polka dots! palazzo pants! oh my!

Palazzo pants are the best pants. I mean, period. For anyone interested in a little fashion history lesson, palazzo pants first became a trend in the late '60s. During this time, a few bougie restaurants refused to admit women wearing pants because some owners felt that pants-wearing women were inappropriate (LOL, right?). These women outwitted such individuals by wearing culottes and palazzo pants, the latter of which feature an extremely wide leg that flares out from the waist to the ankle, making it difficult to discern whether they are pants or a long skirt. Sneaky, huh?

So not only are palazzo pants stylish and comfy, they're also feminist! Palazzo pants are basically the Rosie the Riveter of women's apparel.

Despite my affinity for palazzo pants, I'd be lying if I said they're easy to wear and easy to size. Neither is the case. As a 5'5" woman, if I wear palazzo pants off-the-rack without any tailoring, I have to wear heels to keep the fabric from dragging or clumping. Taller women won't struggle with this as much. No matter your height, you should aim for the wide legs to oh-so-gently graze the floor without, of course, tripping over the pants. It's a delicate dance, to be sure, but definitely worth the investment.

As for styling? My go-to choice lately has been the crop top. The clean lines and overall structure of a crop top flawlessly offsets the dramatic, fluid silhouette of palazzo pants. For this outfit, I paired these straight-from-heaven polka dot print palazzo pants (they have pockets!) with a nude, faux leather crop top. What's more, the nudes from the top and the polka dots match perfectly -- you'd swear the whole ensemble came from the same store and the same collection (it didn't)!

I wore plain black heels, oversized sunglasses, and my trusty Michael Kors Weston Satchel (previously seen here) to complete the look.

Pants: Zara (similar in brown)

Top: Express (similar)

Shoes: Shoe Cult by NastyGal

Purse: Michael Kors

Sunglasses: Charlotte Russe (similar)