Suzy: Breezy Floral Freedom

By Suzy Gibson

Palazzo pants have always been a mystery to me. Where did the name come from? Is this a new trend or a comeback trend? So I did what any curious fashionista would do, I turned to the glowing magic box on my desk for answers. Just a couple of clicks on the keyboard, voila! A smorgasbord of information:

  • The word palazzo has Italian roots and means palace or palatial building. Palaces were big, with broad bases and narrow tops. Hence, flowy pants with a fitted waistline. Palazzo pants are known to be roomier and more comfortable than regular pants.
  • Palazzo pants were first made popular back in the 1960s and 1970s. So it IS a comeback trend. This wide-legged style is reminiscent of the avant-garde fashions of the 1930s and 1940s.
1-Katherine Hepburn
Katherine Hepburn
Greta Garbo
3-Rita Hayworth
Rita Hayworth
4-1960s style
During the 1960s, some upscale restaurants refused to admit women wearing trousers, which were considered inappropriate by some backassward (Southern for stupid) people. What did these women do to avoid wearing skirts? You got it, palazzo pants! Go women’s rights activists!
5-Biana Jagger
Bianca Jagger was one of the most influential women of fashion in the 1970s, and frequently spotted at Studio 54 in New York City.

With all of this research I was inspired. These versatile pants can be casual or dressy and I think I might have hit the mark somewhere in between.

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Floral palazzo pants call for a simpler, more fitted top. I could get away with this fringe black crop top because the cut of the pants is high enough that any midriff is concealed.

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These pants are a welcome addition to my closet. They are elegant and feminine and have great movement. They are super comfortable and come in so many styles and trends.

Check out this link for some truly inspiring palazzo pant looks.

The Real-Real Behind the Scenes

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Here is how these pants came into my possession, they were Marcie’s. Yes, tiny, petite Marcie. She wore these to a wedding in high heels because the pants were so long on her. To make matters worse, it was an outdoor wedding in the grass. Ya’ll know what happens when you wear heels in the grass. Needless to say her husband had to prop her up most of the night. As you can see, these were just the right length for me wearing flats.

A Little Background Music

Dedicated to all those smart women who continue to push the fashion envelope with their sassy PALAZZO pants!

Shopping Links


Floral Tie-Front Palazzo Pants, $25.


Fife Print Palazzo Pants, $53.


Scoop Back Elbow Sleeve Top, $35.



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