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The best wide-leg printed trousers for your closet

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Get swishy with it.

There’s nothing more chic than wide-leg printed trousers (when they’re styled the right way). Easy, breezy and yet smart enough to take you to the office or cocktails, you can’t go wrong with at least one of these babies hanging in your closet. The way a pair of wide trousers moves is key and brings a degree of elegance to any outfit without too much effort.

Bright colours and botanicals dominate this season, with offerings from everyone from high street names like New Look, Next and Warehouse to designers like Gucci and Etro. Don’t be afraid of a good throwback piece – old school details like flares, pleats and even paisley are back in and will help boost your fashion game. If you’re heading somewhere hot for the holiday, a good pair of printed culottes never did a girl wrong. Who can say no to a bit of ventilation?

How to wear printed trousers

As with any printed piece, styling can be a bit of a challenge. If you go for something too loud, you run the risk of looking like a walking bargain bin, whereas going too casual can tip you into pyjamas territory.

Choose an accent colour

Play to the strengths of your print by picking out a single colour, then doubling up in that shade on top. It’ll magnify the effect of the print without looking too overdone, though it may be worth going for a neutral heel or loafer to balance it all out. For example the fire truck red palazzo pant from Next below would look gorgeous paired with a pastel pink top, drawing on the print’s delicate florals.

Dress them down

Wide leg printed trousers are fantastic for when you’re in a hurry, but still want to look chic. For a more casual weekend look, the yellow pleated New Look piece was made for a slouchy white tee and your best trainers, while a navy blazer, good belt and flats would easily pull the abstract Solace London trousers together for the office.

Printed trousers and matching top

If you really want to turn heads, a coordinated printed trouser and top always look fantastic. While the look doesn’t come cheap and is perhaps best saved for fancier occasions, it’s a powerful styling choice packed with personality. The loose-fitting Mary Katrantzou Tarot trousers in our edit come with a matching smart blazer for a whimsical, yet professional look.

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