3 Styling Tips on How to Wear Culottes
posted on November 9, 2016 | by Amanda Holstein
I’ll admit, it took me a long time to finally get onboard with the culotte pant trend. In fact, it wasn’t until my recent trip to Spain that I started to fall in love with the retro silouette. After seeing stylish European women walking around confidently in their culotte pants and flatforms, I quickly became on board with the trend. (We actually hopped into a Zara and snagged a pair so we could fit in!) I realized the reason I was so hestitant to embrace the trend was because they can be tricky to style. So I’ve put together a little guide on how to wear them correctly.
1. Choose a darker shade.
With any looser pant, it’s safest to go with a darker shade. It’s more slimming and easier to work in with the rest of your wardrobe. Black is a classic option, but I prefer navy for a more casual look. Zara makes the perfect culotte pants in both black and navy (and prints). They have a stretchy waist, pockets, and a tie-front for some nice detail. Plus, they work with tall girls like me (I’m 5’6″) and shorties like my friend Andrea who’s 5’2″. I also love this rich brown pair.
2. Tuck in your shirt.
Like most high-rise pants, culottes look best when your shirt is tucked in. Because the pant has a loose fit and a high waist, leaving your shirt undone can look messy. Tuck in your shirt to help define your waist and keep the look streamlined. Shirts that look best tucked in are classic tees, button-downs, loose blouses, and light sweaters. Avoid shirts with complicated silouettes, like empire waists, peplums, or an A-line shape. You want to only choose tops that can easily tuck into your pants.
3. Choose the right shoe.
Choosing the right shoe is key to pulling off your culottes. Flatforms (flat platforms) look fantastic with culotte pants. Opt for flatform espadrille sandals in the summer & spring and platform loafers or sneakers in the fall & winter. Classic pumps and heeled sandals will work with your culottes as well. You can also pair them with classic flats — I would just recommend ones with a pointier toe to help elongate your legs. Some ankle boots will work as well as long as they don’t go up past your ankle. The lower the better so that you can keep as much of your leg exposed (this will help elongate your leg).
Hi Amanda :) while I totally agree on choosing darker colors I don’t totally agree on the type of shirt you’re recommending. Of course a tucked in shirt looks great with a culotte but a long A-line shirt that hangs loose looks even more stylish! It’s a little bit out of the typical comfort zone and definitely takes some trial and error but it’s totally worth it!!
Amanda SaysPost author
Hi Katrin! I agree, that type of shirt can look really cool with culottes! My recommendations are meant for beginners just trying out culottes for the first time. The easiest way to make sure they work every time is to wear a shirt tucked in, but if you’re up for venturing outside your comfort zone, then yes, your recommendation looks awesome!!
Love this! I needed this advice, I’m so glad I came upon this article. I really need to know though where your top and bracelet came from! Love them both soo much!
ellen Baker Says
Can you please tell me where I can buy that top?
JULIE SANTELLI Says
In the 3 styling tips on how to wear culottes, can you tell me who makes the cream shirt or where I can find one that is similar? I love it!
Awesome post, Culottes are super comfy, and they’re excellent for spring or summer because they’re breezy and look better without lots of layers. Keep it up.
Where is your pretty blouse from?
Where is this blouse from? I love it!
adam asif Says
i did say nice way of explaining a perfect combo
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Hi! Just wondering where your top is from?
Looking really nice, i really like the top and the contrast with the black and those brown sandals is looking cool.
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