5 FLATTERING WAY TO WEAR CULOTTES
Culottes are one of the biggest trends this season but they can be tricky to style. Luckily Spring/Summer 2016’s styles, as demonstrated by Peter Pilotto, Sacai and Erika Cavallini, are a thing of wonder that can actually be extremely flattering. Still, something about voluminous short trousers doesn’t exactly scream wearable and flattering to a lot of women.
The short-trouser hybrids have a great feminist backstory too, having become popular in Victorian England for allowing daring ladies to secretly wear shorts while it looked like they were wearing skirts. The humble culottes, or ‘divided skirts’, were trousers in disguise that let these women ride horses and play tennis without flashing their knickers.
If you are still not sold, think about treating culottes as you would a swingy midi skirt, pairing them with everything from a fitted top and heels to an oversized shirt and trainers. Keep reading for ways to style up a pair as part of a brilliantly flattering outfit.
Match culottes to your top
Co-ordinating them to match your top gives a smart, tailored look.
Wear culottes with a shirt
Whether you’re going for a daytime or evening look, tucking a shirt into culottes can be transformative as it balances out your silhouette. A short-sleeved, fitted shirt is ideal for formal occasions while a baggy shirt gives a more relaxed look.
Pair culottes with trainers
You don’t have to wear heels to make them cool. Try a pair of bright white sneakers for a casual look that works for day or night.
Keep it simple
It might sound like obvious advice, but sticking to neutral tones and low key accessories when wearing a bold item like culottes is one of the easiest ways to wear them with style. Go for a colour palette of black, navy, cream and brown to let the shape of the trousers shine.
Distract from culottes with bright accessories
If you’re still not convinced by them but want to give the trend a try, add a pop of colour to your outfit to distract the eye away from them. Go for a bright pair of shoes, a top in a bold print or a statement jacket.