Palazzo Pants or Culottes
So what are Palazzo Pants I hear you ask? Well they are wide mid length pants that appear to masquerade as a skirt. They are sometimes referred to as culottes and apparently Wikipedia says - The women's fashion industry commonly takes words that have historically been used as men's garments and uses them to describe an entirely different garment, creating confusion... Well now I am confused. So to google I went... Culottes is a French word first used to refer to knee breeches or tight trousers ending below the knee worn by upper class gentleman in the late middle ages. By the 18th Century culottes were standard military apparel. They then morphed into more of a similar shape in the Victorian era - culottes became a long split skirt for riding horses or gardening in. Which brings us to today; when all variations of wide, cropped trousers and trouser-like skirts have been lumped under the culottes banner.
I find this Autumn Winter 2014-15 trend very appealing because culottes/palazzo pants are practical and comfortable like trousers but still have the added swoosh of a skirt so you still feel very feminine wearing them. Palazzos/culottes were all over the Autumn Winter 2014-15 runways. So let's take a look at them in action and discuss how you can wear them!
Palazzo Pants on the Autumn Winter 2014-15 Runway
Palazzo Pants on The Street
As you can see in the Street Style photos below you can dress Palazzo pants up by wearing heels or for a more casual look you can wear loafers, slides or flats. The length of Palazzos all depend on your height. I'd suggest shorter pairs for short people and more billowing longer styles on taller people. Plus if in double just wear them in heels for extra height!