It would seem as if the 1970s are making a comeback this Autumn, with ponchos, big felt hats and paisley pussy-bow blouses infiltrating mainstream fashion. While the 1970s isn’t exactly my favourite fashion era – let’s face it, safari suits can remain a thing of the past – I am a fan of palazzo pants. Palazzo pants are a loose flowing trouser, usually high waisted and made from fabrics such as silk crepe and jersey. They became popular in the last 1960s – early 1970s and was reminiscent of the wide-legged cuffed trousers worn in the 1930s and 1940s by actresses such as Katharine Hepburn, Greta Garbo and Marlene Dietrich. Different from flares, which were also huge in the 1970s, palazzo pants fell from the waist straight down, while flares tended to be fitted to the knee.
My first introduction to palazzo pants was through a pair my Mother had in the 1970s. Made from a heavy satin material in a blush pink colour, growing up I thought they were so glamorous and now that I’m tall enough to wear them – I still think they’re super glamorous! So I was delighted to discover some palazzo pants at Kmart for a steal, and when teamed with a light weight knit I nabbed from Trade Secret and a felt hat from my local op shop, I had a great 1970s inspired casual day look. With so many vintage inspired styles being reproduced in mainstream fashion it is incredibly easy to throw together a vintage look on a budget.
All photos by Will Taylor.