Thrift + Style: Colorful Print Pants | Thriftanista in the City


Thrift + Style: Colorful Print Pants

I bought these colorful paisley print pants or as I like to call them "my crazy pants" back when I was an infrequent thrift store shopper. I bought them because I simply liked the pattern. They are a tad too big so I don't wear them much. Plus they wrinkle in the wash.

thrift and style ideas for colorful print pants

This summer, I have a couple more inches on my waist so they are less big on me. Yay....and boo. I "altered" them by folding over the elastic waist so they aren't as baggy in the crotch and rolling up the pant leg to make them more everyday casual with a side of what-the-eff-is-she-wearing.

how to wear paisley pants


Don't let the size deter you from purchasing. You can do real alterations or bootleg ones like I did.

Just say yes to elastic waist. I'm on a personal mission to see that everyone gives elastic waist a try!

If the 90s calls, do pick up! We loved colorful print pants in the 90s.

Pockets are great on just about everything except a rayon fabric that balls up in the wash thereby making your pockets a jumbled, dimply ball hanging on the sides of your thighs. Don't buy if you are anti ironing like me.

colorful pants style ideas


Overstated bottoms? Understated top. Stick with neutral colors.

If you have sequins though then give it a try because sequins are pretty.

Wear a color explosion on your bottom only if you're comfortable showing it off. 

thrifted pants worn with silver shoes and black tee

Remember last week's rock your thrift style post? Wear your hot girl shoes!

When in doubt, rock a denim shirt. It goes with everything.

silver pointy toe shoes worn with colorful pants
THRIFT Diana Marco paisley pants - leather clasp belt RETAIL black tee GIFT silver pumps - bangles

***in other news***

Visited some estate sales on Friday. Missed out on $5 brand new in the box Belle by Sigerson Morrison sandals because of a customer service issue. I'm still crying over those lovelies but I did buy a vintage leather camera case that fits my Nikon perfectly.

Linking up with the lovely ladies of Monday MingleThrifters Anonymous, and What I Wore Wednesday.



Madam Too Much said...

I am loving printed pants this year and I want yours because I love every color in them and You make them look good.

Ashleigh said...

Firstly, fabulous! I love the pants. I love the rolled hem, they look expensive, like the pajama inspired stuff that was on the runways last season.
Secodly, have you entered thirftstorerunway yet? Do it! You can win big and you will in outfits like this one! (I'm not affiliated with them I won in July and think you could too!)

Kenya L Fashion Blog said...

I love 'em! The print is fabulous and you styled them perfectly! Love the silver shoe too!!

xo, Kenya

Abby said...

I love those pants! I think they were made for you <3

Visiting from the linkup. I'd love for you to come over by blog too and leave your thoughts on my latest post:

Splendor said...

I looked at a pair of black and white paisley pants but they didn't have my size. Love these colors. So bright and vibrant.

BonBon Rose Girls Kristin said...

Those pants are beyond fun and I love them with those silver heels!

ChickPool said...

despite all of the things you mentioned about them, they're still really cute! :)

Kimberly Gomez | Image Consultant said...

Adorbs! I've always loved wacky wild print pants. Of course they still need to be stylish like yours. :) The best part about thrifting, rummaging is you can wear them a few times and be done. You don't need to feel guilty and make yourself wear them way too many times. Thanks for the ideas! @impeccableimage

Jennae said...

Ummm...I LOVE these pants! I'd probably see these on the thrift store rack and never give them a second look, but you rocked them! The solid top is a great counterpoint, and the silver pumps are awesome too. I bought a pair of muted paisley pants at Target a while back and have yet to wear them. You have officially inspired me to give them a second look :)

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Chioma said...

um your pants are too cute!! i've found some amazing thrifted pieces for the fall and i can't wait to style them!

C's Evolution of Style

Thriftanista in the City said...

Thank you!

Thriftanista in the City said...

Thank you!

Thriftanista in the City said...

You're so right and I've found plenty of dirt cheap items that I do tend to wear over and over again.

Thriftanista in the City said...

Thanks Jennae! Love your blog!

Thriftanista in the City said...

Thanks Chioma!

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