Trendspotting: Fancy Pants

Leandra Medine | October 19, 2011

And when I say fancy, I mean printed. ‘Tis no longer the season for plain old tapered trousers, flare legs and regular denim. Infusions of prints shouldn’t be limited to the outfitting of what goes on around the northern region of a woman’s body so here below you’ll find three ways to wear printed pants, evidenced on trend via Fall and Spring runways, animated TV shows. Using three different styles and pair of pants, we’ll start in the ’70s and eventually warp through to the ’90s. Consider this post a history lesson, for your legs. In fact, I’ll do you one better and make it even more educational as I once again demonstrate that for a homemade Halloween costume of epic proportion you need not look much further than your very own closet.

 blouse: Zara, sweater: Topshop, bell bottoms: KVD, purse: Ralph Lauren
Yes sure, the notion of velvet in any capacity is reminiscent of the 90s, but I can’t remember a more appropriate time that such flare legged bell bottoms were so on-trend…and I wasn’t even there. In a peridot-esque print that looks red from some angles, green from others, they’re like two pair-in-one. 
The bright red chunky cable night with a collar-tip equipped blouse over quite literally makes me Wilmer Valderrama’s That 70’s Show love child, which isn’t a bad thing. Fast forward ten years.
 t shirt: Chaser, pants: Topshop, shoes: Brian Atwood
…Where in a more Man Repeller appropriate manner, I give Grease’s Sandy a run for her leather. Instead of a busty blouse, a worn out graphic tee. And instead of shiny liquid pants, a pair of the polka dot variety. Skinny high waist pants will always yield the same effect: inevitable FUPA. You may as well have fun with it. Now, and not Marc Jacobs.
But back to 1980, as you can see, Ray-ban wayfarers take the look home. And in one more quick time warp, let’s travel ten more years to…
One angsty teen, coming right up. Jordan Catalano approved? I think yes.
t shirt: Theyskens’ Theory, plaid blouse: Fremont, striped shirt: Sandro, jeans: Current/Elliott, combat boots: Chloe. All photos by Naomi Shon.
What’s important to learn here is that combat boots and a plaid flannel shirt–preferably over-sized, or stolen from a brother, you know–will most likely compliment anything you wear in a way that so vividly evokes My So Called Life memories. This circles back to my initial point about taking your closet and turning it into the ultimate Halloween superstore. I’m just going to quit right now because tying points together the way I just did has never been a particular skill of mine. So, bye.

  • Lia

    those polka dotted pants are too awesome.

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  • karina

    you have a great blog))) I like your clothes)

  • Sheila

    Those polkadot pants are to die for. For realz.

  • CupcakesOMG!

    ya know, now that you said it…i do see the Wilmer Valderamma resemblance…


  • Raspberry Jam

    Love the polka dot pants!

  • Goguma

    I saw those Current/Elliot and thought I must have them..but now I know I NEED them!

  • briannelee

    I love the 1980s look. I need some polka dot pants!

  • Michelle

    You had me at Jordan Catalano.

  • Inside my head and wardrobe

    love those topshop trousers and the first ones!!

  • Shush Charlotte

    Like the red sweater !!!

  • Betsan Evans

    LOVEEE the flares ! xxx

  • Trixie

    I just bought the Current/Elliots last weekend, and my friends thought I was crazy. ha ha.

  • Nancy

    I always enjoy your posts, you have great style!
    Colored jeans are so in for Fall and Polka dots too!2 trends in in!

  • thefashionguitar

    number 3 would be my pick!!

    XO Charlotte

  • Anonymous

    70's and 80's are the best! Yep, I do like this outfits…and what I have to say, you've amazing legs! Love ur blog very much!

  • shasha

    oh my gash amazing bell bottoms

  • indie.electronic.alternative.

    this post = the only thing that's making me miss the 90s.

  • Trips & Treasures

    I'd go for number 2, really like the color
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  • Eileenie

    Oh my gosh, I love every single one of these outfits! Fancy pants are awesome <3 Btw the KVD pants totally reminds me of Steven Tyler's closet! hahaha <3

  • Holly Burgess

    Awesome outfits!!!

