From tailored trousers to skinny cigarette pants, to ripped jeans and leather leggings; over the past years pants have predominantly been worn in block colours. What’s more, they’d become something of a basic: frequently worn as a subtle item, while attention was focussed on increasingly-detailed tops, jackets, dresses, and skirts.

In 2010, pants are getting their own back.

As one of the Spring 2010 fashion trends printed and patterned pants are bringing us a whole range of new wardrobe options.

Balenciaga Spring/Summer 2010 patterned pants

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Catwalk Trend: Statement Trousers
Catwalk Trend: Statement Trousers
Catwalk Trend: Statement Trousers
Catwalk Trend: Statement Trousers
Catwalk Trend: Statement Trousers
Catwalk Trend: Statement Trousers
Catwalk Trend: Statement Trousers
Catwalk Trend: Statement Trousers
Catwalk Trend: Statement Trousers
Catwalk Trend: Statement Trousers
Catwalk Trend: Statement Trousers
Catwalk Trend: Statement Trousers
Catwalk Trend: Statement Trousers
Catwalk Trend: Statement Trousers
Catwalk Trend: Statement Trousers
Catwalk Trend: Statement Trousers
Catwalk Trend: Statement Trousers
Catwalk Trend: Statement Trousers
Catwalk Trend: Statement Trousers
Catwalk Trend: Statement Trousers
Catwalk Trend: Statement Trousers
Catwalk Trend: Statement Trousers
Catwalk Trend: Statement Trousers
Catwalk Trend: Statement Trousers
Catwalk Trend: Statement Trousers
Catwalk Trend: Statement Trousers
Catwalk Trend: Statement Trousers
Catwalk Trend: Statement Trousers
Catwalk Trend: Statement Trousers
Catwalk Trend: Statement Trousers
Catwalk Trend: Statement Trousers
Catwalk Trend: Statement Trousers
Catwalk Trend: Statement Trousers
Catwalk Trend: Statement Trousers
Catwalk Trend: Statement Trousers
Catwalk Trend: Statement Trousers
Catwalk Trend: Statement Trousers
Catwalk Trend: Statement Trousers
Catwalk Trend: Statement Trousers
Catwalk Trend: Statement Trousers

Patterned pants: styles and prints

Stripes, florals, graphic prints and abstract shapes. Bright and bold, or subtle and sophisticated. Almost anything goes when it comes to trouser prints in 2010.

And cuts? Again, the choice is yours. Skinny like Balenciaga or free flowing like Roberto Cavalli are both strong styles. Some takes, like those from DKNY and Etro, are so relaxed they fall more under the category of loungewear (further blurring the line between underwear and outerwear). But the style we expect to see more of on the streets – at least more immediately – is a toned-down take on the harem pant, relaxed at the hips and tapered in to the ankles.

Avoid: boot-cuts and flares; fabrics that are too heavy. Lighter fabrics work best for Spring.

For pictures of the different styles and prints seen on the runways, see the inspiration gallery below.

How to wear printed pants

  • Don’t be afraid to mix patterns. Clashing prints can give a sense of careless charm. Just don’t overdo it or you’ll risk looking clown-like.
  • Bold prints will draw attention to your lower-half, so if it’s not the best part of your figure avoid skinny cuts and try for relaxed fits instead
  • If going for a loose fit pant, pair with either a fitted top; or a baggier top that’s part tucked in, part untucked for a nonchalant look.
  • The right pair of relaxed pants is perfect for a 1940s loungewear look. Add soft waves, red lips, and chunky cocktail rings.
  • For a young, urban look try 80’s inspired graphic prints like those at Topshop Unique. As an investment however, bear in mind that this style will be more short-lived.
  • If sophistication is more your goal, look for tailored, high-waisted styles like those seen at Matthew Williamson and Luella. Wear them with a sharp pair of heels.

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