Runway to Realway. The Pitter-Patter of Patterned Pants!

March 26, 2012 • Magazine, Runway To Real Way

It’s officially spring and luckily, we’re nowhere near tired of discussing spring fashion. For this installment, we’re discussing spring bottoms! While its fun to peel off your pantyhose and retire them for the bare-legged seasons, skirts and dresses are not your only warm weather options. Pants in cropped lengths and lightweight fabrics have always been a reliable staple for looking cool even after the temperatures rise. And this year, there’s more reason than ever to keep the trousers on call since printed pants appeared on runways everywhere. From Paris to Milan to New York, designers procured pairs of printed, patterned, punchy pants. As a fun trend to try if you’re sick of denim and khaki, patterned pants is an easy way to revamp your wardrobe for spring.

Take a second to consider tie-dye. The print has gotten a much needed update from the hippie rallies and camp counselor t-shirts of the past. These days, tie-dye is what the cool kids wear when it’s cut into a modern shape like a skinny jean. Isabel Marant mixed her prints with a flourish on her spring 2012 runway, pairing a more geometric pattern with the splashy tie-dyed print. And call us crazy but we love it!  Yet as is the case with taking runway trends to everyday wear, we recommend  toning things down a little. That’s why we recommend pairing a simple black or white tank with this pair we’re digging by Paige denim. When in doubt, let the tie-dye speak for itself!

Another trend that’s made a comeback on recent runways is the wide-legged pant. Though we often still see this voluminous shape in denim, designers have been trying out this pajama-like style in soft fabrics for the past few seasons. They serve as a cool and comfortable option for office wear or any occasion that will keep you covered up. Caroline Charles served up a confection that billowed out like a maxi skirt. Pairing the pants with a tailored piece like this jacket keep them from coming off as too casual. We’d suggest doing the same with this pair we plucked out from Issa London. A cropped jacket or nipped in cardigan would lend perfect polish to this belted style. Also, be sure to keep the pattern between the small to medium range on a shape this big to prevent it from looking too clownish.

Animal prints are always going to be in style. But there is a way to translate them to daywear without looking like you’re going to the club. One way to do this is by choosing a subtle animal printed pant (nothing too Roberto Cavalli). This was elegantly done on Rebecca Taylor’s spring 2012 runway. Adept at creating minimalist and ladylike shapes, Rebecca Taylor’s whispery white snakeskin print pants would instantly become a spring staple. A pair with a little more punch that we couldn’t get enough of, comes courtesy of Gerard Darel. This python prints are cropped, belted and ready for a party, yet still tasteful enough to wear for day. Maybe just keep the jewelry and sparkles to a minimum to avoid that Jerseylicious look

Finally, what would a spring pant be without florals? The sleek, modern take on floral prints is a digital, water-colored print splashed against a stark background. Designers like Cynthia Rowley and Nicole Miller tried their hand at this successfully but our favorite take was by Prabal Gurung. His purple and violet kaleidoscopic landscape was a visual masterpiece on the runway. Though we would love to take every look from that collection, a close runner up are these turquoise buds from Sandro. The Van Gogh-esque prints are surprisingly neutral and will make you standout against any blue-skied, spring day.

We love our skirts and dresses as much as the next person but with this plethora of prints at your fingertips, don’t forget about the power of pants!

1. Tie Dye Pants
Runway: Isabel Marant Spring 2012 RTW
Real Way: Paige Verdugo Ultra Skinny in Tye Dye, $199

2. Flared Pants
Runway: Caroline Charles Spring 2012 RTW
Real Way: Issa London – Printed Pants, Now $289

3. Animal Print Pants
Runway: Rebecca Taylor Spring 2012 RTW
Real Way: Gerard Darel Python Printed Pants, $235

4. Floral Pants
Runway: Prabal Gurung Spring 2012 RTW
Real Way: Sandro Pressage Tapered Floral-Print Twill Pants, $285

-Alia Rajput

Runway Photos: NYMag


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