Printed Pants: Fab Style Or Fashion Faux Pas?

April 12, 2012  |  
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Celebrity Stylist June Ambrose, Rihanna, Beyonce and Solange have been caught sporting fun, vibrant bottoms with prints varying from floral patterns to polka dots and even vintage camouflage. However, like every good thing, there’s always a way to do it—and a way to do it better. Check out these celebrities (and a few non-celebs) who have pulled off the printed pant trend well, and take notes from those that weren’t as lucky.

Fab Style

Beyonce was spotted a few weeks ago rocking these floral pants, a bright pump and a black loose button-up. Usually, bold floral prints are difficult to pull off on more voluptuous shapes since they draw more attention to the bottom half, making that area look larger rather than slimming. However, if you’re like me and could care less about camouflaging your God-given curves, grab a well fitted floral pant and a pair of sharp heels and hit the streets.

Fab Style

Alicia Keys was spotted in February wearing these black denim pants with white paint spots. Paired with a plain white top and black leather jacket, the ensemble coordinates well, making the pants the focal point, and a total style steal. Have an old pair of denim jeans at home? This look can easily be recreated by cutting a few slits in the front of the jean, washing them, and then splattering white paint on the pants in random motions. Let them dry of course and voila! You’ve got this look for less than $5.

Fab Style

Who says plus size ladies can’t indulge in the same trends as our less curvy counterparts? This fashion blogger pulls off the printed pant brilliantly with a polka dot harem pant and black and white blazer. I love how she uses just black and white to build the entire outfit, and accents with red accessories and makeup. The printed pant in harem form draws more attention into the waist, creating a well defined shape. Total fab style! For your own styling, try pairing pants like this with a denim shirt or a  white camisole and black blazer.

Fab Style

Fashion critics have spent their fair share of time criticizing Keri Hilson, but she silenced them with these adorable floral printed pants. Complimented by Cole Haan Lunargrand wing tip shoes and a sheer white button up, Keri exemplifies the perfect way to pull off this spring fave. Pear shapes like Keri can play up their shape by wearing smaller prints like this one for an effortless, haute look. Woohoo Keri!

Fashion Faux Pas

We all know Amber Rose, AKA queen of racy outfits, as the media maven who doesn’t mind being caught in-style. This time, however, we’ve managed to catch her on the outs with chic, making this ensemble a serious fashion faux pas. Lots of urban clothing store chains have recently started to carry printed leggings, sometimes featuring metallic or neon colors. Just because they sell it, does not mean you should buy it! Unless you’re planning on going on tour with the OMG Girls or making a seriously bad impression on a stranger, leave the metallic printed leggings for next year’s Halloween costume.

Fashion Faux Pas

Where do I begin? No, seriously, where do I begin? That’s what I think when I look at this outfit. Separately, each of these pieces are fabulous, but when you pair the bright colors on top with the black and white on bottom, throw some black tights and white heels into the mix, it creates way too many distractions. To avoid a fashion faux pas like this in the future, let the pants speak for themselves and let strong accent pieces be silent.

 

Fashion Faux Pas

Ri Ri and Nicki are known for wearing off the wall, unforgiving pieces such as the neon abstract tights featured here. So, unless you’re planning on shooting your own music video or attending the premiere of the return of “In Living Color,” leave the neon tights to the performers. Neon yellow, however, is making a comeback, just choose pieces which feature it in moderation.

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