How to Wear Printed Legwear

We’re sure you’ve all got a large stack of printed shirts, T-shirts and jumpers in your wardrobe but have you ever considered jazzing up your legwear? It’s a look that’s becoming evermore popular and one that isn’t necessarily exclusive to casual attire. It can be just as appropriate at a wedding as it can be down your local and is a really easy way to get quite a bold look without effort.

Don’t worry, we’re not suggesting you start rocking those baggy hippy trousers everyone’s donning on their travels or at the summer festivals, we’ll be showing you really wearable pieces and how to style them. So let’s get you upping your legwear game with some printed pieces you can easily incorporate into your own wardrobe.


First off let’s lay down some basic rules. There’s not many and they shouldn’t be treated as gospel but they’re a good guide to ensuring you feel as comfortable as possible in your printed legwear. First off, keep the rest of your outfit fairly plain. We wouldn’t suggest matching your more vibrant or ‘busy’ prints with other quite loud prints up top. The trousers are your main statement so it’s a good idea to keep the attention on them.

Our other rule is fairly simple – be brave. As weird as it may seem to see yourself in a pair of trousers as bold as this, other people won’t be judging them as much as you will. As long as you stick to styling it how we suggest, you can’t fail and won’t be drawing the wrong attention to yourself, we promise.


First off, let’s see how you can smarten up your printed legwear. You can be a little more adventurous with your smart trousers as they will usually come with a blazer to match, although it’s by no means compulsory for you to wear them together. If you’re not looking for an all-over print look then you can always match with a plainer blazer or just a jacket. We’d keep the shirt plain if you’ve gone for a printed blazer, though, you don’t want to over-print.

Look 1

SHOP: Selected Zero Hyde Trousers | The Idle Man Tweed Blazer | Farah Oxford Shirt | G.H. Bass Penny Loafers

Look 2

SHOP: Selected Zero Hyde Trousers | Selected Zero Hyde Blazer | The Idle Man Shirt | Hudson Hadstone Derby


Not only can you just cop yourself some casual printed legwear, it’s also possible to dress down the sort of trousers we’ve used above. By pairing them with some canvas plimsolls or some large boots (probably your better option as we enter the colder months) and adding in a more casual piece of outerwear, like a bomber, you’ll instantly give them a new lease of life.

SHOP: Only & Sons Julian Biker Jacket | Selected Zero Hyde Trousers | Converse Chuck Taylors

Alternatively, just opt for some casual trousers. Then you can pair them with more or less any footwear, shirt, T-shirt and jacket you wish. We’re big fans of these Dickies camo prints but if you’d like something a little less rugged, you could always head for some premium Publish joggers. Pair them with some Vans Sk8-Hi trainers, a plain black Tee and layer with an Oxford shirt for a slick but street finish.



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SHOP: The Idle Man Black Crew Neck | Dickies Belmont Camo Pant | Vans Sk8-Hi Black


We’re sure you’ve all got a large stack of printed shirts, T-shirts and jumpers in your wardrobe but have you ever considered jazzing up...
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