Culottes (noun): women’s knee-length trousers, cut with full legs to resemble a skirt. Oh but they’re so much more than that! A culotte has the ability to transform an outfit into a look that screams sophistication. I imagine roaming the streets of Paris in a pair of Culottes pretending to be a Parisian.
BUT… they can be tricky to style. So here are some ideas, with one worn by me, to get you going.
Pump It Up
If you’re worried about the fact that culottes can make you look shorter due to the inherent nature of the cut, don’t worry… a great heeled, pointed pump could be the answer.
Crop, Drop and Roll
Pairing a culotte with a crop top of any description helps in breaking the look up and showing off a peep of skin. This helps in again making you look a little taller if, like me, you’re on the shorter end of the scale.
Create a chic mood but wearing the same colour from top to toe. Matching colours instantly ups the ant in terms of sophistication and the advantage is you can wear both those items separately and create completely different looks.
Stylist Sarah Ann Mitchell is convinced that a pair of Stan Smiths from Adidas are the perfect sneakers to convert a culotte into a fresh new casual feeling. Add a sneaker with a heel or higher platform for some height if you’re once again needing some help in the vertically challenge department (like me!)
Tailored To The Tee
A more structured elements such as a crisp white tailored shirt (or any variant of shirt for that matter) can smarten up a culotte and help you be more corporate chic. If that’s where you’d like to head.