For 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.
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.
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!