For the love of the High Waisted Palazzo Pant

high waisted palazzo pants

high waisted palazzo pants

I bought my first pair of high waisted palazzo pants and they are so effortlessly chic and super modest. I have pants that are mid to almost high waist but this is the first pair of pants that I own that are truly high waisted and actually sit on your natural waist. I wore it with a simple cotton top which was too long. I shortened the top to more properly show the full shape of the high waist and the loose flow. The easiest way to shorten a top is by tying a knot on the side and that’s exactly what I did. It did make me reminiscent of the 80’s when girls wore loose tie dyed tops and tied a knot or used a small clip to make the knot. I believe when I wore it for this shoot, it didn’t look quite like the 80’s, or did it? ha.

lake

crossed legs lake

By tying the knot on the side, it created a ruched effect which is great at minimizing the waist and hiding a belly (my stomach has more so become my problem area after pregnancies and it’s OK with me). I also love the slight bell shape of the sleeves. This totally enhances and goes with the look of the pants and adds a great voluminous overall shape. I realize the shirt could have still been a couple of inches shorter but this was the length I was comfortable at wearing it.

 

I match the tree bark

I match the tree bark

Outfit of the day (OOTD) details:

High waisted palazzo pant: Rachel Zoe. Rachel Zoe is a celebrity stylist for the stars and I love her style. It’s super effortless, modest and classy. (I wasn’t such a huge fan when she was going through her whole boho stage) I am kind of in love with her. I met her at a book signing when I was in California last month. After I met her I knew I wanted to do a post on these pants as soon as possible. I was just waiting for the weather to get a little warmer even though I bought the pants about 2 months prior. These pants are 100% silk and that makes the fall of the pants perfection. Added benefit: these pants hardly wrinkle. At the end of the post, I am attaching the pic I have with Rachel Zoe in case you missed it when I uploaded it to my instagram account @sanahrashid.

Simple cotton top: Gap.

Studded platform pumps: Brian Atwood. Well, of course you must pair Rachel Zoe with Brian Atwood. Is this being obnoxious? Perhaps, but I would like to think I styled these pants well.

Fringe bib necklace: Kenneth Jay Lane purchased on sale at ruelala.com

Georgette headscarf in beige

 

palazzo pants

palazzo pants

this pic is awkward but i still like it

this pic is awkward but i still like it

*** All of these pics were taken and edited by the super talented Sameet and you can follow him @autoxposure. 

bench. do you spot my baby loves running in the background? they accompanied me on this shoot :)

bench. do you spot my baby loves running in the background? they accompanied me on this shoot :)

 

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with Rachel Zoe

with Rachel Zoe

I am not embarrassed to admit I had a total fan girl moment when I met Rachel Zoe. I get so much fashion inspiration from her. Here I am with Rachel Zoe and some of my awesome gal pals: Nura and Ibtihaj from our trip to California last month.

For the love of the Chunky Watch

gold watch

gold watch

The chunky watch, boyfriend watch, oversized watch- whatever you may call it, it is a major trend right now. Chunky watches are the perfect functional accessory to every outfit from rugged to classy. A chunky watch is a watch that is about 40mm in diameter. Chunky watches come adorned with crystals, diamonds, mother of pearl, bling, various straps etc. all with one common feature: a large dial. Rachel Zoe, fashion icon and fashion stylist was asked if she could only wear one piece of jewelry for the rest of her life (besides for her engagement ring), what would it be. And she replied: “Honestly, a watch, a really chunky watch.”  And I would have to agree.

rose gold watch

rose gold watch

I recently purchased a rose gold tone chunky watch from smartbargains.com. I scored an amazing deal. It was on sale for $200 and then smart bargains gave a no brainer code (it’s when they drastically reduce the price but you must buy that specific item within one hour) and it brought it down to $100 with free shipping and it shipped tax free as well! I love smart bargains because it’s a website for designer brands for less and I have purchased some amazing items from them in the past. I love the rose gold because the color is great for the spring, summer and into the fall as well. The watch I bought has rose gold strap,dial and face which I like. Some watches have contrasting face or dial or strap but the type I prefer is when the entire watch is in the same color scheme. I feel like this ideally complements an outfit. Attached below is my rose gold watch perfectly coordinated with one of my bags that have rose gold hardware.

rose gold watch and bag

rose gold watch and bag

High end designer brands sometimes don’t carry the chunky watch but each high end designer company do have unisex watches at about 40mm and that would fall in to the same category as a chunky watch. Rolex and Breitling have womens’ watches usually up to 25-30mm which is too small. This is usually because high end is an investment timepiece and oftentimes high end doesn’t follow current trends as much. But if you buy a high end unisex watch you get the best of both worlds.

this is my friends Michael kors watch

this is my friends Michael kors watch

Michael Kors is one of the current go to brands for the chunky watch and it also has some watches with the diameter going all the way up to 45mm. Their styles are very diverse including dressy and trendy. While coming home from work last week, the cabs’ tv informed me that Michael Kors has a watch hunger stop campaign. With the purchase of their specific watch, they will donate to WFP- National World Food Programme and that is enough for 100 meals! 1 watch= 1oo meals. That’s phenomenal, and I love when designers give back and make products where proceeds go to a great cause. The watch is $295 and comes in 4 different styles/sizes. The mid size is 38mm and the oversized is 45mm and it comes in both silver and gold. Yes that is a chunky watch and that’s a win-win situation! I have included the link to purchase the watch here.

The Movado bold has a great face because it’s clean cut with a sharp edge and still classic. This one goes up to 43.5 mm on the large. Most of the chunky watches have a large round dial but some also come in rectangle. Michele is hands down the staple for the rectangle head. I love my Michele watch because it has a gold face, and dial with a gold interchangeable strap. The Michele watch is slightly smaller than the 40mm because it comes at about 35mm but the rectangular shape and elegance of the watch allows me to wear it everyday and even to weddings, which I have done in the past.

Michele watch

Michele watch

When I style my chunky watch into my outfit, I usually wear the watch solo, with no other arm candy on the left hand. On my right hand I load up on the arm candy. Most chunky watches need no extra accessories and I feel like extra accessories collide and take away from the watch itself. Wearing the watch on the left hand is a functional fashion statement all on its own and needs no added detail.

Like the 2 outfits up above? For full outfit details click on the full posts. For the full post from the first pic, click here. For the full post from the last pic, click here.

 

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