Palazzo Pants made their debut in the roaring twenties. Style icon Coco Chanel was the first fashionista to own this style, followed by Katharine Hepburn in the 1930’s. It wasn’t until the 60’s that Palazzo Pants became a trend. At that time it was seen as inappropriate, in some circles, for women to wear pants. So to circumvent these societal norms women opted for the flowy Palazzo Pant. Which have the look of a skirt but the freedom of a pant.
For nearly a century this classic style has been reinvented. It can be found everywhere from the runway to department stores and boutiques. While some see it as a trend, the Palazzo Pant has stood the test of time and will continue to resurface in the fashion cycle.
While they can range from fun and funky to chic and classic, the hardest part is figuring out what to pair with Palazzo Pants. Fret no more, we’ve broken it down for you. From work to weekend and date night to loungewear, we’ve given you key styling tricks and tips on how to wear Palazzo Pants and still look sophisticated.
WorkBalance and portion are key styling tips when wearing Palazzo Pants to work. If opting for a printed pair, keep the top solid. The same goes for the reverse, if wearing a solid pair of Palazzo Pants add some pizzazz and dimension with a printed top or belt as seen below.
For a weekend ready style, pair Palazzos with a simple tank and classic accessories. Strappy sandals, a bold bag or an armful of bangles will create a dressed down look that is still sophisticated. This is the perfect option for brunch, running errands or a family outing. You can be fun and casual while still looking pulled together.
Date NightShow a little skin on date night and wear Palazzos with a cold shoulder top or halter. As mentioned above, balance and portion are key so keep those things in mind when styling. The best thing about Palazzo Pants is that they look great with heels or flats, so you can go with a great pair of statement shoes or a fun and comfortable pair of flats. Add a cute clutch or bold lip to top off the look.
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LoungeComfort is kings and you’d be hard pressed to find a more comfortable pair of pants than the flowy Palazzo. You can dress them up or down but creating a chic and comfy lounge look couldn’t be easier. Whether you choose a simple tee or flowy tank the goal is to look casual and comfortable, yet styled. Put some thought into contrasting colors, prints and textures to add dimension. Flats are fun for this look, but a great wedge would also tie the look together and give more a of a resort style.