2014 had maxi dresses, which got shorter this year to make way for midi-skirts and midi-dresses. Similarly, last year had palazzo pants, which got cropped this year too, to make culottes the hottest style to wear right now! Oh, also last year’s long tops made way for cropped tops this year. So basically everything got shorter!
And we want to make them 2015’s staple pants. Or 2015’s alternative to palazzo pants. So comfortable, airy and hot! Culottes come in many different styles and fabrics – printed or solid, leather or denim, chiffon or cotton, skirt-like or pants-like, knee-length or just-above-the-ankles. They are without a doubt this season’s must-have. What’s more, culotte shorts are in vogue too!
They were seen on the runway and now celebrities are wearing them everywhere. Check them out as seen on the celebrities:
How to Wear Them:
1. Leather Culottes:
Leather culottes are very, very in right now. Wear them with buttoned shirts in light summery colors. (Psst. Check out this article of mine on 2015 Spring Summer’s Hottest Fashion Colors). Add shoes to match the leather. And a micro-bag!
2. With Crop Tops:
Combine your culottes with the season’s other hot trends like crop tops. They look super chic paired with culottes. If your culottes are printed or multi-colored textured, choose one of the colors from that for your cropped top. Choose a fabric that either completely contrasts the culottes fabric or is the same, not clashing. Such as chiffon top with crepe culottes will look nice. Cotton top with khaki culottes, and so on.
3. With Belts:
Choose a wide belt in a contrasting color to make the outfit look well put together. If confused, choose a belt in the same color family as your culottes. Such as mocha belt with a beige pair of culottes.
This is my favorite way to wear culottes. I would choose light summer colors like white or sky blue, my favorite this season! Or mint-green. And pair it with accessories in the same color but slightly darker shades. Or pair it with layered chain necklaces. Monochromatic outfits will make you look taller and are easy to pull off.
5. Long Silhouettes:
If you have a pear shaped body or if you worry culottes will make you look fat, try a long jacket in light summery fabrics like cotton or chiffon. It will hide the extra dimensions.
6. With Wedges:
If you’re petite, wear the culottes with wedges or peep-toes because cropped pants tends make one look shorter. Try a fun color like apple green or hydrangea.
7. With Espadrilles:
If you’re tall, try espadrilles with your culottes, yet another super trendy accessory for this season. Try the chic ones with pop prints or glitters! (Check out this article with the trendiest shoe styles of this season!!)
8. With Cropped Peplums:
Another thing to pair with culottes is a cropped peplum top. This season, the peplum is shorter, falling at or just below your navel.
And while we’re at it, check out these 5 sexy culottes I’ve chosen for you!
So which one do you like the best? How do you plan to wear this hot new trend? Comment below, lemme know! Hasta la vista!! 🙂
Shilpa Ahuja a designer and entrepreneur. She is the editor-in-chief of ShilpaAhuja.com, which she founded with the goal of inspiring confidence in the modern working woman through fashion.
Fashion has traditionally been for the rich, white, thin woman. That’s how it evolved over centuries and that’s how it’s been represented in fashion media. But Shilpa believes that with the changing role of women in the society, fashion has changed, too. She believes that fashion is for everyone, regardless of their age, gender, color, body type and background. So she translates runway fashion into easy style advice that one can incorporate into their daily lives.
Shilpa’s work has been published in the University of Fashion blog and Jet Airways magazine. She is also an artist, illustrator and cartoonist. She is also the creator of Audrey O., a comic series that represents the lifestyle of millennial women. She enjoys creative writing and world travel. Her art has been exhibited at Harvard Graduate School of Design and the Aroma Hotel, Chandigarh and been published in Chandigarh Times.
Originally from Chandigarh, Shilpa also has a professional degree in architecture and has worked in interior project management. She is also the author of the book “Designing a Chinese Cultural Center in India”. Shilpa has a Masters in Design Studies degree from Harvard University. For feedback and questions, please email [email protected]