Culottes have not been seen on the style scene for quite some time but they are making a huge comeback! This cropped, wide-legged pant is the perfect alternative to a midi skirt when you don’t feel like showing off a little too much when the breeze hits you a la Marilyn Monroe. Seen on the Spring/Summer 2014 runways of Hermes, Proenza Schouler and Victoria Beckham — to name a few– you can style this comfortable, breezy trend in 6 cool ways.
1. Modern Classic
Ladylike and laid-back, culotte pants, when paired with classic elements like a wrapped blouse, trench coat and pumps as seen on fashion blogger Emma Hill of EJStyle, and lifestyle blogger Charlotte of LurchHoundLoves, look effortlessly chic. Take note of the Hermes and Emporio Armani SS14 culotte workwear looks– the perfect blend of sophistication and comfort.
Hermes and Emporio Armani Spring/ Summer 2014
2. Sporty Casual
As seen in the Alexander Wang and Helmut Lang Spring 2014 Ready-to-Wear collections, sporty culottes can be cropped just below the knee for just above the ankle. When paired with neutral tops or minimal layers like fashion blogger Mind the Mustard, the effect is covetable-cool.
Alexander Wang and Helmut Lang Spring/ Summer 2014
3. All White, Boxy Layers
Relaxed yet crisp, when white culottes are paired with clean-lined tops, the combination is loungewear heaven. Derek Lam, Proenza Schouler and Tibi all displayed this fresh combo at their #SS14 shows, and the look is trending on chic fashion bloggers like Shairstyle.
Derek Lam, Proenza Schouler and Tibi Spring/ Summer 2014
4. Art School Chic
The wide-legged cropped pant doesn’t just look great styled minimally; Daring styles fit for a museum outing or art opening were seen on the 3.1 Phillip Lim Spring ’14 runway.
5. Tomboy Lux
The Row’s Spring ’14 collection inspired all of us to layer up in menswear-inspired pieces while keeping fit and proportion in mind. The culotte’s capri cut breaks up a layered look adding just enough femininity to a masculine look.
6. Seaside Prints
The easy silhouette of the palazzo pant cropped, you don’t have to worry about soaked hems at the beach with the culotte. The Mulberry Spring 2014 RTW Collection provided some killer inspiring by way of culottes with two getaway-worthy looks: sheer mesh and dainty floral. Fashion bloggers Ashley (aka The Photogramps) and Hantsa of Madagascar style the breezy culottes in everyday casual looks.
Mulberry Spring/ Summer 2014
Indeed, these culottes are the most fashionable alternative to midi skirt for the breezy spring season but unfortunately to petite girls like me we need to pull off a Anne Hathaway kind of styling, meaning crop top + high waisted culottes, if you want to wear this trend since any hem lines that ends in between our ankles and knees makes us look more smaller.
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