Hey there my loves! How are things in your world going? Mine is pretty good. I’ve been making some super cool moves as far as taking steps to further my entrepreneurial goals. I won’t say what they are because being a Latina, I have to admit that I am a bit superstitious so I don’t want to jinx anything. However, I’m absolutely making progress so stay tuned. 😉
Has everyone read my last post “Yikes! …What Shall I Wear For Summer 2015?” What did you think? Did you like my personal style ideas? How about the “Trending This Summer” section? Will you try and of the suggestions listed? I’m definitely up to going with the “All White Everything” trend only because I’ve done it before and loved it. Also the “Shirt Dress” is a lovely touch to add to our wardrobes this summer. If you haven’t read that post yet, I may have struck your curiosity so finish reading this one then go over and have a look. 🙂
So the other day I got an email from my all time favorite store “Express.” I’m sure I’ve mentioned that it’s my favorite in some of my previous posts but if you’ve missed that, now you know. I do most of my shopping there and hope with all of my “corazon” (that’s “heart” in Spanish, BTW) that this store never goes out of business. Anyway, I’m digressing… So when I opened this email (because I open ALL of Express’ emails *winks*), the title read “Patterned Pants” and I just had to go and check this out. Why? Because I usually don’t go for patterns but I’ve decided to open up my possibilities and give certain styles a chance. I mean why not? Express hardly ever gets it wrong in my eyes so on with it.
Note: The photos and the style descriptions below are from the Express website. I’ve added my own touches/views in the descriptions as well because how could I not? 😉
So… Let’s shop Express:
THE “FLORAL DIAMOND COLUMNIST ANKLE PANT”
These pants are so cute. They are described as a flower-filled diamond medallion print in stretch cotton fabric. They come in my favorite low rise cut. Plus they are a slim fitting, skinny leg style and are shortened to just above the ankles. I’d be daring and pair this pant with a bright top maybe in yellow to spice it up or a white top if you’d rather not :). The shortened length pant looks great with both flats and heels.
THE “PLAID EDITOR ANKLE PANT”
You may not be able to clearly see the color of this print in the above photo (get a closer look on the Express website. Links are provided at the end), but it is a bold navy and pink plaid pattern and it’s quite lovely. This pant sits just below the waist, it comes in a shortened length and has a slim fit. I’d pair this exactly as above or if you want to skip the blazer, go with a navy blue, a light pink or a white top. Ankle pants look elegant with heeled pumps or any type of heeled sandals.
THE “DOUBLE WINDOWPANE BARELY BOOT COLUMNIST PANT”
Needless to say that I plan on doing some shopping soon and these pants are on the list. This ivory and blackish/gray plaid pant is so classy. I prefer a longer pant like this one because it adds extra length to the legs. As stated in the name, this pant is a barely boot cut which means it’s not a skinny fit but not flared either. It has more of a tapered hem. I say play with this pant as far as what to pair it with. You can go with a solid bright or dark top. Go casual with a bright white, v-necked t-shirt and of course you cannot forget a fabulous pair of heels to complement this elegant style.
THE “TEXTURED DOT PRINT CROPPED EDITOR PANT”
Is this not a cute and fun print? I think polka dots are always fun and girly. This pant is of a textured fabric, it’s a low rise fit, slightly tapered below the knee and is a cropped length. Heels or flats go well and a solid black top will surely complete the ensemble so as to let the pretty print be the main attraction.
THE “PLEATED SOFT PANT”
Now this is an interesting print. What do you all think? Would you wear these? Again, you may not be able to tell by this photo, but there is a light pink hue to this paisley print. This pant has a soft feel to it, it’s more of a slouchy look with a tapered fit and banded cuffs at the hem. I would definitely go with a solid colored top with this print. Heels (preferably, a strappy sandal) are the shoe of choice to enhance the slouchy, taper look at the hem.
THE “HOUNDSTOOTH PLAID BARELY BOOT COLUMNIST PANT”
Okay so you all know that I adore the “houndstooth” print. In fact, I sketched a houndstooth print dress a while ago and it’s one of my favorite sketches ever. I see this pant on my shopping list as well… (there goes the budget!) :O! I LOVE that this is a low rise fit plus it’s also barely boot cut so bring out those heels ladies. Pair this with a bright colored top (as seen above) or a dark one. Don’t be afraid of wearing brights though, keep in mind that the pop of color will enhance this print. Go for it. 😉
THE “WINDOWPANE PLAID COLUMNIST SLIM LEG PANT”
I’ve fallen in love with this pattern. The low rise, slim fit, slim leg pant in large blue plaid that can be paired with any bright colored top as in the above photo. I’m “obvi” a fan of plaid so maybe this will go on my shopping list as well. Sheesh! I may need to play the lottery after this… *shakes head*. Anyway my sweets, this pant hits just below the ankle so you can show off your sexy, high-heeled shoes, perhaps in an awesome eye-catching color.
THE “HORIZONTAL STRIPE COLUMNIST ANKLE PANT”
And last but not least, I could not not include the striped pant. I usually go with the vertical stripe but this horizontal black and white print is pretty fabulous. This cotton pant sits below the waist, has a slim fit and is a skinny leg style that hits above the ankle. Again, with this type of print, let the pant be the main attraction and pair it with a black top. I added both photos to give you a sense of how you can wear this look differently depending on what you’re going for. You can add some color by going with a statement shoe as shown in the second photo. Heels or ballet flats, if you lean more towards comfort, work well with this style.
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So there you have it my sweets. I gave you your very own online stroll through the fabulous and ever loved by me Express store. If you’d like to shop for any of the styles above or any of the other assortment of wonderful pants available for this season, below are the direct links for you to browse and shop:
Blue Windowpane Plaid Columnist Slim Leg Pant. It’s the third one in the first row.
So what do you think? Will you try the printed pant this season or have you already done so? How have you combined them? Have you been super daring and mixed prints as in a printed pant AND top? It can be done you know… You just have to mix correctly to pull off the look.
Okay, you all know the drill… Share your thoughts on what you’re willing to wear. I know prints can be scary for most of us but these are pretty awesome and if put together correctly, you can end up with an elegant, chic, sexy and fabulous look. Do you have your own ideas on how to wear prints or how to mix them so as not go overboard? Share your ideas, post photos in the comments below and let us know. I’m looking forward to this discussion so let’s do this. It’s time to chat. Go! #engage
Until next time…