TRENDS for women pants are like women themselves — confident on their own two feet, constantly in flights of fancy, and ever changing — often accompanied by, yes, a lot of drama.
Looking back from the time of the flouncy pantaloons and road-sweeping bell-bottoms to pedal pushers and cute capris, trousers have always been one of women’s favourites.
From the catwalks of Spring/Summer 2011 until today, the wide-legged palazzo, which came in from the late 1960s to the early 1970s have made big strides back onto the fashion scene.
And flouncy flowy trousers is currently the hottest trend. At the same time, the focus of fashionistas is skin-hugging jeans, famously known as the skinny.
These two seemingly opposing fashion styles — one baggy, loose and easy, the other throat-choking and skin tight, are both worthy of attention.
So which should you wear?
The word palazzo is derived loosely from the Italian term for “palace”. It is non form-fitting, with an expression of simplicity and relaxation in its breeziness and baggy-look.
Palazzos are flared from the waist all the way down to the bottom. The silhouette mimics the sway of pleated skirts, cinches at the waist and gives the illusion of long legs.
Footwear for palazzo is heels or flats — whichever is fine so long as the movement of the fabric is uninterrupted.
Many fashion gurus would advise that women generously endowed with big hips avoid the palazzo since the pants cling and grab on curves.
But if you love the silhouette, match your flared pants with smart or casual blazer for a fitted and firm look.
PALAZZO IN PRINT
Not just confined to plain colours, palazzos now come in animal prints, abstract geometrical prints, nautical stripes, multi-coloured and even floral. Leopard and snakeskin prints are all the rage at the moment, from head wear and tops to pants and footwear.
When you want to put things together, ensure a mix of plain, single-colour tank top or a crisp white boyfriend shirt, to go with a printed palazzo.
THE SKINNY ON JEANS
Skinny jeans still dominate the fashion skyline. Some may say that when one fashion trend comes in, it is the death of the other.
In reality this is not so, especially for many fashionistas. We adopt, we adapt and we adjust accordingly. Skinny jeans are a girl’s best friend. They go with anything and loose bat-winged sleeved blouses are the best combination with skinnies.
Levi’s has made an innovation to its skinny jeans design. With its newest skinny jeans, it has added more room in the seat and thigh areas. What a breather!
One tip, though. Skinny jeans is best worn a size or two bigger than our normal size since it makes slipping in and out of it more manageable.
A short-sleeved tight tee doesn’t go with skinny jeans at all. Try tunic or something that covers the thighs. Another no-go is for guys to wear skinnies.
It is a question of fashion ease and being stylish. We are out and about constantly, so what we wear should reflect how we want to present ourselves to the public.
Cleavage, bulge movement and too much skin are not fashion statements, but a sign of sadness.
Be happy with your looks, put on a big smile and you will look nice and modest. I sincerely feel that we should not be careless about what we wear because what we wear reflects who we are.
Jezmine Zaidan is a fashion entrepreneur who loves all things kitschy, vintage and quirky. She can be contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org