Just like the tunic, culottes have not been seen on the style scene for quite some time, and with all the ways you can style the comfortable, breezy trend, we wonder why they ever left us. The 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 just so. Seen on the Spring/Summer 2014 runways of Hermes, Proenza Schouler and Victoria Beckham -- to name a few -- the culotte is making a huge comeback.
6 Ways to Style Culottes
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.
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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 Mind the Mustard), the effect is covetable-cool.
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.
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Art School Chic
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.
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.
By Whitney S. Williams
Photos via EJStyle, LurchHoundLoves, Mind the Mustard, Shairstyle, The Photogramps & Hantsa