September 5, 2014 - Easy Outfits, Style

Easy Outfits | How to Wear Printed Pants

Want to instantly update your work wear wardrobe?  Just add printed pants.

Solid black, khaki and navy pants and skirts have long been the (yawn, boring) standard for work wear. But your tops shouldn’t get to have all of the fun.  Today I’m going to show you two easy ways to pair up printed bottoms.

If this trend is slightly outside of your comfort zone, start out with a pair in neutral colors with a smaller print.  You can work your way up to bolder colors and bigger patterns from there.

I highly recommend a slim fitting ankle pant.  They flatter all body types and give your work wear a more modern silhouette.

1. Keep it Simple.

Pair your printed pants up with a simple solid blouse that you can leave out or tuck in.  Add a long necklace and low heel for a work wear look that’s sure to wow.

Work Wear Outfit 8

The Pieces:  Blouse/Earrings/Necklace/Watch/Purse/Pants/Heels

2. Mix it Up.

Subtle pattern mixing gives your basics, like a white button down and cardigan,  a fresh new look.  Leopard plays well with others and works with just about any other print.

Work Outfit 4

The Pieces:  Cardigan/Blouse/Necklace/Watch/Purse/Pants/Heels

Printed Pants Options

[Tailored Ankle Pant]

[Plaid Ankle Pant]

[Printed Pant]

As you may have guessed, printed pants are one of the items on the Work Your Work Wear Challenge shopping list.  Here’s some great examples of ways the ladies in the challenge paired theirs up this past week.

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  • Love these! You have such a knack for mixing things up! Have a great weekend!
    xo, Whitney and Blaire
    Peaches In A Pod

    • Thanks sweet friend! Have a great weekend as well.

  • Great tips 🙂


    • Thanks Rachelle! 🙂

  • Liz

    Can’t believe those pants are from Target and super affordable! I’m totally guilty of wearing boring pants to work, today khaki but it’s usually grey or black. These are way more fun!

    • Aren’t they great? Printed pants can make such a difference to a work outfit!

  • Wow you’re such a whiz at mixing it up and coming up FABULOUS….have a weekend as lovely as you Alison!!!!


    • Thank you Rebecca. I have so much fun putting styles together! Have a beautiful weekend.

  • I just bought some printed pants. I LOVE that first look! I think I need a sweater in that colour of orange.

    Great mixes.


    • It’s a great color to have for the fall. I can’t wait to see you put it all together!

  • Love look #1 ! Orange is always perfect for fall

    Cha Cha The Fashion Genius

    • I agree Charnele. I love look #1 too!

  • I used to have a ton of printed pants, but I don’t have any right now?!? I love them and need to get some asap!

    • Printed pants are so fun! Have fun shopping. 🙂

  • Thank you for styling the printed pant! I haven’t purchase a pair yet, but now that I know how to wear them, I will be on the lookout. I’m really missing not doing the work wear challenge – looking forward to the next one!

    • You will enjoy having this style in your wardrobe. I can’t wait to have you join the next work wear challenge! 🙂

  • I love those Merona pants! And they look great with orange ! I think I need to add a pair of printed ankle pants to my closet today! Susan

    • Aren’t they great? Hope you enjoyed shopping for a printed ankle pant today! 😉

  • Great styling tips! I’ve been catching up on your blog with my evening glass of wine. 🙂 Congrats on your best selling book and I hope you had a wonderful birthday!!!

    • Thank you Stephanie. Hope you enjoyed your glass! Cheers!

  • I agree you should keep it simple. I never would have thought about pairing leopard shoes with printed pants.

    • Leopard shoes with the printed pants work well together! 🙂