Culottes dominated the Spring 2015 runways, whether incorporated into head-to-toe 70's looks, given a more 60's vibe, or worn as if entirely modern. This spring and summer, celebrities are rocking the trend as a fashion-forward breezy alternative to body-hugging cuts. This silhouette may seem tricky to pull off, but once you learn, you won't go back to the restriction of skinny jeans, especially in hot weather. Follow my tips and picks below.
Pair the wide leg with a fitted top to balance it out and tone down the volume.
Many feel apprehensive to try this trend because they think the wide leg won't be flattering, but it's actually a great cut on anyone; just don't pair the pants with an equally boxy top if you're worried about looking larger than you are. A fitted tank or cropped top will flatter your frame and give the ensemble some sex appeal.
Swap a midi skirt for culottes in a silk or silky fabric as formalwear.
Culottes come in all fabrics, so pick a silk, sateen, or lacy pair to dress up without wearing your go-to dress. Pair the pants with heels and a blouse, or dress them down with a slouchy sweater or tee.
Wear head-to-toe white for a fresh look for summer.
White on white is classic summer, but choosing culottes over tight pants or jeans is a polished elevation of the look, that's on trend without seeming like you tried to hard.
Pair culottes with high heels to elongate your legs under the wide pants.
If you're wondering how to wear culottes without them swallowing you whole, the easiest way to prevent this is wearing heels. They extend the line of your legs and look lean and elegant under the volume of fabric.
Wear printed culottes with clean, modern pieces, to avoid a look that's too bohemian.
To keep the outfit modern, a crisp, tailored top is much better than a flowy blouse. The metallic sandals also keep it contemporary.
Try denim or chambray culottes to elevate a casual look for daytime.
Denim culottes are a great daytime alternative to your worn-in skinny or boyfriend jeans. Dress them up with a shell tank or make them more casual with a tucked-in tee.
Pair culottes with a white button-up blouse and heels for an office-ready outfit.
Culottes can be great workwear, and will feel breezier and more comfortable in hot weather than your typical straight-leg trousers. Pair them with workwear staples like a crisp, white blouse and simple heels for a trend-infused office look.