Flowing and flattering, wear this season’s new trouser shape in neutral or patterned styles, says Penny Fray
Denim flares may be the key trend for summer, but competing for attention on the retro circuit is the palazzo pant. Favoured by the fashion set, they’re flattering and feminine, hanging straight from the hip, skimming the thighs and lengthening the leg. Plus, they’ll keep you cool yet modest during Ramadan.
Of course, there are a few rules to follow to maximise your fab factor – the key one being that the hemline should almost touch the floor. If you’re on the short side, wear with platforms and make sure the high-rise fit and flare silhouette accentuates the waist and lengthens the body. Taller women can get away with a pair of simple yet stylish trainers though.
For an office-ready look, wear your palazzos with a form-fitting top, fluid vest or shirt, leaving head-to-toe prints for off duty days.
Those in the know turn to cult label Marni’s avant-garde accessories to update everyday looks. But if you have a limited budget, consider this Mango necklace, crafted with contrasting colourways of thread. From RO12
Tibi’s signature silk crèpe de Chine camisole is a summer essential. This versatile style is cut for a fluid fit, complete with delicate racer-back straps. Wear it layered under a jacket for the office, or work it solo on vacation. From RO88.5
Zara’s ethnic print pants move beautifully with every step. Showcase the belted waist with a tucked-in camisole, like this one from Tibi (pictured). From RO18
The sleeveless jacket is the ideal way to look cool and professional at work this summer. There are plenty of options around Muscat’s malls, but this low-cost one from George is artfully draped for a flattering “grown-up” vibe. From RO9
Consider this H&M number the must-have bag of the season. Trimmed with an on-trend 70s fringe, it has a detachable crossbody strap that allows for a seamless transition from day to night. We seriously love the price tag. From RO12
These Steve Madden sandals have wide straps for a secure fit and a sturdy block heel for added height. Yup, we’re still rocking retro. From RO48
Penny’s tips to wearing the palazzo pant:
1. Balance is important, so pair the wider leg trouser with a form-fitting top.
2. Play with patterns. Psychedelic, ethnic and Moroccan prints are bang on trend this season.
3. For a cool, casual look make denim your palazzo’s perfect partner.