among other styles, Topshop offers a classic black and white "Native Block" print in a range of sizes including maternity and petite (Aztec Print Leggings $40, Topshop.com).
Last but not least, office-going gals will be glad to know that there are work-appropriate prints out there too. Whether you're into preppy chic or geometric motifs, patterns that are clean and repetitive look polished and professional. You can also be savvy when it comes to silhouettes, and look for smart tailored pieces to ‘dress’ up the design. To make a fresh summer print feel a little more serious, add sharp accents such as patent shoes, belt, or gold jewelry (Tie Print Trousers $49.90, Zara.com).