Trend Watch: Patterned Pants

Wait! Don’t leave!! I agree that this trend is really, really tricky to pull off, but at least give me a chance! This trend is all about moderation.
First, pick a nice pattern. You don’t have to do this:

Go with a subtle pattern in only a few colors if you want to dip your toes in the trend.


Or get a little bolder! Go for a bright or even one with lots of color – just try pair them with solids on top and you’ll be golden and totally on trend!

pants from talbots, j crew

What do you think? Are you going to try this one or not?

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Written by Melissa Angert, editor of this fashion blog and author of Girlymama. You can also find her on Twitter as Melissa Angert. She is a mom of 3 living in Providence.


  1. Um, sorry. No. Not a fan. LOL!!!

  2. I agree with Jo-Lynne- NO! I remember when this trend was popular in the early 80’s… been there, done that!

  3. So not a fan! I don’t even like patterned shorts so seeing patterned pants is way too much. Patterned tops and plain bottoms are more of my taste.

  4. While I was hesitant to like the colored denim I am downright scared of this trend LOL 🙂 Honestly, I think it fits only certain people and I really do not think curvy women will look good with bright patterns on their rears. But that is just me 🙂

  5. I used to have a pair of Esprit pants in small checked pattern, but I outgrew them, literally and figuratively! So I’m not sure I can pull this trend off any more.

    But then Ally of Wardrobe Oxygen rocked some floral pants–with leopard, furthermore!–and I admit I wavered a bit:

  6. These are for the young and skinny, loved this style when I was a freshman in college circa 1989.