If you’ve stepped into a women’s clothing store lately, you’ve almost certainly seen palazzo pants. Whether or not you knew what they were called is a different story. Palazzo pants are loose, wide-legged pants. These pants are very similar to other wide-legged pant styles—like culottes, gauchos, and bell-bottoms—but they have their own unique characteristics that distinguish them from similar wide-legged styles. Palazzo pants are extremely wide, and many palazzo styles are easy to mistake for a skirt when you’re standing still because of their loose fit and lightweight, flowy material. These loose-fitting pants come in many different lengths. Some palazzo pants extend down to your ankles like a maxi skirt, while others are cropped at your mid-calf or knee.