Every few decades the fashion world makes a comeback and rehashes a favourite retro or pre-retro dresses for girls. Remember bell-bottoms? Puffed hair? Extended eye-liner? Well, this happens to be the year of palazzos and looks like the trend is here to stay. Well, what’s not to love? Comfortable, stylish and extremely versatile, these are a total wardrobe win-win and are quickly becoming a staple couture wear. So, while you are piling up your shopping carts this sale season, do not forget to throw in some basic palazzos. Oh hold on, are you confused between the many types, what to choose and how to style them? Worry not ladies, the fairy Godmother of palazzo has heard your pleas and put us in charge of sorting out your palazzo troubles. So here goes!
1. Straight cut palazzos
Formal wear can be quite tiring with the belts, buckles and the whole routine. So, when palazzos offer a more comfortable, yet stylish alternative, why not just grab it? Straight cuts can be paired with kurtas of any length, and they just look marvellous with Pakistani suits.
Style tip: Use colour blocking in contrast. If you are looking to make a statement, pick straight cut palazzos with lace bottom work for an extra edge.
2. Flared palazzos
Perhaps the most popular kind of palazzos, the flared cuts mimic a skirt, but are ten times more practical. Airy and breathable, they make an instant statement with kurtis, tops or if you are feeling playful, even a plain white shirt! These palazzos come in every possible print. Ranging from plain to printed, they look absolutely stunning in ethnic work like Indigo, Kalamkari, Bandhani, Ajrakh and other block prints.
Style tip: Steer clear of these if you are on the shorter side of the scale as these can make you look quite square and squat. If you are wearing a printed palazzo, go for a plain, single colour top to offset the work. Finish off with a messy bun and a pair of statement earrings.
3. Cropped palazzos
The new kid on the block, cropped palazzos are stealing the thunder of many a styles. Tailored exactly like palazzos which are made to trail at the heel, cropped palazzos end inches above the ankle, giving your outfit a very modern and chic look. Perfect for an evening out with the girls, a date or even an evening at the gallery or the theatre, this outfit speaks casual, comfortable yet elegant all at once.
Style tip: Reserve this one for a casual outfit and not for the more formal occasions. Team these with a pair of strappy flats or kitten heels, in case you need to look a little more uptown.
4. Layered palazzos
Who doesn’t love a little bit of extra in everything? The extra layering adds for more drama to the palazzo pants which on its own draw quite a fair amount of attention. Rock your walk with this easy, breezy palazzo with the wind catching up on the pleats, making you look exquisite ans picturesque with every step.
Style tip: In order to showcase the extra layering, choose shorter tops or even trail type kurtas which have a shorter front and a longer back. Long earrings and wedges are the cherry on top!
5. Trouser style palazzos
Have you been hunting for sexy yet leisurely formals all your life? Well, your prayers have been answered! The trouser style palazzos are just what you need. The fitted waist is usually tailored with a zipper on the side to give your body a sleeker and more toned look. Instead of the pleating at the back, trouser type palazzos come without the pleating and make for a sleeker and neater finish.
Style tip: Pair this up with a plain white shirt or a single colour top and accessorise according to the occasion.
The original inspiration of the cropped palazzo, culottes originate from 18th century France. Unlike the palazzo, they end at the knee and are cut at full leg width to give the appearance of a skirt. On the desi scene, culottes work perfectly as casual couture. You can also try a more formal look with trouser style culottes with a tucked in top.
Style tip: Culottes make for an androgynous style statement. So it is the perfect wear for a casual meet. You can try the sporty chic look with sports pumps to finish the outfit.
7. Palazzo suits
Churidaars, leggings and patialas are now totally old school. Chuck them aside for synchronized palazzo suits that are absolutely charming. These make for an elegant style statement and work for every age group and almost every occasion.
Style tip: When buying palazzo suits, try going in for synchronization which makes for a great, symmetrical colour silhouette. Pair this up with a statement neck piece or a choker if you a wearing a lower neckline.
8. Tie up palazzos
This fun look has perfectly adapted the best of the skirt and the pant world. The tie up belt at the top works like a wrap-a-round in some models, while it is purely ornamental in others. The ultimate look is that of a skirt at the back and palazzo at the front. This interesting, modern variation of the palazzo is extremely elegant and uptown. And you don’t have to go shop to shop looking for these, thanks to the world of online shopping. So, go ahead and shop these beauties for your closet.
Style tip: Pair this up with a simple spaghetti top or a basic tee and junk on the jewellery. Pack in a high ponytail, a statement neck piece, slender bangles and totally rock the boho-chic look in this one.
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