A few years ago, the only ever bottoms anyone wore was a pair of jeans that came in various shades like blue, navy or black and varieties like ripped, printed and high or low waist. At professional spaces, people adorned trousers with shirts to complete their look. After a while, these outfits began to look monotonous and less comfortable when it came to seasons like wearing it during the summers. This was when the trend of palazzo pants came as a saving grace.
The word palazzo comes from an Italian word which means a large building or a palace. Although it seems like palazzo is the trend of today, this isn’t the truth. Ideally, palazzo pants came into being during the 1960-70s when women wore these pants as a way of remembering the fashion of the women during the 1930s. They were wide-legged trousers and initially worn by Katherine Hepburn and Greta Garbo. In the ’60s, a few restaurants denied them entry to women who wore pants since skirts were the norm. This was thus a loophole created to go about these regulations.
Most individual mistakes confuse these with bell-bottoms, but palazzos are evenly distributed from the waist to the ankle whereas bell-bottoms flair and open up on their way to the ankles.
They are a summer favorite since they are breezy, lightweight, and make the skin breathe through these pants, not letting one perspire in them. Unlike jeans that display casual look and trousers that are worn at professional spaces, palazzos are diverse. Palazzos come in a variety of ways that can be paired with tops for casuals, formal tops or shirts complete with a jacket for a Formal look and with A-line Kurtis for a traditional look.
Earlier Kurtis was a big hit when you wore them with leggings, but their tightness to the body was uncomfortable when worn, and you couldn’t experiment with looks. Palazzos give you the freedom to be worn with anarkalis, Kurtis with side slits or front slits. When you team it with a pair of juttis or wedges and complete the look with jhumkas, you are good to go for any traditional function you may have to attend.
Palazzos may seem a more straightforward concept since they are just bottoms, right? How different can they be? But in reality, palazzos come in a wide variety of types. There are at least 25 types of palazzos for you to choose from. Some of these being denim palazzos, Tassel Palazzo, Tiered Palazzo, Belt Palazzo, Culottes, Double Layered Palazzo, Dhoti Palazzo, Tuck Palazzos among other types.
As a casual look you can pair your palazzo with a tank top, off-shoulder top or even a casual shirt. Palazzos also come in a variety of prints which can be used to create a funky look, teaming it with accessories like fashionable bangles or long earrings. You can also go for a long top that is styled with a belt and a choker necklace and a sling bag to complete your casual and breezy look. It can also be worn with t-shirts tucked in or crop tops since these pants can be pulled to the top.
Gone are the days when people wore shirts with trousers to work. Nowadays, the trend is to look fashionable and yet, comfortable. Striped palazzos with button-down shirts can make for an exquisite formal look. Accessorize it with a chunky necklace worn over the shirt and under the collar, and it will make for very chic and a sophisticated dressy look complete with a pair of pumps.
Apart from wearing it for different occasions, palazzos come in a variety of types. They can also be styled in various ways. Some of them being:
- Floral Sharara palazzos that you can team with a turtleneck T-shirt, tribal jewellery, ankle-strap heels.
- Ankle length palazzos to be worn with short Kurtis.
- Palazzo pants that can be worn with long Kurtis
- Tube tops to be worn with palazzos and completed with a cold shoulder, off the shoulder or tube tops teamed with cross body bags or sling bags and paired with heels.
- Flowy palazzos with a halter or crop top and choker necklaces.
- Ankle length patterned palazzo pants with a V neck top
- White shirt with Printed palazzos
- Wide-legged trouser-style palazzos paired with a jacket for a formal look