Printed Pants Party: How to Wear Printed Pants

The Girl in the Check Scarf makes peace with one of this season’s biggest trends: printed pants

If you read my blog post last week, you’d know that I’ve been trying to get out of my comfort zone when it comes to fashion. I’m slowly and surely straying from my all-black-and-skinny-jeans uniform and doing adventurous things (i.e. wearing skirts and a touch of color. It’s a big deal, people). Wearing black every day isn’t exactly my intention, it just so happens that when I’m shopping, I’m attracted to structural, dark clothing. Prints (or any color, really) aren’t typically appealing to me.

However, I recently did something so crazy, so different, so unusual, that it has caused me to question my own identity, sanity, and fashion sense. Even my best friend called me and said “I don’t know who you are anymore.” The truth is, I didn’t know what had gotten into me either. I don’t know why I did it. The only thing I know is that I’m really happy, and I feel like a million bucks. Here’s how it all went down…

I must be going crazy, I thought as I picked them up. These are totally not for me. These are for brave, adventurous girls. So I put them back down. Still… I thought, they’re pretty freaking fabulous. And the next thing I knew, they were over my arm on the way to the dressing room. And then, they were in my hand on the way to checkout. And then, they were in my shopping bag on the way home.

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Cha-ching. It was done. I HAD BOUGHT PRINTED PANTS.

Ever since I realized the beauty of printed pants, I haven’t been able to stop wearing them. They’re unlike anything in my subdued, minimal closet, but they match nearly everything because they have so many colors in their print. They look amazing with heels, boots, or sneakers, and they make any shirt I’m wearing pop. I’m getting compliments on them like crazy, and I want to go and pick up a few more pairs ASAP. I think the reason that I like them so much is that they’re unlike anything I’ve owned before. But they’re exciting, and I’m making them my own by matching them with things that I already have. As a result, they’ve become very “me!”

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About The Girl in the Check Scarf:
Sarah Justine is a 17-year-old student/fashion blogger with nothing to wear, who reads The New Yorker, and schemes of going to Paris. She’s been blogging daily for three years at, and in March of 2012 she was named “One Of The Top 10 Bloggers Under 18” by She is a TED attendee, fashion and technology geek, aspiring trend forecaster, and constant wearer of black clothing. She is currently a senior in high school and resides in Poughkeepsie, NY.

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