Palazzo Pants – How to Wear Them With Pizzazz

Deborah BolandFor a long time skinny jeans have reigned supreme, but now there’s a refreshing change from drainpipe legs! Palazzo pants, once the height of style in the 60′s and 70′s, are this summer’s newest trend. They’re feminine, comfy and have the power to make your legs look long and lean.

Fabulous After 40 stylist Morgan Mullin has put together some great outfits for lounging around in Palazzo pants this summer.

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1. Balance Palazzo Pants With Structure and Shape

Palazzo pants are flow-y, and very wide on the bottom so it’s important to stay fitted up top, otherwise you’ll look out of balance and your outfit becomes one big, baggy mess. You are best to wear a semi-fitted/ fitted tee or tank top that skims your shape and shows off your curves.

Tuck your tank or tee in to show of your waist and highlight the angle at which the pants flare out. A belt looks fabulous. Or, if you prefer, you can just half tucking in.

Worried about your tummy? Wear a tee that ends at the top of the hipbone.

Your tank or tee can be worn on it;s own with the palazzos, or layered with an open shirt. Be sure to roll up the sleeves on on the shirt for a relaxed, cool look. The shirt add polish without looking like trying too hard. If you don’t like this idea, but want to layer, try adding a cute jacket with a sporty 3/4 length sleeve.

Note: If tanks or tees are not your thing, you could also wear a slim, streamlined blouse that’s light and a bit flowy.

2. Color vs Print  

There’s a lot of palazzo pants out there in bold, vivid prints but also a lot of solid neutrals too. The difference is that neutrals are more elegant and when paired with the same color top can create a monochromatic look that is very elongating and slimming for shorter or heavier gals.

Not sure what color top to pair with your print palazzo’s? Pick the quietest hue in the print and make that the color of your top so your lively colored palazzo’s shine.

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2. Choose Show-Stopping Shoes

The key to pulling off the palazzo look is all in the shoes. You need some lift  to counter the fullness of the pants, and make you look tall and slim, especially if yo are not so tall to begin with. But, don’t worry you don’t have to wear towering stilettos. With flow-y palazzo pants, wedge sandals are a natural choice. They fit in perfectly with the casual, bohemian vibe. Average-tall,  slim types can get away with a flat sandals worn with palazzos.

3. Get the Right Length

Length is also key in getting the look right. Too short and you’ll look chunky, too long and you’ll look sloppy. Yes, your pants should be on the long side, but the billowy bottoms should barely touch the floor. Your pants should swish along as you walk, but you shouldn’t be tripping over them or fraying the bottoms.

4. Slouchy Accessories

A relaxed, slouchy look like palazzos demands accessories with the same look and feel.  A soft bag with a slouchy shape that echos the silhouette of your pants is your best choice. Avoid anything stiff and boxy.

The same goes for jewelry. Make it long and loose, dangly and fun, and if you can incorporate some boho texture into your look, in the way of leather, suede, fringe beading or embroidery, all the better to go with this fashion theme. A big floppy hat is the perfect topper for palazzo pants style.

Here’s a few Palazzo pants you can pick up right now. Can’t wait to see your new look. Send me a photo!

40+ Bloggers Show Off Their Mom Style

If you are a 40+ mom stuck in the rut of wearing yoga pants and an oversized tee, then this post should inspire you.

Take a look a these three hip, over 40, fashion & beauty bloggers who show you that mom chic is easier to achieve than you might think.

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Janise, the mother of twin boys, says she always makes the effort to look fabulous because it makes her feel good.

Recently she snuck away on date with her husband to a French bistro and this is what she wore. Janise paired skinny gray jeans with a bold black and white striped top and then punched up the look with a bright yellow, lemon zest jacket.

This bold color instantly adds energy and excitement to her look. To dress things up she added a gorgeous crystal brooch statement necklace and some sexy black patent heels. Isn’t it interesting how a little bit of bling and shine can totally glam up an outfit? To see Janise’s fabulous collection of clothing, shoes, and jewelry, visit her blog Mama In Heels.


Boyfriend Chinos To the Rescue

For days when jeans just won’t do, it’s nice to have another option in the closet. Chinos and khakis are great alternatives to jeans.

Style blogger Alison loves wearing her relaxed boyfriend chinos on weekends. As the mom of three, she likes to keep her style simple and is always coming up with easy ways to look pulled together without breaking the bank.

Here she pairs her chinos with a striped top (stripes are obviously the must have in tops this season), a khaki jacket, a cute pair of bright flats and a statement necklace.

For more ways to look casual and effortlessly pulled together, visit Alison at Get Your Pretty On.


Decidedly Denim

If you love your denim jeans, then take a look at how Lisa likes to wear hers. Lisa is mom to three handsome young men and grandmother to three little guys.

She kicked off the start of spring with a trip to the farmer’s market in a pair of her favorite dark denim jeans. Sheer is a popular trends and Lisa incorporates it into her look by layering  fun, geometric print chiffon top, over a bright yellow tank.

Lisa is a huge fan of accessories, especially bags, wouldn’t think of leaving home with out her cobalt blue tote. It’s the perfect bag for shopping or bopping around town. Head over to Lisa’s blog Peridot Skys to get a glimpse into her everyday life and inspirational style.

Do you have a favorite outfit that makes you look and feel great? Are you a fashion blogger or do you have a favorite 40+ fashion blogger that you would like to see featured here? Feel free to share your photos with my Fabulous After 40 readers.

Please send in a good quality, full-length photo, your age, where you are from, and any details about your outfit to: [email protected].You’ll be featured on the Facebook page as well as in an upcoming What I Wore.I love hearing from you and cheering you on, Glam Gals!

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