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  • Anonymous

    I would go for the outfit 3 because I'm a little bit grunge and there is no point in deniyng it!

    Oh and I love you for your My So-called life reference.

    You rock, girl!

    Love Christiane


    Great post, I love it :) Am really into the polka dot trousers…


  • Rhiannon
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    love the topshop polka dot pants and i own those current elliotts loves em

  • adahliavolk

    The teen angst face suits the outfit well. Thanks for the travel through fashion time. x

  • Aubrey and Melissa

    Thanks for the history lesson haha, your ability to reference everything never ceases to amaze me. Particularly love the 80's look. The polka dot trousers are incredible.

  • Mikaela

    I always enjoy your posts!! I'd deff wear some of this – especially the 70's outfit, it's so creative and chic (in the very best man repelling way, of course!) :)


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  • irresistibly Beautiful

    I like that Topshop polka dot pens, they have a lot of stuff in this color))) great)))

  • Mix of Styles

    love the sweater of the first outfit, the pants of the second and the boots of the third :-) great looks.

  • Samantha

    Oh, My So Called Life. I love the Jordan reference! All your looks look great, Leandra!

  • Vasilieva

    loved these flare pants, totally awesome print

  • Dominika

    great looks!

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  • AdamAlexMommy

    All of those pants are fantastic! I especially adore the polka-dot pants. :)

  • Berty Morales

    Love the prints in every single one of them and also I am feeling your fridge bag as well. :)

  • Jackie

    I love the velvet bell bottom pants.. Nice!

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  • Jani

    Love your Fancy Pants Girrrrl. Those high wasted polka dots trousers are to die for!


  • Nicole @ Giraffelegs

    The polka dot pants are fierce..I feel like I could rock them on campus. bravo girl.


    those 1st pants are hilarious

  • things – collection

    Love the 70s xever!

  • Ashley

    Those current/elliots are insane, I can only see you wearing them ! x

  • Virginie H.

    First, I love your style so much. Everything you wear looks so great. I'm French and I love classic but stylish clothes and looking at your outfits inspire me. Also, makes me happy to see that you wear Sandro clothes, which is one of my favorite brand. I was so excited when I saw they opened a store in NYC. Have you checked this other brand named Maje? It's a great brand too (Sandro's owner's sister is the owner… complicated)
    Lastly, every time I read your posts I am dying. I love your humor and your weirdness. yes I said it but being weird is the best feeling in the world.
    Keep rocking these outfits, you look great!

  • Sleepy Darlings

    Halloween is the perfect time of year to raid the thrift stores for year round costumes. Probably the only time of year you can find good pant selections at your local goodwill (of course, in the velvet bellbottom variety)

  • Holly

    Love your lips in those polka dotted pants


    OMG these are allll amazzzzing. LOVE

  • marialε

    Cool pants, love number 2
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  • Sylvia

    I love that 80s look (polka dot pants!) and you look fabulous in red lipstick. Wear it more! I hear men hate it.

  • Unfinished Impressions

    that first look is totally amazing!! love the valderrama reference!

  • couturing

    Noticed this as well! Love the funky pants I'm seeing everywhere. Tres chic.

  • goldminetrashvintage

    You look like a brunette Drew Barrymore in the 4th pic. Too cute! : )

  • Camille Beaudet

    love this sequence


  • nicolette

    third look is straight up hot. your repeller-dar is off, girl.

  • CK

    Polka dots! Polka dot!


  • Lydia

    Love both these pants!! Especially the second ones.

  • Anonymous

    I need those Current Elliot jeans!!! Love love love

  • Michelle

    I love your green polka dotted pants! And the gold shoes look great :)

    x Mich

  • just a girl

    hahahahah love the 'my so called life' reference!!!!!!!

  • Krissy :: Miss B and Hustle

    I wore those Current/Elliot's to work the other day and man-repel, they did! My male co-workers thought I was insane.

  • Marjorie

    ooh you just gave me an idea. i can definitely do the third look, thanks for this.

