Printed jeans – to wear or not to wear? That is the question

Having conducted a relatively quick survey amongst friends, it would appear that the current state of the weather has led to us all wearing a “uniform” of about five items, on a rotating basis.  It involves jeans, boots, a couple of jumpers and a mac. Sorted.

So today, I am bringing you some spring colours.  There’s a whole debate raging about printed jeans – to wear or not? And if so, and one is over a certain age, how to style them? 

Having a thirteen year old daughter, I was slightly concerned when I was styled in printed jeans for the Woman & Home feature.  I felt a bit “young” in them – as if I were treading on her fashion toes – which in my view is never a good thing. A Mum needs to know where to draw the line!

Having said that (!) I quite liked the colours in these jeans which I spotted the other day in Primark. The background is khaki, with lilac and peach flowers. I just felt that the khaki background was a little different and the contrast less intense than a lot of the printed jeans which have a white background.

I also bought a lilac nailvarnish in Primark, which you can see above. The photo makes them look blue – which they aren’t.

Having decided that it might be all right to tread on the tips of my daughter’s fashion toes, I needed to think about how to go about styling said jeans. For me it had to be in a sophisticated way, rather than in a teenage kind of way.  So, here’s the mint green silk shirt that I have shown previously and which is from H&M (£30).

As an alternative, this slouchy linen T-shirt from Zara (£15.99) would also be a good option, possibly with heels and a blazer….

…such as this cream Chanel inspired one from Zara – which has a whole selection of similar jackets this season.

So, here are the jeans and the silk shirt together…

and here are the jeans and the Zara jacket together…

Here’s one outfit possibility…

and here’s a second one.

I really like this colour combination. Granted, pastels aren’t for everyone and neither are printed jeans but if you did fancy having a foray into either, or both, this may be a way of doing so. At £13, the jeans aren’t too big a financial commitment so what do you reckon – are you likely to give them a go? (Says she, showing you these items but not actually wearing them, you note!)



  1. kathynewlyn
    May 5, 2012 / 9:47 am

    Not for me I think! I thought I was being brave and pushing the boundary with my red jeans (yet to be worn!) so not sure I am ready for printed ones quite yet. However, on someone more slender, and a year or two younger, why not! That's you Beth BTW 😉

    • StyleGuile
      May 5, 2012 / 5:44 pm

      Hi Kathy – looking forward to seeing the red jeans but I think you are right – printed are to be approached with caution!

  2. Anonymous
    May 5, 2012 / 1:53 pm

    They are pretty bad though. If they weren't in fashion would you really wear? will they be in the photo album of shame by xmas?

    • StyleGuile
      May 5, 2012 / 5:47 pm

      They could quite possibly be in the photo album of shame by Christmas but I am sure that there are worse crimes I could commit!

  3. beautysoup
    May 5, 2012 / 2:43 pm

    They are incredibly similar to a £200 pair I've tried on from Current Elliot so have to be worth a go!

  4. StyleGuile
    May 5, 2012 / 5:48 pm

    Oooh, how are you liking yours? Have you worn them much and if so, what with? I am intrigued!

  5. Anonymous
    June 27, 2012 / 7:52 pm

    I LLLOOOOOVVVEEEEE the jeans!!! the only problem is trying to find a top that will actually blend in with the style of the jeans, but its worth the bother!! 🙂

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