Thursday 27 July 2017

Style dilemma: How can I make bright pattern pants work?

Shoes, €100.50, River Island
Printed red harem pants,
€62.50 ASOS Africa, asos.com
’'80s biker jacket €67, hookand-
eye vest €17.50, Chrissyharems €40, Heline shoe boots
€67, all River Island
Gaga jacket €175, Anya
Stripe trousers €40, Viva boots
€80.50, River Island
Shoes, €100.50, River Island Printed red harem pants, €62.50 ASOS Africa, asos.com ’'80s biker jacket €67, hookand- eye vest €17.50, Chrissyharems €40, Heline shoe boots €67, all River Island Gaga jacket €175, Anya Stripe trousers €40, Viva boots €80.50, River Island

Roxanne Parker

I keep seeing coloured and patterned trousers on the high street and they look really fun for summer but I think they look a little scary too! How can I wear printed trousers without looking like I've put on a pair of clown pants?

Statement trousers were all over the runway for summer, with designers from Givenchy and Etro to Dries Van Noten tapping into this trend. It can be an intimidating one to tackle but printed pants are surprisingly versatile and can work as well at home as they do abroad.

My favourite style are the traveller harem pants that nail this season's global trend. Topshop and River Island have a modern interpretation of these hippie pants.

Go all out and wear your colourful harems with a clashing printed jacket with a basic grey jersey vest top underneath to balance the look. Add a touch of the exotic with a statement beaded necklace. Steal a style tip from the fashion editors' favourite label Isabel Marant and wear with a pair of feather earrings -- Penneys have ones for just €1.50! Heels are essential to rescue this look from the realms of hippiness. River Island, Heatons and Penneys all offer towering studded shoe boots.

To make printed trousers work in Ireland, keep it plain on top and add a fitted leather jacket, and a black sleeveless top can transform these pants into evening wear.And don't forget your heels!

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