August 28, 2019
This is actually a post in support of the usefulness of the Weekly Timeless Wardrobe! Once a heroine has those neutral pieces in hand, adding something fun like these pants is much more practical; she will have a ton of ways to wear them immediately.
What makes these pants work? A neutral background (I prefer the dark neutral here, but in hot weather a light neutral background makes sense too), the 2nd neutral included in the print, as well as one of her accent colors…
I feel like the white tee shirt (or other white top) needs something other than black for shoes, in order to balance the look of everything. You may not agree…
This is an outfit I would wear every week:
I really love this red watch…
If our heroine wants to tone things down, she doesn’t need to include a ton of red in her outfit. She really doesn’t need to include any!
Depending on the weather, the weight of the fabric in the pants, and how comfortable our heroine is with this idea, these pants can be worn well into cooler weather. Opaque tights under them will be both warm and give her a nice long line down to the tips of her toes!
Sometimes you have to break out the floral shoes!
A scoop-neck sweater with the sleeves pushed up to mid-forearm can be worn much of the year – especially cool evenings…
If your pants aren’t flimsy and gauzy, you could wear them well into the autumn! Who says florals are only for spring and summer? Cold weather is when we need to see flowers!
This sweater/blazer is SO tempting… I could see it worn all kinds of ways, all winter long…
The floral pants bring some life, and whimsy, to an otherwise very classic outfit:
And yes, heroines don’t only wear black!
I have a pair of dotted pants that are a nice weight to wear on mild autumn (or even winter) days; I must remember to pull them off the rack more often!
Would you dare wear printed pants in cold weather?
p.s. 4 years ago, the wardrobe of the day was built around a gorgeous floral scarf!
I have been focusing intently on the WTW. With much success, by the way. This post is a useful training aid. Prints are still an issue for me and I have just come to terms with this weeks print or textured top. Would not have done it without your coaching. Thanks. I think, for me one of the more subdued prints on the pants would work. The soft Glenn plaid looks nice. Just personal preference. Thanks again.
I absolutely LOVE the floral pants! I have a slim fitting pair that are above the ankle that fit perfectly into my WTW and I’m so excited for the addition! And I wear them in the winter, I just add tall boots to address the shorter length and nobody is the wiser.
Several winter’s back, I wore a black tapered trouser which had a small red and white floral print which I styled with a white blouse and black ballet flats. I wasn’t particularly taken with the overall look as it made my legs look shorter and my mid-section a bit bigger than usual, but I wore them anyway. Needless to say, my husband did not like the trousers at all (he never usually comments about my outfits), so I never wore them again. Maybe a different cut, colour and pattern would have been better as I do like the idea of the printed trouser. You have certainly convinced me today with all your examples and I would love to see some more outfits using the other variations of colours shown and maybe a pair with a lighter neutral background for the warmer months? Fantastic post Janice.
I have a pair of black silk printed pants that I usually wear as pajamas but occasionally wear for a night out! Makes for efficient packing!
Book Goddess says
One of your best posts ever! It is so helpful to see one memorable piece styled in a number of ways. And the accessories are wonderful, especially that Skagen watch.
I immediately asked myself, why don’t I have any printed black pants? So I went in search of some with slimmer legs which suit me better. I found a pair in very similar colors on final clearance at Chico’s and decided to go for it. Looking forward to styling them based on your inspiring ideas!
Deborah Singh-Boos says
I don’t have a black printed pants but a black/white/grey abstract print maxi skirt and these suggestions have given me additional ways to wear the skirt. I really enjoy these posts the most. Thanks Janice.
The link to the white sweater is incorrect
I have a pair of black and white menswear plaid that have a small strip of bright turquoise, bright pink and mustard yellow running through them. I love to wear those year ‘round. But, I’m in a warmer climate – even our winters are not horrible compared to the midwest or northern US.
Cynthia Schmitz says
The link to the lovely white sweater also shown in the final picture goes to the floral shoes. I hope you can link it correctly. Live your blog. Thanks for all your hard work.
Mary Katherine says
You were talking to me today! I just got my 5th pair of Chico’s print pants and I LOVE them- wear at least one pair per week, all year- SO versatile, and comfy as pajamas. They’re becoming known as my signature style…
Cynthia Schmitz says
The link to the white sweater which is also shown in the summary picture, goes to the floral shoes. I’d love to know where to purchase the sweater. Thanks for all your hard work. I have learned so much from you!
Cathy T says
OMG, those brown plaid OC pants!!!. I would love to add those to my wardrobe, they are the perfect transition piece from summer shades to winter!!! I would have loved the cheetahs if they were randomly scattered through the design!
I do have patterned slacks – I find dots or menswear plaid or chalkstripe easier than floral. I’m drawn to pattern so strongly that it feels odd to me to wear an outfit of all solids! – nancyo
Agreeing late with Nancyo, I too have a strong desire for pattern, feel a bit bland and boring in all plains. The problem is when you have a mix of patterned pants and tops you do need plains to go with them as I discovered when I moved into patterned pants and realised I had no plain tops.