In my 2012 Spring / Summer Trend report I identified floral pants as one trend that I will probably skip. But I must admit that I have warmed to this trend and have been tempted to succumb to it. It’s totally in line with my ‘as you get older, you need to get wilder‘ mantra and they are basically a lot of fun!
I have seen some fine examples in shops and on people and I may just snap them up in the sales. I still feel that this is a very fleeting trend, so any pants I will buy definitely need to be cheap.
Here are some examples of women wearing floral pants in such a way that they will look great on many 40+ women. The trick is to combine them with a one coloured simple top as Petra from style lounge so stylishly does in her outfit (at right). Olivia Palermo is a bit more daring in her look with a trendy jacket and a different pattern shoe, but she still keeps it sylish and clean.
The image on the below left is actually from an old Gucci collection, but to me it is a great example on how to wear these pants. Perfect for a casual summer day on the beach. Loving the hat too! Cecilia in the middle is also very elegant in her black floral pants and this look could easily be worn to work. Patience on the right takes more risks and she is actually applying my earlier assignment of wearing blue (instead of black) and white + colour + patterns in a very stylish way. This look works because the pants are predominantly red and blue and white can easily be matched with that. I’m loving her shoes in that outfit too!
Please note that I have seen as many bad examples of women wearing these pants as good ones, so please utilise these pants with care! Keeping the rest of your outfit simple and elegant is a flop proof way to go. Also make sure that the pants of your legs are tapered, especially when the floral pants are at capri length as is the case with most styles available in shops. It helps to wear these pants with a (mid) heel elegant shoe as well, as I also highlighted in my article on how to wear capris. I still don’t like the wider floral pants, as they often look more like pyjamas to me! I would also stay away from a full floral look (with both pants and jackets in the same floral pattern).
Floral pants you can buy right now!
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So what do you think? Will you be getting some floral pants this Summer?