Welcome to the Palazzo -ium

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Palazzo pants have been a rage for the last year or so. Not only popular as a western outfit but have gained more popularity in traditional wear. These wide legged wide bottomed pants are loose and flowy and flattering for most body types but that’s  determined by the top worn.
   Like all other outfits they also have lounge, casual, smart casuals and formal styles. So lets take a look on how to wear them :

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1. Lounge wear : lounge wear is defined as outfits worn to lounge in the house or rather home clothes but not just your old shorts and top. These outfits worn when you have company at home or clothes worn while inside at vacations.

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a) Western wear : mostly printed palazzos of cotton or satin material teamed with tanks or loose blouses complete this look and give one a casual chic look.

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b) Ethnic wear: team printed palazzos with a plain Kurta or plain hoseiry palazzos with a printed Kurta. The Kurta should preferrably straight or shirtish for comfort.

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2. Casual wear : these clothes are basically for day outings and running errands. They should be smart and practical but have  fashion to it.

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a) Western wear : crop tops, t-shirts or even flowy blouses paired with accessories or a nice scarf. Team them with wedges and a nice tote and you are ready for your day outings.

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b) Ethnic wear : team a nice chikankari Kurta with plain palazzos or opt for the lawn suits with mix and match prints and voila you are ready in your ethnic chic look. Materials used can be lawn, cotton or even chiffon or georgette. Kurtas are either a line or even semi anarkali.

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3. Office wear :  work wear or outfits worn in professional settings are termed as office wear. During the summer, the loose and flowy palazzos can be cooling fir the summer and thicker materials like silk or twill can also help one keep warm in the winter months. These are good options to the boring trousers and skirts for work.

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a) Western wear : opt for belted options in small prints or plain colours team it with a shell and a jacket and you are ready to be the office fashionista. Since the bottom is lose ensure that the top of the outfit is more structured you can wear pumps or even platform peeptoes. A good material is chiffon in prints or a more structured twill with convential designs of checks and hounstooth.

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b) Ethic wear: palazzo suits with dupatta look more formal. If you opt for shirt kurtas and palazzos ensure its short collared with more structure. Wear a statement necklace or a big kada and block heeled or wedge sandals or peeptoes and impress your colleagues with your in vogue style statement.

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4. Party wear : the fabric is the key to make any outfit look formal, and they differ in western and ethic wear. Shimmer and shine could be considered important aspects of party wear, but the true key is the fit and accessories as they decide your entire look.

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a) Western wear : plain pleated chiffon palazzos teamed with a printed or coloured shirt or crop top, worn with pumps and you are ready to charm the party. A nice bracelet or drop earrings with a statement clutch add the little bit of oomph needed.

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b) Ethnic wear : silk, chiffon, georgettes rule the roost in formal fabrics in ethnic wear. Gottapatti, embroidery are added embellishments to enhance the glitter factor. Palazzo suits with anarkali or sherwani kurtas are a major range and the perfect combination of the 2 most popular trends. The key to not overdoing the shine is subtle accessories or lesser embellishments on the outfit. If your palazzos have laced edges then ensure the bottom of your Kurta doesn’t though you can have work on the side or vice versa. Heavily embroidered bodices look better with chandelier earrings and full sleeve with no bangles or just a kada. Strappy sandals or heeled kolhapuris could add the oomph factor for your trendy party outfit.

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5. Wedding wear : yes you read that right, the palazzo range has become fancy as well. Maybe not worn by the bride herself but definitely has become a trend in wedding fineries.

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a) Western wear : palazzo suits or jumpsuits made of chiffon, organza, raw silk, etc are a huge trend especially during day weddings. Suits worn with hats or strapples jumpsuits worn with a strand of pearls and you have added a touch of elegance to a simple outfit.

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b) Ethnic wear : heavily embroidered palazzos with stone work or zardosi worn with an embellished long anarkali, or a straight chiffon jacket Kurta with a bordered collar and sleeves. Short kurtas are also trending making the outfit more shararish. Add a simple tikka and you are shaadi ready.
  Thus, be a part of the latest trend but word of caution find the one that fits and keep away from layered kurtas as they could add too many curves. Petite frames should opt for lighter fabrics or even above the ankle palazzos as they could drown in all the fabric and the little skin show add more length, lean frames should opt for flowy fabrics to add curves and curvy frames for structured material so they have more proportion and wear them with longer tops.
   Heavy bottom embelishments should be avoided by petite frames as they would look bogged down. Shoes play a very important role while wearing palazzos as they help you carry it off, heel is a necessity a minimum of atleast an inch if not more irrespective of block, stiletto, platform or wedges as they just make one look more polished. There are above the ankle palazzos which add length and give more focus on your footwear. So, be trendy and innovative and experiment with the new palazzo looks, has anyone tried south silk palazzos yet?

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