How to Wear Brightly Colored Pants

October 7th, 2009

How to Wear Colored Pants
Shop the Look (clockwise, from top): Boudoir Lace Trim Cami | $12.90 at Forever 21, Maddie Faux Leather Tote | $29.80 at Forever 21, Belted Ankle Boots | $26.80 at Forever 21, Real Straight Cords | $54.50 at Gap, Granola Knitted Turtleneck Cardigan | $36.99 at Ruche.  See more information about this look.


What’s the key to wearing brightly colored pants?  Pair them with a top in a complementary color - and then fill out the rest of the outfit with neutrals.  That way, you build the outfit around the pants and work them seamlessly into your look. Here’s how to wear brightly colored pants:

1.  Start with a pair of brightly colored pants.  We chose a pair of mustard cords to build the look around.
2.  Choose a top in a complementary color.  This lace trim camisole in dusty blue pairs beautifully with the mustard cords.
3.  Finish off the outfit with neutral pieces and accessories: a cream colored turtleneck cardigan (which also adds texture), and a buckled handbag and flat boots in shades of brown.

How would you wear brightly colored pants? Share your style with us in the comments!

Entry Filed under: Ready Made Outfits, Women

6 Comments Add your own

  • 1. danielle  |  October 8th, 2009 at 12:52 pm

    I have a thing for red pants, I have several pairs. They are way more versatile then you might think - I can wear them with grey, black, brown and cream.

  • 2. RobynT  |  October 8th, 2009 at 2:21 pm

    cool. brightly colored pants always catch my attention but they do make me a little nervous too. so by complementary, do you mean like the opposite on the color wheel? or just another color that looks good? little of both?

  • 3. Cathie  |  October 8th, 2009 at 4:29 pm

    Color is an attention getter. Colored pants are most flattering on smaller and thinner figure types. If you have a big bottom or large hips stay away from brightly colored pants. You want to accentuate your positive areas not call attention to areas that are not flattering.

  • 4. Rose Reyes  |  October 10th, 2009 at 1:14 pm

    Absolutely love those pants! Great advice on how to wear them!

  • 5. rose  |  October 14th, 2009 at 1:46 pm

    I own these pants from Gap that are featured here and recently I wore them with a dark brown tank top and a cream colored cardigan that had some chic pearl embroidery on it. Paired with dark brown ankle boots and pearl jewelry. got many compliments. Don’t be afraid of bright pants, just play down everything else if you’re nervous! :)

  • 6. Jordii  |  May 26th, 2010 at 1:26 pm

    ok, i hve these red pants i alwys pair them off w a graphic tee nad boots idk why i alwys pair them w boots, cz i am a girly girl but i alwys add a rocker chic to my outfits.

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