The thought of wearing something as brash and bright as floral print trousers used to scare me senseless. What if people laugh? Will it make my legs look fat? How can I avoid looking like a garden centre? These were just some of the irrational thoughts that would pop into my head when I'd eye them up in the shops. Then one day, armed with some courage, I took the plunge and bought a pair from Topshop. Here are a few ways I've learnt to style them.
Keep it simple
These trousers scream summer to me so I usually wear them on hot, sunny days. Balance the brightness of the trousers by pairing it with a simple white t-shirt and accessorise with some white wedges and a straw bag. Stay away from darker tones like black as it'll drain the vividness and look too bulky and keep your jewellery minimal.
Heels add glamour
When the occasion calls for a dose of glamour I jazz these trousers up with skyscraper high heels. Go for a pair in a bright, punchy colour like juicy orange or hot pink and avoid anything with fussy details. Buckles, prints or embellishment will make the entire outfit look trashy. To finish, add a leather jacket and some edgy pieces of jewellery. Topshop have a great range of skull themed jewellery out right now.
Prettify with a cardigan
Floral trousers needn't always be edgy. Simply pair it with a cardigan for a more ladylike look. I love how these trousers look with a bright pink cardi as the shades really complement each other without looking too cutesy. I got mine from H&M who have a huge selection of colours for just £14.99. Finish this look with some simple court shoes and a clutch.
Mix it up
Clashing prints are huge this season but it takes guts to pull off. Anything goes with this trend so swap your plain top for something completely contrasting. But if the thought of pairing floral trousers with a leopard print vest horrifies you, try going for a print in a similar tone to your trousers. Still not convinced? Ease yourself into it with a scarf or shoes in a clashing print. This outfit is busy enough on its own so keep accessories to a minimum.
For the days that aren't quite so warm, and let's face it, that's most days, I wear these trousers with a slouchy jumper. Sweaters are huge this spring so stock up on a few in sorbet shades and team it with some chunky heels. If you want to go slightly more preppy add a crisp, white shirt underneath and finish with a satchel.
Smarten up floral trousers for the office by wearing it with a silk top and blazer. If you're feeling particularly brave then go for a neon shade on top and neutralise the outfit with a black blazer. Finish with some pointy heels and a simple necklace.