How To Pull Off Culottes Like A Pro

Yes, you can!

If you ardently follow street style and fashion blog updates, you would have noticed culottes are a big deal right now. From Paris to London, New York to Seoul, women are jumping on the trend to fabulous effect. But to the everyday gal, culottes have a bad rap for seeming unflattering on figures other than tall and slim ones. In reality, there’s very little about that extra volume that should intimidate you. Here are a few clever tricks to make you a culotte convert!

1. Keep proportions in check by pairing them with slim tops, since those that fall away from the body might make you feel frumpy. Anything curve-skimming or tucked in is a go; boxy or slouchy silhouettes, while terribly on point, may be harder to get away with.
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2. Go monochromatic. The oldest trick in the book and one that has yet to fail us. Black paired with black is a no brainer, but we also love blush pink, dove gray, and burgundy.
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3. Experiment with different fabrics. Try tailored tweed for the office or comfy chambray for lazy weekends as an alternative to the usual flowing reiterations.
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4. Flash a sliver of skin with the right kind of top. Culottes don’t exactly give off a sexy, seductive air, but you can easily combat that by opting for slinky camisoles and crop tops up top.
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5. Choose a pair that hits just below the knees, as this length works best regardless of body type. Progress to longer hems once you’re comfortable enough to do so.
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6. When in doubt, wear heels. Sashay across the room in some serious stilettos a la Victoria Beckham, or channel your favorite fashion editor in minimalist mules.
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