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The Basics Of Palazzo Pants

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Wide-leg pants have seen a massive resurgence in recent years, and we're here for it. This style of women's pants is popular for a reason. With a dramatic silhouette, comfortable feel and lots of room to move freely, what's not to love? And the queen of wide-leg pants is palazzo pants.

If you're a little unsure what palazzo pants are, how they differ from regular wide-leg pants or how to style them, don't worry. Keep on reading to learn all about palazzo pants, and how you can sew your very own pair.

What Are Palazzo Pants?

Palazzo pants are a type of wide-legged trousers that are loose and flowing, usually made from lightweight and breathable fabrics such as cotton, silk, or rayon. They are characterised by their wide and flared leg, which starts from the fitted waist and falls down to the ankle, flaring outwards. Palazzo pants are designed to be comfortable and airy, allowing for ease of movement and providing a breezy, relaxed look. Their lightweight and comfortable nature makes them great options for vacation or an everyday look.

Palazzo pants originated in the 1960s and 1970s as a popular fashion trend, and they have made a comeback in recent years as stylish and versatile pieces of clothing. Palazzo pants come in a variety of colours, prints, and styles, from solid colours to bold prints, high-waisted to low-rise, and everything in between.

Palazzo pants can be dressed up or down, depending on the occasion and fabric of the pants. They can be paired with a variety of tops, such as crop tops, blouses, or t-shirts, and are a popular choice for warm weather or beach vacations, but can also be worn year-round with the right accessories and layers.

How To Style Palazzo Pants

Palazzo pants are extremely versatile and can be styled in a whole range of different ways to suit any occasion. Whether you're lounging poolside, exploring a coastal town or going straight from work to dinner, palazzo pants will be your best friend. Here are our best styling tips to help you look and feel like your best self in your new pants:

Choose the Right Top

When pairing palazzo pants, it's important to choose the right top to create a balanced look. A fitted or cropped top works well to balance out the wide-leg silhouette of the pants. The balance between a form-fitting top and loose pants gives you an elegant look that can be taken to the office or to dinner. For a more relaxed look, you can opt for a loose, flowing top.


Palazzo pants can be dressed up or down with the right accessories. Add a statement necklace or earrings to elevate the outfit, or keep it simple with a pair of sandals or flats for a more casual look.

Play With Patterns and Textures

You can sew your palazzo pants in whatever colour, print or texture you like, making it easy to mix and match. Try pairing a solid-coloured top with patterned pants or mixing and matching different prints for a bold and unique look.

Consider the Occasion

Palazzo pants can be styled depending on the occasion. Pair them with heels and a blouse for a formal event, or opt for a t-shirt and sneakers for a more casual, everyday look. You can even opt for a palazzo pant jumpsuit to shake things up.

Are Palazzo Pants Business Casual?

While palazzo pants are traditionally known for having relaxed, vacation vibes, they certainly can adapt to business casual settings. All you need are the right fabric and styling. Try sewing your palazzo pants in materials such as linen, crepe or rayon, and pair them with a blouse and tailored jacket for a more professional look. Avoid overly colourful prints or fabrics which are too sheer or light.

Do Palazzo Pants Look Good on All Sizes?

Yes! Palazzo pants are a great choice for people of all sizes. Their relaxed fit and versatility complement everyone's body type. The fitted waist can accentuate your waistline. And the flared pants give your legs some length without being form-fitting or uncomfortable. The silhouette doesn’t draw attention to your shape. Instead, the wide-leg silhouette creates a balanced and elongated look. Palazzo pants are designed to be comfy and elegant. No matter your size, you can always rock a pair of palazzo pants!

How To Sew Palazzo Pants

Sewing your own pants is a great project and palazzo pants are relatively easy to make. If you’re looking for a fun project that is bound to add an element of glam to your wardrobe, it is time to sew palazzo pants. Not to mention, the pride you will feel when you look at clothes that you made entirely from scratch! You simply need the right pattern and fabric, a few tools, and sewing instructions from Pattern Emporium! 

At Pattern Emporium, we have a few different palazzo pant sewing pattern styles, including our Palazzo PantsVacation Vibe Palazzo Pants and even our SeaChange Jumpsuit.

Always ensure you read the sewing pattern properly before starting. Our patterns will offer fabric suggestions, help you pick a style, and will guide you every step of the way. If you're stuck on a technique, you may find our how-to videos helpful.

Pattern Emporium's palazzo pant sewing patterns are easy to follow and beginner friendly. We also offer a wide variety of stylistic choices throughout the pattern, so you can make the finished product entirely your own. You'll feel extra special wearing these palazzo pants, knowing that no one owns a pair quite like them!

At Pattern Emporium, we love palazzo pants and the endless styling options they offer. Whether you're looking for a vacation-ready look or something more formal, palazzo pants are sure to be your go-to pair of bottoms all year round. So, why not give them a try? Shop our pant sewing patterns today, or get in touch if you need any assistance. You can also join our Facebook community to be surrounded by fellow sewing enthusiasts.