From street style stars to A-listers like Jennifer Lawrence and Victoria Beckham, everyone seems to have jumped aboard the culottes train, making them the “It” silhouette this year. Still, figuring out how to wear culottes—essentially voluminous short pants—isn’t always the easiest thing.
That said, they actually are quite easy to style. Whether you’re tall or petite, lanky or curvy, there’s a culotte out there with your name on it just waiting to be made into a fashion statement. Read on for our tips for culotte beginners on how to make this trend work for you. And don’t be surprised if you start to amass a pile of them in your closet in no time at all—culottes are totally addicting.
Think of them like an A-line skirt and go from there
Thinking about culottes as about an A-line skirt will make the styling process a whole lot easier. A high-waist pair and a crop top will look spectacularly together.
You can also tuck a delicate blouse in the culottes for a more polished outcome that will be perfect for the office. Start with culotte colors that are easier to pair with other items – black, white and beige will be excellent picks for beginners.
The best length is mid-calf
What’s the best culotte length? Go with mid-calf pants and you’ll love the outcome. Petite ladies will look great with a pair that falls just below the knee. Experiment with several pairs to find the exact length enabling you to put emphasis on those beautiful legs.
Wearing culottes well is all about your shoes
The right shoes can make nearly every outfit look sophisticated. Culottes enable you to show off those expensive heels – use the opportunity.
All pumps having a delicate heel will balance the volume of the culottes. Platforms are another excellent pick that will elongate your silhouette and make you feel like a fashion star.
Don’t be afraid to play with proportions
Culottes come in all styles and sizes. Their length and their width vary, which is why you need to experiment with the possibilities before choosing the best option.
Have fun with your body proportions. Try a high-waisted pair, especially if you want to make your legs look longer. Another way to wear them is with a tucked in blouse, which is a great look for the office.
Yes, you can most definitely wear them well all year-round
Who says that culottes can be worn only during a particular season? The way in which you style your pair will give you a stellar look even during the winter.
Culottes will look wonderful when paired with a blazer for those slightly chilly days. Don’t forget accessories like a scarf and a pair of gloves. Culottes can look beautiful when paired with boots to keep you warm and enhance your personal style.
Remember to have fun when styling any piece of clothing. Sticking to just traditional items will limit you tremendously.