Printed Pants: From Simple to Smashing

You Pick Wednesday

For this week’s You Pick Wednesday a reader asked on Facebook for ideas on how to wear her new printed pants. This particular pair from Old Navy are adorable and can be paired so many different ways. Below you’ll find four different outfits, at least one of which you’re sure to love!


1. Pair them with a sold colored top. Chambray is a sure thing for a casual look but if you’re looking to be a bit more dressy just add a solid colored shirt. For these pants I would go with pink, emerald, red, or another shade of blue. Throw on a necklace that sits right under the shirt collar and pops against the shirt color and you’ve added some visual interest to your blouse without going too crazy. Sandals make it casual but if you add a pair of heels or wedges you’ve got a more office-appropriate look.

Printed pants with chambray shirt and Bauble Bar necklace

Shirt | Pants | Shoes | Necklace

Outfit total = $100


2.  Another color that goes well with navy or blue is yellow. Old Navy has these AMAZING boucle jackets in multiple colors. The blue one would also go nicely with these pants but for more visual interest the yellow is a great complimentary and spring-y color. Add a tie-neck blouse instead of a necklace and some nude wedges and you have the perfect spring outfit for the office. Not a fan of the boucle jacket? Try a yellow cardigan instead!


Old Navy polka dot printed pants with Old Navy boucle jacket


Jacket | Shirt | Pants | Shoes | Earrings

Outfit total = $154


3. We all know I love pairing stripes with polka dots and it’s honestly one of the easiest ways to dip your toe into pattern mixing. In this case the shirt has blue stripes in it which play off the different blues in the pants. Wearing the bright cardigan over the top only gives you a strip of stripes (say that 5 times fast) so your eye isn’t overwhelmed by the two patterns. This outfit would be perfect for a casual Friday or a weekend out and about.


Old Navy polka dot printed pants with Old Navy striped tank and cardigan

Cardigan | Tank | Pants | Shoes | Necklace

Outfit total = $106


4. But if you really want to go crazy with the pattern mixing, I’m loving this floral blazer from Forever 21. It has two different shades of blues, yellows, and reds all of which go great with the blues in the pants. And because the pattern of the pants is tiny the bold floral pattern doesn’t compete with it the same way a smaller floral print might. The striped heels balance out the bold pattern on the top by bookending the pants with more pattern.  But if that feels like too much to you, nude heels or flats are a perfectly acceptable option. This outfit is bound to get you compliments in the office! Not feeling the floral blazer? A solid colored one in any of the colors in this floral one would also pair just as nicely with the pants.

Old Navy polka dot printed pants with Forever 21 floral blazer

Blazer | Shirt | Pants | Shoes | Earrings

Outfit total = $174


So, thoughts on printed pants? Would you wear them? Which of the above outfits is your favorite?


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23 replies on “Printed Pants: From Simple to Smashing

  1. Tiffany

    I’m a huge fan of printed pants! I love the last look (all the great print mixing) but probably wouldn’t be bold enough to try it. I think the chambray and the striped tank with cardigan are the most wearable. You could not go wrong with any of them!


  2. VeeApps

    Thanks much Erin! I had almost forgotten about my question. Haha! Love love these ideas. Definitely going to try them all!!!

  3. Anne

    Thank you for this! I don’t have printed pants (like colored pants, obviously they seem like too much for me), but I do have a pair of printed shorts! All I can think to do is pair them with a solid, so maybe I’ll try some of your tips! I like the look with the striped top – it’s cool how it pulls in color from both the pants and the sweater.

    1. Erin @ Loop Looks Post author

      I don’t have printed pants, either (unless you count my lace ones) but, like you, I have printed shorts. I was actually thinking about selling them but now I’ve actually inspired myself!

  4. Katie of Alaskan Weredork

    dude and just when I said I wasn’t going to shop at old navy any more, you had to go and post that adorable jacket. (And it’s the perfect shade of yellow as well!) I love polka dot pants, they’re really fun but I need to be better and wear them a little more often. I really like the idea of pair yellow with these, I will have to try that sometime.

  5. Mrs C

    I’ve been on the side line forever when it comes to printed pants.. I love them on others but cannot see them on me. It took me a long time to go with colored bottom and I wonder if I will ever jump on the printed bottom wagon. Love your pairing and accessories

    MRS JACK OF ALL TRADES (a fashion and life-style blog)

  6. Jess

    I like them in theory, but on me they always end up looking like pj pants. I’ve bought and returned the ones you have featured here, plus some really cute navy skinny crops with tiny white anchors from Gap- I just couldn’t get “sleepwear” out of my head.

    1. Erin @ Loop Looks Post author

      I bought a pair from Old Navy last year but they just didn’t fit me right. I think fit is essential otherwise, you’re right, they can totally scream pjs!

  7. Krystal

    I love the colored denim trend, though I haven’t quite gathered the kahunas to rock the printed pant yet. I think I’m going to try something simple like the one’s you feature here.

    Good luck on this weeks’ Links A La Mode!

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