15 Ways To Style Palazzo Pants

by Pratima Ati

Are you preparing for the summer? Dreading the heat and wondering what bottoms to wear? I don’t know about you, but I’m not even touching jeans this summer.

Palazzos are your rescue rangers here!

But, did you know this is not a new trend? Palazzos have been a hit since their inception in the 1960s. They were first sported by the famous designer Coco Chanel on a beach back in the day. Coco, you should know that we are all indebted to you! Cut to a few years later, and this retro trend is back with a new age twist. Follow me, and we’ll break a few myths about palazzos and go over some styling ideas (my favorite part!).

What Are Palazzo Pants?

Palazzo pants are trousers, except way more comfortable. They flare out from your knees as they move down to the legs. They are slightly high-waisted and create a sensual silhouette, contrary to the popular belief that they look unflattering. They were first spotted in the 1960s and now come in many variants to match the current trends. From formals to travel trousers, they come in all shapes and sizes. Take a look!

How And What To Wear With Palazzo Pants

1. Cropped Folk Palazzo Trousers

We thought we would get your attention with this exciting piece of palazzo pants. This pair of larger than life wide-cut pants with a crop top, a bamboo bag, and flats is how you welcome summer.

2. Wide-Legged Palazzo Trousers

We caught you off-guard with these, didn’t we? We know that the general understanding of palazzos is that they are all about that hippie vibe, but that couldn’t be far from the truth. Wide-legged trouser-style palazzos work well as business casuals. You can throw on a blazer too to finish off the look.

3. Black Palazzos And Off-Shoulder Top


Let’s do the one combination that comes to us naturally, but slightly differently. Instead of black trousers and white shirt, try black palazzos with a white off-shoulder top. Watch this outfit transform the vibe within seconds.

4. 3/4th Palazzos And Bodysuit

Tame your wide-legged trousers with a figure-hugging bodysuit. Checks add character to the pants while its 3/4th length adds to the charm. Style this look with pumps and a formal blazer before walking into a meeting.

5. Floral Sharara Palazzos

When you are in the mood to do a little Indie thing with your outfit, these pants fit the bill. These floral sharara-style palazzos look perfect with a turtleneck T-shirt, tribal jewelry, ankle-strap heels, and a slick high ponytail.

6. Palazzos And Short Kurta

Palazzos with a short kurta is one of the smartest outfits you can wear. You can dress up or down with this outfit. You can wear it to work, a party, or a meeting. Finish off the look with platform heels or wedges.

7. Palazzo Pants And Long Kurtis

Palazzos have replaced leggings – and it is official. They bring comfort and style to your ethnic wardrobe. Pair them with any long kurti to create a comfy but chic look.

8. Powder Blue Palazzos With A Tube Top

Pair your powder blue palazzos with a tube or off-shoulder top. Throw on wedges and a side body bag, style your hair in beachy waves, and put on some subtle makeup when you head to your next brunch party.

9. Flowing Palazzos And A Halter Top

Come summer, let these pants take over. They are oh-so-comfortable but without compromising on style. Halter neck, racerback, ruffle tops, or anything that adds dimension without adding weight to the pants works perfectly.

10. Patterned Palazzo Pants

Patterned palazzos add definition to your outfit without looking over the top as long as you choose the right pattern. Ankle-length palazzos and a plain T-shirt go well with white Converse shoes, gladiator sandals, or even sneakers, depending on how you want to swing the outfit.

11. White Palazzos

Fan of linens and cotton clothes? You can do an all-white look with white palazzo pants to look incredibly classy. Tuck in a soft cotton shirt, throw on some tribal jewelry, and go for a “no makeup” makeup look.

12. Striped Palazzos And Crop Top

Heading out to the beach? Ankle-length palazzos are the perfect choice. They are airy, don’t get dirty, and are too cute to say no to. Pick striped pants and pull off the matching top outfit thingy with a crop top, throw in sliders, and a hat!

13. Straight Formal Palazzos

Wondering what straight-cut palazzos look like? Formal palazzo trousers look better when they are a little less broad and cut straight, unlike casual palazzos. Pair this pair with a spaghetti top for a balanced silhouette.

14. High-Waisted Beige Trousers

If you have tried all types of styles with palazzos, go for a matching outfit like this. These high-waisted slit floral pants with a matching crop top are perfect for holidays in summer and spring.

15. Palazzos For Wedding

Do you prefer androgynous outfits over anything feminine? Even to a wedding? Then, a palazzo jumpsuit like this can do it for you. Put your hair in a sleek bun, throw on a side body bag or carry a clutch, and put on some exquisite jewelry to stand out in style.

Congratulations, your summer wardrobe is now sorted! I can sit here and talk about it forever, but you get the gist. In my head, I’ve already ditched my denim for palazzos, and it’s time you do it too. What is your favorite palazzo style? Post it in the comments section below and let us know!

Expert’s Answers For Readers’ Questions

How will I know if palazzos suit my figure?

The common myth with palazzos is that they only look good on tall women. While it’s true that tall women look great in them, it doesn’t mean that shorter women can’t rock them. If you are short, go for palazzos that aren’t too huge but slightly narrow. Curvy women look great in palazzos when the focus is on the top. Wear a well-fitting top and avoid too many layers.

Can petite women wear palazzo pants?

If you are petite, pair your palazzos with a crop top or a short kurta that don’t add weight to your upper body. Go for pumps or sandals that are narrow instead of anything chunky that can shrink you down further.

Are palazzos considered formal wear?

Yes, totally. It depends on how you style them and the tops you team them up with. Unless the bottoms are too deconstructed or look like travel pants, you can wear them to work.

What shoes do you wear with palazzo pants?

Pumps, ankle-strap heels, and peep-toe heels narrow down the broad silhouette of palazzos. Wedges and platform heels are also fail-proof options to pair with palazzos. Oxfords, sneakers, or gladiators look nice too if you want to go the boho way.

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Pratima Ati

After working in Marketing and Business Development for a few years, Pratima Ati jumped ship to pursue two things she loved – fashion and writing. She’s now a full-time Fashion & Lifestyle writer and has never looked back ever since. She sleeps early, reads often, and when she can't, she finally gives a closure to all the characters living in her drafts. Sometimes, they pass off as poetry too! That, and her training in Indian classical music and playing (learning) the veena keep her sane, civil, and bearable.