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Trend spotters
The printed bottom look isn’t just for big metropolitan cities. Area stores and boutiques are picking up on the trend. Here’s where we found it:
Missoni-inspired pants, $46 at Essentials and Frosting (1200 E. Seventh St., Auburn)
Ikat slim leg crops by Larry Levine, $16.99 at Marshall’s (334 E. Pettit Ave.)
Floral Bleecker Street Crop Straight Leg Pant, $46.95 at New York & Company (Glenbrook Square)
Merona Classic Chino Shorts in Pink/Purple Print, $17.99 at Target stores
Note: Availability of items and prices are subject to change

Hot pants: Prints move from tops to bottoms in season’s fashion

Alice and Olivia watercolor shorts ($165, Bloomingdale’s) with orange Equipment Femme shirt ($198), Danielle Nicole bag ($98) and Splendid shoes ($94)
Ikat shorts make a Fun2Fun silk green top come to life ($30 and $39) when styled with a spikey gold ring, blue and gold bracelet and Butter flats ($288).
Essentials and Frosting
Missoni-inspired pants
New York & Company
Floral Bleecker Street crop straight leg pant

Step away from the jeans. Though versatile, denim does very little in the wow department. Pants with loud florals, happy polka dots and pretty paisleys, on the other hand, scream “Let’s have some fun!”

“We have a tendency to get in a rut wearing the same solid pants and just interchanging the top,” says Julie Egermayer, owner of Violet Boutique in Washington, D.C. “But wearing patterned bottoms is an easy way to add some pop to your wardrobe. They’re no longer a fashion risk – they’re a fashion staple.”

We’ve rounded up our favorite patterned pants to prove that this season, prints are king.