They have been called bell bottoms, hipsters, harem pants, or flared pants. But not to be confused with the aforementioned, palazzo pants also known as culottes flare out from the waist to the ankle, and not from the knee. Attributed to a popular trend in the 60’s and ’70s this style of wide-legged cuffed trousers made a comeback in 2017 but we just can’t get enough. Here’s why;
Palazzo pants are chic, stylish, comfortable and widely versatile.
They are anti-skinny meaning they don’t snug.
If you are one to complain about friction, say no more since these pants have ample room for your legs to breathe.
Palazzo pants are very conservative and you can go as loose as to have them resemble a maxi skirt.
They come in different designs, colours, patterns and features meaning there’s everything for anyone. Yes, even for the petite woman, in case you’re asking.
Now let’s look at the different ways you can style palazzo pants/culottes
Pair them with heels
A common myth is that palazzo pants can only look stylish if worn by the tall woman. Well, that’s not entirely true. Sure, if you are tall you can wear pair your pants with sandals, but this is where the petite woman wins sophistication points if they pair the pants with heels.
Since you don’t want your pants to collect all the dust wherever you walk, aside from looking sophisticated, a pair of heels is also the best solution to curb this menace.
Go for a monochrome look if you would like to create a continuous thin line which makes you appear taller. Palazzo pants come in many colours including pastels, classic whites and blacks and other muted shades. Hence, if you are aiming for a rich, elegant and sophisticated look monochrome is the way to achieve it. Finish your look with a stylish box bag or a clutch with chain and you won’t believe how effortless your outfit will look. 7 Fashionable Colours You Should Add To Your Wardrobe
Suit it up if you’re aiming for a formal look.
Wear the pants with light fabric tops
Pallazo pants may come in light materials and fabric, but the last thing you want to do is add bulk to your ensemble. For this reason, no matter the style of top you choose to wear, whether cropped, patterned, ruffled, a pull neck or the classic off-shoulder, ensure that the material is light and that the top fits you well.
For a put-together look, pair your palazzo pants with a classy crop top or if opting for a blouse or shirt ensure the fit is tight.
The following are classic tops you can team with palazzo pants.
Pallazo pants with a bodysuit
Palazzo pants with a halter top
Pair the pants with a sweater top
If you opt to pair your pants with a shirt, sweater or tank top, put your height into consideration. If you are petite opt for high waisted palazzo pants and ensure to tuck in the shirt. You can also tie it above your waist to reduce the bulkiness. Another option is to wear heels in case you prefer not to tuck in your top.
On the other hand, if you are tall you can do both high waisted or low waisted pants. Tall people also have the option to tuck in fully, halfway, partly, or not at all.
Palazzo pants paired with an off-shoulder tube top, a shirt or t-shirt
Ankara Palazzo pants paired with a blouse or tube top
Pallazo pants with a tube top and well-fitted leather jacket
Other tops you can try include; bralettes, corsets, lace tops and boob tops.
Add a belt
There’s no end as to how you can style your culottes. But one way you shouldn’t miss out on is adding a belt. All you need is to find a statement belt and you’ve added that extra spice in your outfit in just a matter of seconds.
Pair them with different shoes
Don’t we all like classic looks from the ’90s? For a laid back vibe, pair your palazzo pants with sneakers and don’t forget your favourite T-shirt. For a bohemian look choose espadrilles and seal it off with appropriate accessories. If you are going to the beach sandals will work just fine.
Striped palazzo pants
If you want to claim that legs all the way to the moon look, choose striped palazzo pants. Stripes are timeless, clean, easy to pair with a black or white top, and they set the right canvas to add on a statement piece. Check out how to style stripped outfits
They are put together, elegant, effortless and importantly very chic. However, with jumpsuits, you cannot afford the versatility that comes with pants. Thus a good way to look stylish is to play around with accessories. Categories to choose from include hats, bags, different type of shoes, sunglasses, belts, statement jewellery, blazers and even coats, trench coats and jackets. Here the floor is yours so style away.
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