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Wide Leg Trousers and Palazzo Pants

The top buys for wide leg and palazzo pants

Now many of us will be singing hallelujah as fashion swings back to wide leg pants. Skinny jeans are increasingly seen only on young men with abnormally thin legs and an even more abnormal ability to shove their shins into a tube of denim which would barley fit a rhubarb stick. To our minds it is not a good look or a good option for their nether regions – but that is for them to suffer.

In the Sassista office we are just delighted that pants can now cover your lumps and bumps, can flow rather than cut off the arterial blood supply.

Victoria Beckham has set the trend with swishing pants made more interesting with front slits to show just a hint of leg. However, few of us can achieve the coltish glamour of Ms Beckham, so we need to wear our palazzos with care and class.

A few hints:

  • Palazzo pants are really a style for the tall and slim. If you are not – then take care. Sassistas who are less than tall and less than slender need to proceed with great care or body swerve. Wide pants on the already wide just widen.

  • If you are able to wear them but want to cover a few bulges, opt for dark colours. The Beckham butt can wear the bright mustard she appeared in lately, but it is not for the big-of hips.

  • Opt for good fabric. Palazzo pants are meant to fall and flow. Clingy material which creases and shows every contour are not going to create a great look. Better to invest in silk crepe than synthetic.

  • Keep it classy. Yes, there are pants out there which take the split to the extreme and give a hint of knicker as well as shin. If you have racehorse legs and a good wax you might risk it – but be it on your own head if someone shouts ‘mutton’.

  • If you are thickening around the waist, wear pallazzos with a top that hits the hips to elongate your look. Co-ordinate your colours to create one long look and not a ‘game of two halves’.

  • Only opt for the ankle length style if you have long legs and a good ankle. Fabric flapping around your cankles is not sassy!

  • Subtle stripes will lengthen your look – but team with a plain top to avoid looking like a stick of Brighton rock.

We have trawled the shops and on-line stores to come up with a selection of the best.

Lovedrobe striped palazzo trousers £50 Fiftyplus.com


Magisculpt crepe wide leg front split trouser £35 from Fiftyplus.com


Bardot wide leg trousers from Next £64

Finery Belgrade wide leg squiggle print trousers £65 available at John Lewis

Hobbs Frances Trousers, camel, £119 Exclusive to John Lewis


M&S Collection Belted Paper Bag Wide Leg Trousers £35

M&S Collection Button Fronted Textured Wide Leg Trousers £25

MSK Petite Wide Leg Chiffon Pants from Macys £42.67

Joanna Hope Overlay Palazzo Trousers £45 from Simply Be

Prices correct at time of publishing.

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