Move over skinny pants, palazzo pants are back in!
Coco Chanel wore them in the 20s and Katherine Hepburn wore them in the 30s. But it wasn’t until the 60s and early 70s that palazzo pants were embraced and worn by the masses. One of the reasons they became popular is because some of the ritzy restaurants in Europe insisted on enforcing the rule that women had to wear skirts or dresses to their restaurants. The women wanted to wear pants, so they found a way around it by wearing long, loose, floaty pants that looked similar to the dresses and skirts.
If you’re keen to wear this latest fashion trend read on…
Palazzo pants can be tricky to wear for those of us who are ‘vertically challenged’ and for anyone who carries weight on their hips and thighs. The volume of fabric and the full, broad leg can make you look wider and shorter.
Here are my top 6 tips to wearing palazzo pants well:
- Wear heels to visually elongate your legs. Wedges are a comfortable option.
- Choose light floaty fabrics.
- Hem them as long as possible (but not too long that they’re a trip hazard ?).
- Wear lighter or colourful tops, and jewellery to draw attention up to your face.
- Choose solid colours or small dense patterns.
- And, as well as the suggestions in point 4, you could also wear the same colour or a similar colour to your pants to make you look longer and taller.
There are plenty of colours and styles at online stores like The Iconic
If you want more info on how to create stylish outfits using loose, baggy clothing like palazzo pants, you can read my article on the Principle of Volume.