Meet the Palazzo pants, which is another word for wide leg, high waist trousers! Wide leg silhouettes combine the flowy, feminine feeling of a skirt with the practicality of a pair of pants. The Palazzo pants were a huge thing back in 1960s and it seems that the trend has made its comeback seeing as a great number of both trendsetters and celebrities own one in their wardrobes. While I must say I was never quite comfortable with wearing pants/jeans which were not skinny, the new trend has me head over heels and wanting to replace all my skinny jeans which have accumulated through the years.
So, you’ve seen them, fell in love with them and now you probably wonder, HOW DO I WEAR THEM?
TALL/SHORT WOMEN: SHOULD YOU WEAR?
Palazzo pants are a great choice anytime because they can look good on both tall and petite women.
Those women who are petite can always rock these pants with a pair of killer heels, open-toe heels or even wedges. Even if you don’t go for a pair of heels and you are shorter, don’t worry because the pants elongate the legs and make short women look much taller.
On the other hand, taller women might enjoy wearing these pants with a pair of flats or even with heels, which adds much more to the overall feminine look. Some might also dare to wear them with sneakers (photo below).
These pants have both a high waist and a wide leg, making it almost impossible for you to make a mistake wearing them. Either way you choose, it will look great and you will get the attention you desire.
CHOOSING THE RIGHT COLOR
First of all, I must emphasize how important it is to pay attention on the season. Brighter colors and lighter materials for spring and summer, opposite in autumn. That being said, white and baby blue are two great picks for summer. Generally, these pants are worn during spring/summer, but you can also wear them on sunny autumn days in a burgundy or brownish/camel colors with a thicker material.
Palazzo pants look the great in bright, bold colors, white and combining black and white. Simplicity is what you aim for, so what’s better than black and white?
Aside from these colors, some other great colors are indigo blue, baby blue, baby pink, beige, camel and burgundy. Even though I am not a big fan of green, I’ve seen some amazing combinations of those, too. Pick a color which suits you the best from these and you’re almost ready to go.
SHIRTS, CROPPED TOPS & T-SHIRTS
If there’s one advice I can give you, that is: stay away from wild prints. Keep it simple, quote-free and keep it bright. Having this in mind, pick whatever you like, be it a tight plain t-shirt or even a crop top. The point is to keep it simple, but pretty in order make sure your pants stand out and not the other way around. In the variety of pictures I’ve provided, you can see how these pants have been paired up with a wide range of tops.
When wearing pants in a neutral color like white, you can always go for a bolder color such as orange or indigo blue. Also, I recommend leaving all your prejudices at home when it comes to wearing a full white outfit, since this look is probably the most sophisticated one this summer. Other amazing feminine combinations include a mix of baby pink/baby blue and white.
Black pants are best worn with the white tops while all others can and should be worn with a variety of soft, bright colors.
Choose the most flattering materials and go for silk, cotton and silk combined with lace.
DETAILS & ACCESSORIES
Palazzo pants themselves are quite eye catching, so I would recommend you have minimal/no jewelry. It will drag the attention away from the real thing (and by this, we mean the Palazzos) and make you look like you’re trying too hard. Of course, a final touch should be added by wearing a nice clutch or a statement bag, but nothing too big.
The only other two details/accessories which I’ve always imagined wearing with these pants is a big floppy hat and feminine cat-eye sunglasses. I must say I found my inspiration from pics of Amal Alamuddin Clooney (picture below). My wardrobe was already enriched with a hat like this few days ago and now I am on my journey to find these pants.
Whatever you choose, remember: SIMPLICITY IS THE KEY!!