How to Style Printed Bottoms

The key to styling printed bottoms–whether they are pants, skirts, shorts, or jeans– is to let the pattern act as the anchor of your outfit while keeping the rest of your pieces neutral or complementary in theme, color, or pattern. If you are ever in doubt, stick to neutrals throughout the look and you will never go wrong!

The Patterned Pants

With a bold, graphic print, we opted for solids in a neutral, yet spring-forward color palette. Turquoise is a beautiful complementary hue to orange, while the draped dolman shape works well with the loose fit of the pants. For a more pulled-together look, pair with a blouse and layer with a neutral statement piece. For both of these tops, simply tuck just the front of the top in for a playfully messy style or let hang naturally for a relaxed look.

Printed Bottoms, multiple ways to wear. The Pant
Top 1: Bowie Solid Dolman Sleeve Top ($58)
Top 2: Sherrie Pocket Front Mixed Material Blouse ($44)
Bottom: Iffe Geo Print Soft Pant ($68)
Necklace: Christy Layered Bauble Bib Necklace ($38)
Bracelet 1: Ally Teardrop Stone Bangle ($88)
Bracelet 2: Beverly Rhinestone Textured Stretch Bangle ($28)
Shoe 1: Bellini Flat Sandals ($25)
Shoe 2: Sole Society Lauryn pointed flat ($65)

The Patterned Skirt

A white top will make the white dots in this polka dot skirt really pop. We layered with a lightweight chevron scarf for a subtle mixed prints effect. Try a classic black blouse to instantly dress up this this classic print. Accessorize with a vibrant clutch to add personality and complete the look with a neutral shoe.

Printed Bottoms, multiple ways to wear. The Skirt
Top 1: Lanie Embroidery Detail Hi-Lo Tank ($54)
Top 2: Nori Crochet Detail Tie-Neck Silk Blouse ($78)
Bottom: Hanneli Polka Dot Swing Skirt ($54)
Scarf: Emily Lightweight Chevron Infinity Scarf ($32)
Bag: Norah Leather Clutch ($42)
Shoe 1: ASOS Jemima Flat Shoes With T-bar
Shoe 2: Zara Leather High Heel Sandal ($80)

The Patterned Short

A printed short is a great foundation for a mixed-print look and stripes are a simple pattern to pair with another pattern. For an evening look, try pairing your cool-colored bottom with a saturated warm tone, like red.

Printed Bottoms, multiple ways to wear. The Short
Top 1: Kira Mixed Stripe Racerback Tank ($48)
Top 2: Gazele Solid V-Neck 3/4 Sleeve Silk Blouse ($108)
Bottom: Kirin Abstract Print Soft Short ($58)
Bracelet 1: Lafayette Hammered Metal Cuff ($48)
Bracelet 2: Kassia Enamel Chain Bracelet ($58)
Shoe 1: Couldn’t Be Better Sandal ($50)
Shoe 2: Cassini Mid Heel Suede ($76)


  1. I like the Bowie Solid Dolman Sleeve Top and the Sherrie Pocket Front Mixed Material Blouse.

  2. I like the Bowie Dolman Sleeve Top and Ikat print pants. How can I ensure they get into my next StitchFix or can I just order them separately?

  3. Love the pants! Would have never thought to try printed shorts before. I have a fix due on May31. 😉

  4. I love turquoise with that ikat print! I have a fix in the works and would be delighted to see these tops and patterned pants in my fix. The necklace is super cute too.

  5. I love the print pants and the white blouse and the striped shirt and patterned shorts. Wish you had the shoes for these outfits too!

  6. No prints for me…makes me look like old lady – I am but don’t want prints! I like soft pastels, jeans or khaki’s or white pants and I do like stripes with v-necks and 3/4 sleeves and easy to care for fabrics. Thanks

  7. I would love the Sherrie Pocket Front Mixed Material Blouse in my next scheduled fix. I think it would be a great staple piece for my wardrobe. Suzanne Holzworth

  8. I love these pants with a pop of color tunic and flats in a different color maybe? I would love to try this. Melissa Smith

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