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Crushing on Culottes

Summer streetstyle look with culottes and off the shoulder blouse

Look of the day: Culottes and off shoulder top, so pretty for summer and comfy too

Big thanks to Romwe for sponsoring this post

Culottes of all shapes and sizes are the definite ‘it’ garment for this Spring and Summer. This old fashion trend has made a huge comeback this season and everyone from celebrities to fashion bloggers have been sporting them. Fabulously chic, culottes are considered to be somewhat of an unconventionally sexy trend as the midi skirt’s edgier sister.

But even with their growing popularity, I had yet to jump on the trend until now. Culottes were initially a style that I hesitated to try. I had seen them on other people, and loved the look, but found the wide legs and cropped look rather intimidating for my petite frame.  But after finally trying on my first pair, I realized they are actually quite flattering when worn on most body types.

Culottes highlight your waist and skim over your hips and thighs. The wide leg style can be a bit daunting for at first, but believe it or not, they actually create the illusion of slimmer legs. They are loose and flowy pants that typically hang below the knee, but can also be shorter like shorts or longer in a midi length, perfect for showing off those lovely ankles. When worn, culottes usually hang and look like a skirt – except their pants, which is kind of awesome.

Style blogger: Pleated wide leg pants and flowy off the shoulder peasant blouse

I took finally took a plunge and ordered this pleated pastel pair of culottes from Romwe, and online retailer for fast fashions. This is typically how I try a trend if I’m not sure I’ll love. And if I end up not liking it, I wouldn’t have spent a fortune on it.

Well it just so happens I do love them! And not only are they comfortable, I found culottes are a versatile style to wear for Spring and Summer. They work everywhere from the office to a cocktail party, and make you look undeniably cool while wearing them. Think of them as comfortable, breezy cropped trousers perfect for all the times you want to wear a skirt, but can’t be bothered with the trouble. Read on for some simple tips for styling culottes…


WIWT summer look: culottes and off the shoulder blouse Summer streetstyle - culottes from Romwe and top from ZaraToronto Fashion Blogger Style: plastel pleated culottes and off the shoulder blouse

Styling Tips to Wearing Culottes

Culottes are super comfy, breezy, and chic. They look better kept minimal and without lots of layers, making them perfect for Spring and Summer. They may seem very intimidating and tricky to wear, but in truth they really not all that complicated at all. Here a couple easy styling tips for wearing culottes.

1.  Choosing a the right top

When choosing a top to go with your culottes, I’d suggest something a little more fitted or cropped that shows off the figure of your upper body since your bottoms will be loose. I’ve styled my culottes with a flowy off-the-shoulder peasant blouse. Showing off the shoulders gives it a little structure while the elastic waist of my top cinches the shape in a little give my figure some shape. You can also create this look by tucking your top in to show off your waistline. Because the pant has a loose fit and a high waist, leaving your shirt undone can look messy. Tucking in your shirt to help define your waist and keep the look streamlined. Try to avoid tops with complicated shapes like empire waists and peplums.

2. Choosing the right shoes

Choosing the right footwear to wear with your culottes is key. If you’re afraid of looking short, try adding some height and polish with a pump or a heeled sandal. I’ve worn mine with a pair of leg lengthening nude pumps. I would also recommend shoes with a pointier toe to help elongate your legs.

You can also go low-key with a normcore-worthy slide, sneaker, loafer or classic flat. This look will be a more casual one, but the result is still chic and stylish. Some ankle boots will work as well as long as they don’t come up past your ankle. The lower the better, keeping more of your leg exposed will help elongate your leg.

OOTD style: summer street style look with pastel culottes and peasant blouse

Outfit Details:

Culottes: Grey Elastic Waist Pleated Pant c/o Romwe
Top: Off shoulder peasant blouse by Zara
Shoes: Pointy toe pumps with stacked heel by Guess (similar here)
Bag: Canvas doctor satchel bag by Prada (seen here)

Summer street style look: Pastel wide leg cropped pants from Romwe, OTS top from Zara

Have you tried the culottes trend this season?
Let me know in the comments below!

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  • Stacie @ Divine Lifestyle

    OMG, culottes! I haven’t seen them in forever. I’m so glad they’re making a comeback. You look AWESOME!

  • Vera Sweeney

    You look absolutely gorgeous! I haven’t worn culottes in forever, mostly because my love for them couldn’t stand up to the waning of fashion. Time to get my culotte on again!

  • You are stunning in culottes. Not only do you look gorgeous, but you look completely comfortable as well, which is so important, especially during the hot summer months.

  • I remember when these were so popular in the 80s-90s era. These are cute!

  • Candy Kage

    Oh the good old days of wearing culottes. So glad you used the correct term. Culottes are so comfortable and great looking.

  • Jennifer Van Huss

    Those are beautiful culottes. If you asked me if I’d wear them, I would have said no, but this post makes them look up to date and fashionable! I may just have to try it this summer

  • Mary Fitzgerald Edwards

    I have not seen the word Culottes in years! I used to wear them as part of a uniform for a job years ago. I LOVE how they look on you. LOVE LOVE!

  • Liz Cochico

    I’m glad cullotes are back. I loved wearing them because they are so comfortable. You look gorgeous.

  • Rose Ann Sales

    I’ve been adicting about cullotes! Your cullotes is really gorgeous! I love how you style it too.

  • I’m definitely loving this trend! Culottes are so comfy and light, the style is perfect for the summer weather! I think you’ve styled it perfectly and I appreciate the tips!

  • Jennifer G

    NAIL IT! How cute are these!? I really need Culottes like these, they look really cute and super comfortable. You are killin’ this outfit.

  • I have always wondered what culottes were and now I know. They look really comfortable!

  • Deepika Dewan

    Nicely written piece.

  • I remeber when culottes were all the rage. I wore them but I never loved the look on me. I might need to think twice before trying this trend again.

  • Liz

    Those culottes look perfect on you! I don’t know if I could pull that look – you are gorgeous! Love all of the colors that you have picked out for this outfit you are showcasing!

  • Kelly Hutchinson

    I guess I had a different idea of what a culottes were. I thought they were knee length? I feel that is so unflattering. These on the other hand look amazing on you!

  • Shannon Graham

    This outfit is so pretty. I like the top the most.

  • chubskulit

    That is one cute outfit especially the pleated pants. The top is cute too and oh the shoes, love it!

  • redheadmomblog

    Those culottes are super cute! You are rocking that outfit girlie!

  • Oyinkan Ogunleye

    Girrlll!!! Culottes are my fave!!!! I love wearing them more than regular pants!

  • These look super cute on you. I love the way you styled them. You definitely pull them off!