Culottes, gauchos, full-legged cropped pants—whatever you call them—the retro silhouette of many ‘a childhood wardrobe is having a serious fashion moment right now. These voluminous short pants may not be your favorite style of pants, but this spring try to get yourself at least one pair of them.
Wearing culottes can be tricky, given its swingy volume and unpredictable length. Whether you are petite or tall, plus-sized or stick-thin, here are some tips that can help you pull off a cute look in culottes.
The best way to style them is to wear them as you wear an A-line skirt, tucking in a blouse, for example, or choosing a high-waist pair and adding a crop top. First stick to basic colors like black, navy, and off-white, and after you get used to wearing these trendy pants, you will love to have them in all shades.
Culottes come in a variety of lengths, so you should make sure to choose the best length for your legs. That would be midcalf, which will give the appearance of wearing a fun swingy skirt. If you’re on the petite side, opt for a pair that falls right below the knee.
Because of its length, wearing gauchos with flats is a big NO, especially in the cases of petite ladies. You really can’t go wrong with a pair of pointy toe pumps with a slim heel, a thick-heeled platform or fun booties.
Culottes can be great fashion staple for a night time look, when instead of some basic colors you can opt for some block color or some interesting pattern.
The culotte style is also ideal for office wear. Pair your culottes with a plain top and a blazer and head to the office with a professional and stylish look.
I love the idea of pairing a pair of cream or black culottes with a silk tank for an unexpected after-five look that is sophisticated yet fashion-forward.
With such a marvellous variety of lengths and styles, the culotte style truly has something for everyone. So, don’t be afraid to wear your gauchos! With the right layering and styling, you might end up loving them more than you love your jeans and black trousers.
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