Festivals in Chicago radiate the sunny vibes of the summer season. When it comes to fashion, the attendees certainly dress to impress. At this year’s annual Pride Parade, in the sea of multicolored tutus, beads and crazy costumes, this Fashionista stood out from the crowd.

I spotted her wearing one of my favorite trends, patterned wide leg pants. I’ve been hunting for the perfect pair for my own wardrobe, and these ones are the answer to my patterned-pants-prayers. They were carried into summer fashion after being seen on the spring/summer 2013 runways by designers such as Mulberry and Chloe. This Fashionista’s pair has a funky, chevron pattern that isn’t too overwhelming. They are the focal point of her outfit, with a basic tank and subtle leather belt.

I like to think of these wide leg, soft fabric pants as an evolution of the maxi skirt. They are comfy, yet very high end. The playful patterns and high waists elongate her legs, even if you chose to pair it with a flat sandal. When creating an ensemble with your own wide leg pants, what is a Fashionista to wear on top? Think along the lines of what you would wear with a maxi skirt. Crop tops or solid tanks are your best bet, especially to let a busy pattern take the spotlight.

Strive to be comfy and cool in your style for this season. Wide leg pants epitomize summer comfort, so make sure to incorporate at least a pair in your wardrobe.

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