  • jas

    that is awesome! great post. those flares are crazy!

  • Tori

    I love how adventurous you are!!

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  • g

    you love vweekend and JORDAN CATALANO. sheezy. you are the coolest. and i did not even mention all the legwear yet. the coolest. i am rocking an alli mcgraw sidepart now. so i am split here. BUT i will take 80s anyday of the week.

  • g

    middle part. wow. i even deleted it and still got it wrong. not as cool as you. or just need to learn to reread my words…

  • Lilith

    I like the polkadots =]

  • angelos

    Ahhhh you are so spot on with the 90's look I can hardly stand it! Mentioning My So Called Life gave me a mental montage of inspiration.

  • Nahar & Nazia

    argh all of these are so cute. used to hate fashion from those days, but now i just can't get enough!!

  • Asia

    Amazing!! These looks are so dope, I especially love the high waist polka dot trouser and I have been seeing those Current/Elliott jeans all over the blogosphere!!

  • J. Choudhury

    OMG, I am in love with those velvet pattern flares. I love the way you paired every look, it was a pleasurable time warp. Also, the polka dot trousers are lovely.

    J. Choudhury x

  • one young thing

    such repellant. you make me crave every garment you've got. amazing styling, as per usual!

  • Durante

    I just found your blog, and as a man, it cracks me up, some of these outfits are extremely unique!

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  • Coco Loca

    Yep, I'll throw my dime in with the masses- love the green dottie pants. And the KVD bag is yumlicious.

  • Jamie Dorman

    MSCL refernce FTW!!!

  • hiPop

    i'm in love with the first pair!

  • Yuka

    i love your amazing sense!! <3

  • amanda

    i love those bell bottom pants!!
    bringing back to 70s vibe!

  • Bela Monstro

    Loved those patterned pants. I'm really stucked by your "man repelling" sense of style. There's no better way to describe it! You rock girrrrrl

  • MyStyleVita

    the polka dots are my favorite. Your view is AMAZING. I'm so jealous

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  • Anonymous

    LOVED so much the first look! I want it noooooooow 😛

  • Melissa

    3 awesome looks, I think the first one is my favourite

  • Aria

    Ooo Heidi Klum wore leopard print pants like yours too!

  • Teresa

    It's been said before, I'll say it again, those polka dot pants are AMAZING!


    Are those Batik velvet stretch bellbottoms? If so, they are more necessary than daily brushing (teeth or hair)
    Man Repeller does it again. Merci!

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  • Moi

    Damn girl, I am new here, and you rock my world… I just wish you tagged your posts so I could obsess n' navigate some MOAR. Glad about the question/ answer thing too, so much inspiration to take from this blog. I <3 you!!! Meow!

  • twentyeight

    Great style, as always! I love how much fun you have with your outfits and was drawn to the last look, I realized I have those pants.. love them and like the way your brought in stripes.. might just have to try that one for myself!


  • Mike

    I really, really like the polka dots pants!

  • Anna

    Check out her blog, i think it deserves to be known :)

  • mirae.tanya

    fancy leggings and pants you have there! Love it!

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  • Cocktails And Lip Gloss

    first outfit = amazeballs!

    i want the whole ensemble.

  • birdie

    great polka dot pants :)

  • Anonymous

    Those polka dot pants are beyond fabulous :)
    I love your blog/style, for me your blog is not only tres tres fashionable, but very humorous, the best of both worlds.
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  • Fabiola

    Ahhh!! Love all your looks.
    I even consider the tought of dressing myself as a 90's child, but I already made my Galliano costume for halloween.


  • Gabriella

    ohhh you fancy, loving the second outfit. bomb.

  • bsharking

    Amazingly stylish dresses…

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  • Linda Lu

    Still haven't formulated a concrete opinion about the revival of bell bottoms, but you are rocking them.

  • haviland

    the Jordan Catalano reference… I can't even

  • animal print pants

    Love your lips in those polka dotted pants:)

  • Grace

    aww vintage MR! You look so young (still lovely both ways)

  • Zoya

    What is FUPA???