Style Advice of the Week

Whoever said, “beauty is pain” clearly had never encountered the palazzo pant. The palazzo is the fashion world’s response to sweatpants, pajamas and yoga pants. With these swooshy, breezy pants, you can still remain fashion forward and elegant while secretly being as comfortable as a lazy couch potato.

The palazzo pant first gained popularity back in the late '60s and early '70s. Even back then, the palazzo pant was a way to get around social requirements. Apparently, back in the '60s, many upscale restaurants would not permit women to wear trousers, since they were considered unladylike and inappropriate at the time. In order to get around this silly rule, many innovative thinkers used wide-leg trouser inspiration from '30s fashion stars, such as Katharine Hepburn, to create the palazzo pant.

Recently, the palazzo pant has had a comeback with the popularity of the maxi skirt and dress. Although these two options were far more comfortable than the previous tight mini skirts, the palazzo still has them beat with the amazing pajama feel of a light silk pant.

This Fashionista is wearing some vintage linen pants her mom made back in the '80s. But if your mom doesn’t have this gem hidden in her closet, you can still buy it from your favorite retailers. Free People has a beautiful vintage printed pant that I am dying for, but sadly cannot afford. But if you’re looking for something in a lower price range, these printed pants from Macy’s and Urban Outfitters are wonderful options instead.

But remember if you do choose to try out this trend to accessorize. Although you might feel like you’re having a lazy day in your pajamas, having a statement necklace or a fun top would ensure that you look glamorous instead.


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