How To Wear: Culottes
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.
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.
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.
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.
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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