But if truth be told (and I'm sure you'd prefer that it is) I like patterned palazzos and am kicking myself for having given away some beautiful pairs that I had from the last time this trend was a trend. (You weren't even born then.) As someone who's personal style tends to err on the side of minimalism, I appreciate the way they add dramatic oomph to a look when the rest of what you're wearing is monochromatic and clean.
The best patterned palazzos have either a cool & beachy feel or are styles that could replace a maxi skirt. Small, all-over patterns are the easiest to wear, as are gradient patterns up or down a leg. Large symmetrical patterns can cut the leg or hips in awkward ways so try before you buy.
The all-over print make these a flattering, versatile alternative to plain linen trousers.
Seemingly cool pattern and colour but the pattern stops awkwardly at the in-seem.
This breaks the fluidity of the look and winds up looking pants.
I 'd never heard of them either but they're a wiz with silk prints and have a skilled eye for style.
The solid black centre creates the illusion of slim leg, making the rest of the pattern easier to pull off - and put on.
|Elizabeth & James @ Net-a-Porter|
|Tibi @ Net-a-Porter|
|Yves Saint Laurent @ Matches|
1. Despite what you think, height isn't an issue. (If those little Olsen twins can get away with maxi skirts, you can get away with these.) Just make sure the pattern and cuff-width will still work after you've had them hemmed.
2. I don't know who thought "This will be, like, oh-so irreverently cool!" to pair the €1600 silk YSLs with that shapeless white T-shirt but when I'm made chief constable of the fashion police, they'd better run.