Palazzo pants have been making women feel "pretty" since the 1930's but they stand for so much more than just a pant style- they are part of history and have evolved along with women's movements throughout the years. First introduced by Coco Chanel, who is responsible for classic trends we still wear today, palazzo pants were later adopted by Hollywood actresses like Katharine Hepburn and Marlene Dietrich. The palazzo pant style surfaced as a necessity and definitely out of creativity- many restaurants and public places were frowning upon women wearing trousers so women got creative and come up with a wide legged style that resembled a skirt but still possessed the comfort of pants. It was an innovation that eventually changed fashion history and gave us what we know as palazzo pants and the culottes (a shorter version of wide legged pants).
If you do a little snooping around on dictionary.com, you can find the literal meaning of the word "palazzo" which originates from Italy and is described as "a large, splendid residence or public building, such as a palace or museum". It comes as no surprise then that this fabulous wide legged pant ended up with its well deserved title- the style itself is grand and architectural resembling the structure and size of a magnificent building. They are certainly just as resilient as a museum or palace because they have lasted in fashion throughout the years and keep making a come back. We've witnessed the palazzo pants go from resembling a maxi skirt to being incorporated into a jumpsuit in the 1960's and becoming more tailored in recent years. No matter what form they are presented in, one thing is for sure: they are here to stay and will keep making a come back in future years.
Here are 4 reasons why we think so:
1. They are comfortable. It is no surprised that the reason they were created in the first place was their ability to be comfortable but still feminine. Women will always seek comfort especially as we move into a fast paced environment where we're always multi tasking.
2. There are infinite ways to style them. It really is a well-rounded clothing item and can be styled a variety of different ways. A simple pair of palazzo pants can work just as well with a blazer as it would with a casual blouse. It also gives the wearer the control to make them casual or more dressed up simply by mixing them with the right pair of shoes (we think Palazzo pants and heels are a match made in heaven)
3. They offer design versatility. Palazzo pants are the easiest to take from casual to formal and work with any fabric choice and design element. They work just as well as a beach cover-up as they do in a formal setting at the office- All that's necessary for the transition is the appropriate choice of fabric. We've seen them work well in summer florals and bold prints as well as in a classic suiting fabric. It's the A-line character of the pant legs that will always give it a classic look.
4. They are flattering! Palazzo pants look beautiful on both curvy and slim figures. They flare out from the hip into an A-line shape to create a clean, proportionate look. They can make your legs appear longer and more slender but also maintains an hourglass characteristic by accentuating the waist.
Doina Alexei Palazzo Pants from F/W 16 collection
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