How to wear print trousers with style

EDGAR's fashion blogger tells us how to successfully wear print trousers, and avoid looking a fashion fool. 

October 19, 2015

In all of men’s fashion, trousers seem to be among the trickiest to get right.

They might appear like everyday items that don’t need much attention, but the truth is, getting the proper fit, color, length, et cetera to work with the rest of your outfit can be daunting. 

I can say I don’t own enough pants in proportion to shirts and blazers, and this is probably why.

That’s not all, though. This problem has become more amplified since print trousers became an acceptable part of menswear in recent seasons. Plain bottoms are hard enough to work with and these new entrants to the male wardrobe are even harder to pair with anything. 

Now, in the interest of encouraging the trend and seeing it worn on the streets of Dubai, here are some quick and dirty tips on how to pull off your fancy pants with confidence.

1. Find a print you’re comfortable with. Aztec, ethnic or paisley print might be all the rage, but if you’re going to be all self-conscious while you’re in them, it’s not going to work, and people will know. As they say, “Wear the clothes, don’t let them wear you.”

2. Don’t go overboard. If you’re wearing print trousers, keep everything else plain and solid. Let your pants pop and be the highlight of your look. Don’t listen to people who say print on print is the new way of dressing for the sartorially brave. You’re a guy, not a graffiti wall. 

3. If you’re wearing a monochromatic print, you can go with a bit of color on your shirt and jacket. But if the pattern is leaning more towards psychedelic, it’s best to tone down your other separates. Neutral colors are a must.

4. Clean up your footwear. Don’t wear busy-looking shoes because they’re going to look like extensions of your trousers, and that’s not a very good look. Stick to single-color shoes, preferably in a dark tone and subdued design, so they don’t take the spotlight away from your legwear.

Jim Joquico is founder & editor-in-chief of La Moda Dubai and Fashion Chameleon. Visit and