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