10 Celebrity Outfits That Prove Culottes are Back
What's cooler than capris, braver than an A-line skirt and delivers more je ne sais quoi than plain ol’ pants? Culottes! For style inspiration on how to wear ’em, we’ve pegged some of our favourite chic celebs who have pulled off this tricky trend effortlessly (plus three pairs you can buy right now).
Footwear is the make or break item of any culottes-lovin’ look. Attention must be paid to what’s happening below those swingy cuffs, which is why Leelee Sobieski looks so great. 1) She’s chosen pointy-toe heels to achieve the longest leg line and kept an eye on the vamp (top front portion). A pair with a low cut vamp will elongate legs--and, as with most things, every inch counts. 2) She understands the opportunity for display that culottes present, hence she’s stepped out in shoes dressed up with eye-catching embellishment.
When it comes to culottes you can’t go wrong if you keep it simple.
For the foolproof way to wear culottes follow Victoria Beckham’s example and stick to classics. Try a pair of black culottes. An inky shade makes everything chicer and safer, which means they're a smart choice for anyone who wants to dabble in the trend and/or wear them to work. Then add a crisp white shirt and ladylike pointy toe pumps, and there you are wearing culottes like a girl boss!
How to build a chic culottes outfit? Well, let’s breakdown Rashida Jones’s look, shall we? First off, she’s using a structured jacket to reinforce the graphic lines of culottes and define her proportions. Secondly, she’s minimized visual distractions by choosing small bag. Lugging a huge tote alongside voluminous cropped pants has the potential to overwhelm your frame. And finally, her light-coloured shoes guarantee that her figure appears as long and lean as possible. Well played, lady, well played!
Sarah Jessica Parker
If you’re down to try culottes and classify your style sense at the intermediate level, look to SJP. Her colour-blocking approach strikes the perfect note between entry level/totally classic and advanced/way fashion forward. Another option would be to go the monochromatic route. A light blue top with dark blue culottes, for instance, would yield equally stylish results.
To excel at wearing culottes one must take proportions seriously. One wrong move with such a voluminous bottom half can end in fashion disaster. A slim-fitting top is the best bet. You can choose a cropped fit (it won't compete with the shape of the pants), or make like Milla Jovovich and keep the style tucked in to define your waistline.
Culottes push the fashion envelope, but Jennifer Lawrence’s pair blasts it wide open–in a good way! A basic grey pair becomes avant-garde thanks to an asymmetrical design. With a pleated panel on one leg and a print running down the other, all topped off with a lacy crop top, J.Law embraces culottes' quirky character wholeheartedly. The lesson: Don’t half-ass it. For some trends you needn’t try to or worry about playing it safe.
For culottes with biker babe appeal consider a pair like Rita Ora’s in leather. The sleek finish helps the flowy pant lose any of its boho vibe. Her palette of black and white, topped off with a pop of red lipstick, is simple but all the pieces come together to make an impact. Killer shoes are the final touch on a tough-girl-in-culottes-look. Think high heel, and strappy in design.
Balancing feminine and masculine in one garment, culottes are a unique way to play dress up with the usual girly elements. To give culottes the pretty treatment, follow Chloe Moretz’s lead and find a pair in a soft colour and delicate fabric. And shop prepared: lighter colours and textiles can highlight bumps and lumps so have the proper undergarments on hand. A skin-tone thong or slimming shorts will give you a clear picture of what to expect outside the change room.
Shop: Dark Arts
Black makes everything chicer and safer. So not only will black culottes carry a built-in edge factor but they're a smart choice for anyone who wants to dabble in the trend and/or wear them to work. Cuffs can fall anywhere below the knees, depending on your proportions.
Liu Jo Pants, $400.
Shop: Print 'n' Play
To find the best printed culottes for your body shape consider your style objective. Want to look taller? Try vertical lines, even if they're not traditional stripes they'll still draw the eye downwards. Hoping to balance curves? Asymetrical designs or pants with tuxedo stripes or panels running down sides will have a slimming effect.
Suno Cropped Printed Wide Leg Pants, US $450.
Shop: Pretty Woman
A pretty look anchored by a sweet A-line shape becomes even sweeter when that A-line has legs.
Club Monaco Cortney Culotte, $170.