How to Wear Culottes Like a Fashion Pro

Culottes, the so-called voluminous short pants, may be trendy, but a bit challenging to style. Whether you’re tall or petite, slim or curvy, there’s a pair of culottes out there that will be perfect for you. If you’re still figuring out how to wear culottes, keep on reading to scoop some tricks from our favorite street style stars.

  1. Go monochromatic with your outfit.

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If it’s your first time to wear culottes and feel conscious if the trend will work for you, simply go for a monochromatic look just like you’re wearing a jumpsuit. This way, you’ll be more comfortable in wearing them knowing you have the elegant look in a monochromatic shade. Like Mira Duma, you may think of a burgundy or camel shade that looks timeless and elegant. Just bring some interest to your plain looks with a statement necklace or a pair of statement shoes. Boxy and structured styles of culottes are great for rocking the architectural trend, though you may go for flowy and draped look for a more feminine vibe like Nicole Warne did.

  1. Think of them like an A-line skirt and go from there.

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If you’ve got some culottes anxiety, simply think of them as A-line skirt that will look great with a blouse, tank top, sweater, and even turtleneck tops. When styling them, be creative tweaking the look by tucking in a blouse, or going for a high-waist pair to complement a crop top. Like fashion blogger Mary Orton, you may trade your a-line midi skirts with a pair of chic culottes that you can actually wear to the office by pairing it with a chic lace blouse.

  1. Play with proportions.

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While the width and length of culottes can vary by quite a lot, these usually boxy and stiff. So your top should fall above your hip so your mid-section doesn’t end up looking wider than it is. If possible, you can wear a belt on your top while wearing culottes like Mary Orton did, making her outfit look flattering for her figure at the same time office-appropriate. If you’re a fan of architectural trend, then go for boxy culottes made from stiff fabrics that can complement your crop tops, architectural tops, and even boxy jackets.

  1. Wearing culottes can be a means to show off your footwear.

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Usually falls on mid-calf, culottes can be great to show off your stylish footwear while giving you the appearance of wearing a feminine skirt. Sleek ladylike options like a pair of classic pumps work best, as well as a pair of wedges in a nude shade that will instantly elongate your shape. For an edgy look, go for daring styles of boots like cut-out tall boots, patent boots, or even suede boots, but skip those ankle booties that will only cut your frame in an unsightly way.

  1. Wear your culottes with a coat or robe.

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Longer culottes can be great to wear with coats and robes like you can see from our favorite street style stars. Like Olivia Palermo, wear a structured coat left unbuttoned with a pair of culottes and printed sandals to add some flair to your street looks. Or, look trendy by going for an oversized coat in a bright shade while letting your culottes peek on the hemline of your coat. This way, you’ll look more fashion-forward, trendy, and pro in wearing culottes on your street looks.

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