At the printers

Trend I have admittedly not been brave enough to try yet: printed denim. I’m still a little unsure about the super pastel-y floral versions that were everywhere this last spring, but lately, I’ve seen some more geometric, abstract, and darker patterns that I think I could get behind for winter (and even back on in to spring).

Your thoughts? Is this a trend you’ve tried out or is it all just a little too Saved by the Bell for you? Here are some options I found that in all likelihood I would try on in the dressing room and love, but would have to really convince myself to leave the store with. Numbers two and four are a perfect examples — love the color and pattern, but could I ever really make it happen??

1. DL 1960 Emma Leggings | 2. Sass & Bide Ikat Jeans | 3. Seven for all Mankind Skinnies | 4. IRO Delia Jeans | 5. Mother The Looker Jeans | 6. Alice + Olivia Jeans | 7. Bec & Bridge Rosetta Jeans | 8. Guess Brittney Jeans

{Image Credits: Eat. Sleep. Wear.; Gal Meets Glam; Fashion Vibe}


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  1. 11.29.12
    Kenze Lee said:

    I haven’t gotten the courage to try it out myself, I’m still getting comfortable in colored denim! But maybe soon…

    xo, Kenzie

  2. 11.29.12
    Ashley said:

    I completely agree on the light pastel patterns– I don’t think I can pull those off. Numbers one and three look more my speed… I may have to give the printed look another try!

  3. 11.29.12
    Ashley said:

    I completely agree on the light pastels- I don’t think I can pull those off! Numbers one and three look more my speed.. I may have to give the printed look another try!

  4. 11.29.12
    christin said:

    love #2!!! and i’m super duper hesitant about this trend for some reason.

  5. 11.29.12

    Just bought a pair from Levis and I actually love them. I feel like they look great with a big chunky sweater!

  6. 11.29.12
    Lindsay said:

    Love the look, worried I need legs that more closely resemble Gisele’s to pull it off :)

  7. 11.29.12
    Alyssa said:

    I love printed denim, but I still haven’t found the “right” pair for me. I think that’s going to be my Christmas present to myself!

    The Glossy Life

  8. 11.29.12
    Chelsea said:

    I am on the fence about printed denim as well! I found a camo twill pant that I’m loving, but the floral is very “Saved by the Bell”-esque. (Although I feel like everyone else can pull it off, but me!)

    Haute Child in the City

  9. 11.29.12
    Rachel said:

    I have a leopard pair that I love. It’s my first time wearing “printed pants” and I hope to buy more!

    Life Unsweetened

  10. 11.29.12
    rita said:

    i love them, and do not in any way have super model legs! i just always feel fun when i am wearing them! (if that makes sense?)

    i will say that i don’t see them as having much longevity – i loved my seven aztec print jeans last summer but will be surprised if i wear them this summer. so it probably does make more sense to rock the zara/etc. versions vs. the higher end, at least at first! but i think quality denim just fits and feels so much better that i struggle with that logic!

  11. 11.29.12

    I like subtly printed denim more than bold prints on demin (though I have no problem with them on other types of pants – not sure why haha) – my first pair were current elliott light blue printed leopard (blue on blue) – love them!! (they were in this post here, if you’re curious! )

  12. 11.29.12
    brighton said:

    I feel like these are a tough one! I’m a relatively petite girl and I feel like printed denim is unflattering on me! It’s hard to find a good pair that you feel confident and comfortable in! and are still cute!

  13. 11.29.12
    holly said:

    I love this look but I am too scared to try it as well! Maybe a darker wash instead of the bright floral?

    Holly Foxen Wells

  14. 11.29.12

    The thing about these are that my go-to denim brand doesn’t do anything like this at all! So then I’d have to suffer through multiple fittings and potentially not like new denim, regardless of the print. I can see it turning into a big hairy mess. I’d love to see how you style it though if you take the plunge and purchase!

  15. 11.29.12
    Randilea said:

    I just don’t know about printed denim… When it comes to trends I only like to spend my money on ones that seem more likely to last. I do like your #1 thought and would be willing to try it!

  16. 11.29.12
    Jenn said:

    You can rock it! If you aren’t sure, pick up an inexpensive pair in a very small print. Old Navy denim doesn’t have the best fit (you can tell they aren’t designer!) but for a cheap trend, they work. They have a very subtle dot print and animal print right now. Pretty cute!

  17. 11.29.12
    Fuji said:

    I have fully embraced this trend and absolutely love it! I haven’t gone full Saved by the Bell mode with the pastel flowers (ok, just one pair) but every other design is in my closet. Seriously, I think I have more pants than tops now! I say grab this trend by the balls and go with it…can’t wait to see your outfit post ;)

  18. 11.29.12
    chiara said:

    I don’t know, I so find them not my style…

  19. 11.30.12
    Lauren said:

    I really like printed denim, but I haven’t come across a pair that feel like it fits in my wardrobe. I’m hesitantly keeping my eyes open!

    Fizz and Frosting