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Go With the Flow

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I’ve been so excited to notice that  palazzo pants and culottes have come back in style lately! While the flowing pants trend isn’t everyone’s favorite look, I’ve always found that these pieces really add some nice visual interest to otherwise buttoned-up ensembles. I especially like wearing oversized looks on top and bottom, but that can be fairly tricky.

Thankfully I had my close friend, colleague, and fellow blogger, Dhrubaa M. – the author of the wildly popular Indian food blog, Not a Curry – to help me out by shooting a few photos of a look I’ve been going to more often now that the Houston weather has turned from chill to toasty in the past few weeks. After a long, hot photoshoot I was definitely craving her Triple Berry Martini!

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Here are a few tips to rocking this look without letting it wear you:

  • Tailor Your Pieces: I’ve said it once and I’ll say it again – tailor your clothes. Especially with this look, you need to make sure the waist is fitted correctly and the length is perfect for your height. Like I mention in my post, “La Mode Française” or How to Look European Chic, it’s worth it to tailor pieces you plan to wear consistently because you’ll get more wear out of them. I made sure to tailor the waist and leg length in these pants so that I wouldn’t hesitate to reach for them in the morning when the day is at its most chaotic.
  • Height Matters: I would highly suggest tailoring any palazzo pant while wearing your favorite pair of heels. The reason I suggest wearing heels with this type of look is because unless you’re around six feet tall, this trend can make the most elegant woman look like she raided her mom’s closet. Of course, I’ve seen plenty of women who rock this trend in chic flats. You know your style and body type best!
  • Quality, Quality, Quality: Avoid going cheap when it comes to oversized pants unless you’re headed to, say, the beach. The reason to look for high quality materials here is because you want the pants to gently float away from the body. I bought my palazzo pants at The Limited ages ago but H&M and Zara have some gorgeous styles in this season, too. Cheaper materials tend to be too heavy, which generally to look awkward and floppy rather than elegant. I’ll also include the warning that these pants wrinkle easily, so make sure to hang them up immediately after wearing to avoid that frustrating morning moment when you have to hurriedly pull out the iron before heading out for the day.
  • It’s All in the Details: Since this look speaks for itself, avoid over-accessorizing. Especially since I wore oversized looks on both top and bottom, I made sure to add tiny pieces of visual interest throughout the outfit. I especially like pairing this look with drop earrings, a simple gold watch, and patent clutch. This H&M top also features some gorgeous back detailing that makes this look simple yet eye-catching.

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How would you wear this look? 

Feel free to comment below and check out the links to buy the pieces in this outfit!

Zara Crepe Palazzo Pants / H&M Woven Camisole Top / Zara Leather Heeled Sandal / Zara Embossed Clutch / DesignsByJenniLyn Ruby Drop Earrings / Movado Slim Gold Watch

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4 Comments

  • Reply MIRJAM June 15, 2015 at 12:51 pm

    I’m also totally thrilled that wide legs have a comeback!! love to wear them kind of more casual maybe with sneakers or birks t(and Forget my short legs for a sec) – but love your look anyway! actually, I totally agree with your tips.
    bisou, mirjam

    http://www.jeneregretterien.ch

    • Amanda Rico
      Reply Amanda Rico June 15, 2015 at 3:54 pm

      Hi Mirjam! Thanks for your comment! Lol I’m only 5’3 so I definitely need the height with wide legs or I feel ridiculous! Oh, wearing them with sneakers and Birks is a really cool idea. I always love how euro-styles mix casual and dressy pieces. Still working on that look since not too many people try that here in the states! Loving the looks you rock on your blog btw! Bizzzzz 🙂

  • Reply Andrea June 13, 2015 at 5:07 pm

    You look amazing! Love this style, not sure how great they would look on me because I have short legs but what a great piece to start wearing! Xo
    Andrea
    http://www.phdfashionista.com

    • Amanda Rico
      Reply Amanda Rico June 13, 2015 at 8:41 pm

      Thanks, girl! Just put on some fun heels and you’re good to go! 🙂 It’s a fun summer look; I KNOW you would rock this look! <3

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