How to style printed pants
Printed pants are not for the faint of heart because they can really make a really bold statement. While drawstring hipster Aztec prints were all the rage a few years ago, there are now a lot more choices in terms of prints and patterns as well as tailored silhouettes for work.
To get more mileage out of your printed pants, pick one in a colour that matches the rest of your wardrobe so that you have more outfit variations.
Here are some tips from Ms Renyung Ho, 30, co-founder of fashion brand Matter, on how to style printed pants:
Ã¢â‚¬Â¢ Go beyond the tank top
Contrast silhouettes and textures for an unexpected element, such as a black bodysuit with linen pants or a silk shirt with a chambray cotton piece.
Ã¢â‚¬Â¢ The Law of Three
The Law of Three is about anchoring an outfit with a third accessory or item that ties two different pieces together. It could be a gold sandal with a monochrome top and bottom print, or a basket weave cross-body bag that connects your printed bottom and plain top.
Finding visual connections between a top and bottom with your third piece gels your whole outfit together.
Ã¢â‚¬Â¢ Challenge your style
If you have a minimalist style, go bold by pairing your plain T-shirt with a printed pair of pants. If you have a colourful wardrobe and like to push the envelope, style your printed pants with a printed top.
Ã¢â‚¬Â¢ Dress it up
Style your asymmetrical pants with a dress shirt for a more formal look, or pair a flowy pair of pants with a silk blouse for a day-to-night look.
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A version of this story was originally published in The Straits Times on July 21, 2016. For more stories like this, head to www.straitstimes.com/lifestyle.