Trends may come and go, but some things are eternally stylish; like the Palazzo Pant.
Cooler than a skirt, bolder than a dress, and way more interesting than an ordinary pant, the wide-legged, high-waisted Palazzo silhouette provides all the ease and comfort of a trouser, but with an air of effortless sophistication.
We have Coco Chanel to thank for the introduction of the Palazzo Pant. As with her jackets and jersey fabric separates, it was an idea borrowed from the boys.
Always two steps ahead of her time, Chanel spotted these elegant men’s trousers on a trip to Venice and cleverly adapted the design for women in one of her collections in 1922. She tested them getting in and out of gondolas.
Just as Amal Clooney did for her civil wedding ceremony in Venice in 2014 when she donned a bespoke cream Palazzo pantsuit by Stella McCartney.
With her designer eye, Chanel recognised that the fluid fabric and long lines were exceedingly flattering to the female form. She paired the pant with a Breton top or a simple blouse, and, of course, her signature strands of pearls. Mademoiselle Chanel sported the look on the Riviera shortly after The Great War.
From her boutique in the seaside French resort of Deauville, which opened in 1913 on rue Gontaut-Biron, Gabrielle Chanel ‘s smart fashions, her short hair, and her shocking suntan, enchanted the Belle Époque socialities.
A major fashion revolution ensued.
The Palazzo Pant—called Beach Pyjamas—ushered in a glamorous era of la dolce vita and Resort Wear was born.
The notion of women wearing pants was new and not without opponents and confusion, but leave it to Vogue to sort it all out:
The convention, ruling for a time, that the pyjama’s place is in the home is now dead and buried. A woman may and does wear pajamas to quite formal dinners in her own house, to other people’s dinners in town or country if you know them well, and the younger and more iconoclastic members of the female sex even wear them to the theatre.
~ Pyjamas – When Are They Worn?, Vogue, 1931
But it was the 1960’s and ’70’s when the Palazzo Pant really hit its fashion stride.
Over the intervening decades, they keep making a comeback because they look so eternally chic and modern.
Palazzo pants aren’t just for the beach. They looked elegant on Jordon’s Queen Rania (47), who wore a pair of billowy crepe Tie Twist Pants by Adeam during a 2018 visit to the White House with her husband, King Abdullah. The sophisticated royal look was pure perfection.
Palazzo Pants are stylish, practical, comfortable, and ideal for any occasion. And also fun to wear because they swish and sway as you walk along the white sandy beach or the grey concrete sidewalk.
Coco Chanel was on to something.