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How To Wear: Culottes

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If you’re all about mixing comfort with style, a smart pair of culottes should be your newest wardrobe addition. Ending mid-calf and conventionally wide-cut and voluminous, these pants witnessed a dramatic sartorial revival in 2011 when designers like Phillip Lim, Marc Jacobs and Richard Chai showcased them in their Spring collections. Since then, they’ve rapidly gained currency in every cool girl’s wardrobe culminating into must-have status in 2015.

However, we know lots of real girls who like the trend but are too afraid to try it for fear of looking funny, or worse still, frumpy. They’re actually pretty easy to wear once you understand how to style them. Just think of them as the pant-equivalent of a midi skirt and you’re golden. Read on for some helpful recommendations.

1. Stick to a similar colour scheme

If you’re opting for pastel-hued culottes, we suggest teaming it up with a light-coloured top. May be add a hint of gold to the look with a earring, a cuff or a statement neckpiece. Carry a trendy bucket bag in a complementary colour and you’re good to go.

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Forever New Pleat Front Culottes

Forever New Pleat Front Culottes (Rs 2,380)
Untold Crop Top (Rs 6,500)
Zara Earrings (Rs 990)
Zara Leather Bucket Bag (Rs 2,990)


2. Experiment with proportion

Adding layers to your culottes is a surefire way to jazz up your look. Take a cue from Deepika Padukone; we love how she wore a pair of sky blue woven culottes by Kanika Goyal and teamed it with a Pankaj & Nidhi crop top and Zara blazer. Quite a chic combo.

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ASOS Premium Structured Culotte

ASOS Premium Structured Culotte (Rs 3,800)
Mango Textured Top (Rs 2,290)
New Look Sleeveless Duster Coat (Rs 1,500)
Charles & Keith Strappy Flats (Rs 3100)


3. Work it like a dress

Style your culottes with a top in a similar print or colour and it will almost look like a cinched midi dress. No doubt it’ll be a look that will draw attention, so balance the volume by giving the look some height in the form of wedges or chunky flatforms.

Episode Black Culottes

Episode Black Culottes

Episode Black Culottes (Rs 3,000)
Boohoo Woven Cami (Rs 300)
Zara Leather Bag (Rs 4,990)
Zara Clogs (Rs 4,990)
Shoplune Choker (Rs 1,500)


4. Treat them like a midi skirt

This is perhaps the easiest way to figure out how to wear your culottes – just style them like you would a midi skirt. Tuck in a tank top or graphic tee, or maybe team it with a long-sleeve shirt. Don’t forget to accessorise with a pair of comfortable slides or white sneakers.

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Mango Culottes

Mango Culottes (Rs 3,490)
Zara Shirt (Rs 2,890)
Mango Bag (Rs.2,290)
Zara Plimsolls (Rs 2,990)


5. Show ’em who’s boss

Yes, you can wear culottes to office. Model of the moment Gigi Hadid donned single-tone culottes with a tucked-in formal shirt and completed the look with nude court shoes. Use this look as inspiration and put your best foot forward in the workplace.

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Dagmar Culottes

Dagmar Culottes (Rs 18,200)
Choies Geometric Shirt (Rs 1,580)
Charles & Keith Tote (Rs 5,900)
Boohoo Court Shoes (Rs 2,490)


Love the trend? Shop our picks below:


Zara Denim CUlottes_Hauterfly

Zara Denim Culottes (Rs 2,990)

Priyal Prakash Black Culottes_Hauterfly

Priyal Prakash Black Culottes (Rs 4,174)

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River Island Culottes (Rs 1,580)

Batik Denim Culottes_Hauterfly

Batik Denim Culottes By Bodice (Rs 11,824)



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