The new pants are relaxed, usually abbreviated, and are made out of colorful, print-laden fabrics that look good enough to upholster an armchair at a well-appointed gentlemen's club.
The street style photograph that launched a thousand swoons across the blogosphere.
The subtle carrot shape on these trousers allows them to be comfortable, but still look polished.
There's a subtle irreverence that comes with wearing printed pants, it evokes an extreme breaking away from the austere, utilitarian bottoms of school and military uniforms. The fact that printed pants usually don't go well with most tops in your wardrobe makes them more delightfully frivolous than practical.
Dries Van Noten shorts on Dazed and Confused editor Robbie Spencer. The fabric on these shorts is incredible. Oh Dries, where do you source your sumptuous textiles?
The H&M printed pajama pants that got away.
Here are my picks out of the patterned pantaloons e-shopping has to offer:
Have you encountered pieces of clothing that look like they smell good, even if you haven't even smelt them yet?
These Pegleg NYC for Opening Ceremony shorts look as if they smell like weekends at the Hamptons or whatever is the nearest weekend getaway outside your city. From Opening Ceremony, available here.
The forest print is unlike anything I've seen before. I'd also like to give knee-length shorts a try.
Alexandre Herchcovitch forest linen shorts. From Opening Ceremony, available here.
One of the key pieces from the runway, I'd wear these rolled-up, or even cut them short, to take away some of the severity.
Alexander McQueen show stripe pants. From Oki-ni, available here.