Magnificent 8: How to Wear Print Pants
My girl group of 8 different women in 8 different decades of life are talking about how to wear print pants. Well, actually the theme was statement pants which could certainly include solids too. However, I asked Lesley and Charlotte to go big or go home. And I love the variety!!
Quote of the day: “Take chances, make mistakes. That’s how you grow.” Mary Tyler Moore
It’s not a mistake to wear statement pants, but I bet you might think it is. Calling attention to the lower half of our body seems the opposite of what we want at times. Then again, I would ask you to analyze the real reason you might shy away from any kind of print pants??
Do you think they aren’t flattering? Too much busyness? Are you too old or not the right shape? HOGWASH to it all!! Sure, we want to look the best we can, but who says that always has to be prim and proper? Or the idea of tall and thin??
As usual, I would like to think we can have fun with our clothes and style. Try all kinds of items especially the ones you don’t normally wear. How will you know if you like it if you don’t try it? (Come on moms out there, isn’t that what you said to your kids with food all the time?)
Insider tip: Have you ever worn something totally opposite of what you normally wear and gotten tons of compliments? One of my theories is that’s because it’s different than your usual. We enjoy variety!!
Lesley’s Seersucker Pants
I started with Lesley’s idea of how to wear print pants because she is more conservative for this theme!! A seersucker stripe like this is a wonderful option because it’s more subtle.
Lesley’s words: “These pants fall into two categories, full legged and paper bag waist. Because they are so distinctive, I kept the top simple. I also tucked in the top because of the tie at the waist. This is quite outside of my comfort zone because I am thick at the waist.:
Notice how Lesley also tied the ends of her shirt that she wore over the blue top. In my opinion this is better for the proportions of the outfit. And kudos for trying out the paper bag waist trend. I showed 5 different ways to wear it last summer, and this goes to show it can work for a woman of any age!!
Insider tip: Any button down shirts can be worn like a kimono or jacket as we’ve shown in the past.
Jodie’s Statement Pants
Even these pants made me wonder if I could pull them off. I found them on the sale rack for $3 and figured why not?? In fact, I had to wear them earlier in the day to a doctor’s office so I added a blazer and heels. Many of you commented that the outfit was a favorite in my weekly wrap up post showcasing that look.
Trust me, I didn’t buy these pants to wear with a blazer. Yet it’s a good example of how you never know until you try it.
These pants are loud. They are big. And they remind my husband of the hippie chicks from his youth. Yet when it comes down to it they can also be considered fun and colorful. So here’s my version of how to wear print pants. I even wanted to go a step farther and work in some print mixing skills. Yet my mom took the prize on that (and call me shocked and impressed with her outfit below).
My print top is a subtle tan and white print and I added in a belt to separate the two prints. And then I covered it up with a cropped, light wash denim jacket. I consider this an easy way to tip toe your way into print mixing.
Other ways to print mix for beginners
Elementary Print Mixing Starting with your Shoes
How Your Scarf Can be used for a Fun Print Mixing Piece And this one involves print pants for all three of us.
Adding in Another Print with your Purse
Charlotte and How to Wear Print Pants Like a Pro
If you know my mom, then you know she wasn’t happy when I suggested print mixing back in the beginning of our blogging days. Sure, she loved it with all of the pillows on her bed, but not on her body!!
That’s why I am SO PROUD of her with this outfit. I can count 5 different prints in this outfit if you include the embroidery of the sneakers!!!
I will say that my mom is showing off her creativity which Einstein says is intelligence having fun!!
My mom found these pants secondhand and just loved the bold pattern even though she usually favors plain colored pants. The colors in the scarf and earrings mirror the colors in the pants and tie it all together.
Of course the required owl element had to be included since you’ve seen her owl collection in her place.
Insider tip: This is another easy way to wear a scarf without any fancy tying skills. Just throw a belt over it and it stays in place.
So the question is, what’s stopping you from wearing print pants??
In fact, I remember my friend, MK, writing a post about print pants and her thought that her first pair seemed so BOLD. Yet the more we wear these kinds of bold pieces, the more bold we become. And don’t we deserve to be bold after all these years?
It’s no different than when I purchased my leopard pants. Even I was intimidated by them at first.
If I can give any advice, I would say start with baby steps. Start with a smaller print and wear a neutral with them at first. Yet don’t stop there. Make sure to follow Mary Tyler Moore’s advice above, and check out the other inspirations from the women below.
Our Sunset Cruise
This evening was the sunset cruise at Lake Pleasant. It included live music from a local band called Mayberry Blues. The funny thing is they weren’t a blues band like we thought. We even invited my friend, Heidi and I thought you’d love to see that Rob even joined in with the print shorts!!
The Magnificent 8 is a collaboration among 8 stylish women, each in a different age bracket, ranging from early 20’s to early 80’s. The mission of this collaboration is to show you just how ageless style is, how we can each dress however we’d like and in ways that make us feel fabulous. There are no age restrictions on style. So wear what you want, when you want, add a smile, and strut your style with confidence. And be sure to check out all of these amazing women!
But not every post goes live at the same time, so if it’s not up when you check them out, I hope that you will check back later!!! It’s hard when we are all in different time zones.
Let me introduce the ladies of The Magnificent 8. We are showing that you can’t put a number on style!
- Grace of Graceful Rags
- Mica of Away from the Blue
- Roxanne of Glass of Glam
- Shelbee of Shelbee on the Edge
- Rena of Fine Whatever
- Eugenia of Age of Grace
- Lesley of Jodie’s Touch of Style
- Charlotte of Jodie’s Touch of Style
The Other Posts With the Magnificent 8
July 25, 2018: The Magnificent 8 Showcase: Life’s a Beach
October 31, 2018: The Magnificent 8 are Distressed
January 30, 2019: The Magnificent 8 Work Out in Winter
April 24, 2019: The Magnificent 8 Mix Patterns in Pastels
July 31, 2019: The Magnificent 8 in Little White Dresses
October 30, 2019: The Magnificent 8 in Animal Prints
January 29, 2020: The Magnificent 8 Style Heirlooms
April 29, 2020: How Does Our Garden Grow?
July 29, 2020: Yes YOU Can Wear Yellow with the Magnificent 8
October 28, 2020: Styling Pink and Pearls for the Magnificent 8
January 27, 2021: Opportunities to Mix and Match Clothes- How to Think Outside the Box
April 28, 2021: Magnificent 8: How to Wear Print Pants
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