Once considered a staple of 1970’s fashion, there’s no shying away from popularity that culottes have gained over the past couple of years. A favourite among celebrities and fashion bloggers alike, this style of trouser is characterised by a wide, flowing leg that falls high above the ankle.
They’re pretty much the opposite of skinny jeans, which is perhaps why so many of us are a worry to bring the trend into our own wardrobes. Styled correctly, however, and they have the power to become just as good as any other pair of trousers that we own. The key is to balance out the flattered legs with something slim fitting and structured on top, creating a flattering silhouette that works for just about every body shape.
|1. River Island blush biker jacket, 2. Tu Navy Cullotes, 3. Cami NYC Aria Double strap top, 4. Handle Double Decker Leather cross-body by marc jacobs 5. Maison Martin Margiella Pigeon peep-toe ankle boot|
Choosing the right culottes
As culottes have grown in popularity, a greater number of shapes and styles have made it on to our high street. While ultra-wide legs in a light, flowing fabric remain a classic, it’s possible to find a pair of culottes to suit just about everyone.
Team bright colours with a form fitting white shirt on top for a fun play on workwear, or with your favourite band tee tucked in for a casual weekend look. High-waisted styles will work well for those wanting to skim across the body, while denim is a great choice if you’re keen to rock the trend while still making the most of your curves.
I love this pair of navy culottes from Tu. Featuring a flattering pleat at the front of the leg, they can easily be dressed up or down depending on the occasion. Smart enough to be worn for work, contrasting the style with a classic t-shirt and trainers combo would instantly make them ready for the weekend.
Occasion: At the office
The dark colour of these culottes makes them the ideal pairing to a simple white shirt. Team with low heels to really flatter and lengthen the legs – delicate, strappy styles will work best and make sure that the whole outfit is kept smart enough for the office. Keep accessories to a minimum in order to create a clean and simple silhouette.
Occasion: First Date
The loose, billowing style of culottes means that they can be turned fun and flirty in an instant. A strappy caged cami would work brilliantly for a first date, complete with subtle jewellery and a pair of grey boots. When it comes to the jacket, opt for short suede or leather biker jacket. A blush or camel colour coat colour would really complement this navy pair.
Occasion: Casual weekend
My favourite way to wear culottes is dressed down for everyday wear. A simple, boxy t-shirt would work well tucked into this high waisted pair – no belt needed. Team with classic white trainers and a simple woollen scarf to really nail the trend.