Jump to Main ContentJump to Primary Navigation
Top

Five simple ways to make culottes ridiculously flattering

culottes.jpg

Culottes are one of the biggest trends for spring/summer 2015 but we'd be lying if we said we didn't find them hard to style.

If you're anything like the stylist.co.uk team, you haven't worn culottes since you were in the Brownies and had to don the obligatory uniform of brown culottes and a mustard yellow jumper.

Luckily, these short-trouser hybrids have come a long way since then. This season's culottes, as demonstrated on the runways of Gucci and Valentino, are a thing of wonder that can actually be extremely flattering.

They have a great feminist backstory too, having become popular in Victorian England for allowing daring ladies to secretly wear shorts while it looked like they were wearing skirts.

Lili de Alvarez

Tennis player Lili de Alvarez wearing her 'divided skirt' in 1931

The humble culottes, or 'divided skirts', were trousers in disguise that let these women ride horses and play tennis without flashing their knickers.

If you're looking for ways to style up a pair of culottes as part of a brilliantly flattering outfit, head this way to seek inspiration from the celebrities.


1. Match culottes to your top

Co-ordinating culottes to match your top gives a smart, tailored look. Go for matching pastels or bright colours for spring or be bold in matching prints.

Diane Kruger

Diane Kruger

Juianne Hough

Juianne Hough

Emily Wickersham

Emily Wickersham


2. Wear culottes with a shirt

Whether you're going for a daytime or evening look, tucking a shirt into culottes can be transformative as it balances out your sillhouette. A short-sleeved, fitted shirt is ideal for formal ocassions while a baggy shirt gives a more relaxed look.

Gigi Hadid

Gigi Hadid

Parker Posey

Parker Posey

Ellen Pompeo

Ellen Pompeo


3. Pair culottes with trainers

You don't have to wear heels with culottes to make them cool. Try a pair of bright white sneakers, such as Kendall Jenner's Adidas Stan Smiths, for a casual look that works for day or night.

Kendall Jenner

Kendall Jenner


4. Keep it simple

It might sound like obvious advice, but sticking to neutral tones and low key accessories when wearing a bold item like culottes is one of the easiest ways to wear them with style. Go for a colour palette of black, navy, cream and brown to let the shape of the trousers shine.

Victoria Beckham

Victoria Beckham

Karlie Kloss

Karlie Kloss

Lily Collins

Lily Collins

Leelee Sobieski

Leelee Sobieski


5. Distract from culottes with bright accessories

If you're still not convinced by culottes but want to give the trend a try, add a pop of colour to your outfit to distract the eye away from them. Go for a bright pair of shoes, a top in a bold print or a statement jacket.

Rose McGowan

Rose McGowan

Erin O'Connor

Erin O'Connor

Five best culottes

We've scoured the internet to find five of the very best culottes for summer:

zara

Striped culottes, £29.99 from zara.com

whistles

Indigo denim culottes, £140 from harveynichols.com

hm

Cream culottes, £29.99 from hm.com

topshop

Floral print culottes, £32 from topshop.com

warehouse

Tailored crepe culottes, £38 from warehouse.co.uk

More

This is how to get a refund for those faded Topshop Joni jeans

You'll be trawling your room for Topshop receipts by the end of reading this

by Megan Murray
18 Aug 2017

Daily outfit inspiration with our look at the best dressed A-listers

Casual dressing ideas from stylish celebrities

18 Aug 2017

This simple Zara dress has been absolutely everywhere this summer

There’s even a blog dedicated to sightings of ‘the dress’

by Moya Crockett
17 Aug 2017

This week's Style List: from luxe glasses to teen queens

Be a travel writer, go Seventies, and perk up your cereal

by The Stylist web team
16 Aug 2017

The internet is incredibly divided over ASOS’ newest fashion item

“How can I start an online petition to stop this?”

by Kayleigh Dray
15 Aug 2017

Primark reckons you’ve been saying its name wrong all these years

Do you say Pry-mark or Pree-mark?

by Kayleigh Dray
15 Aug 2017

ASOS has just made it easier to find your dream outfits

Gone are the days of wondering where that blogger's outfit is from

by Megan Murray
11 Aug 2017

Heidi Klum’s collection with Lidl has arrived, and it's all under £50

*Grabs purse*

by Susan Devaney
10 Aug 2017

The dark secret hidden in Sansa Stark’s costume on Game of Thrones

There’s more to Sansa’s outfit than meets the eye...

by Kayleigh Dray
10 Aug 2017

This is the most popular summer dress on Zara right now

The internet has fallen hard for this unusual high street dress

by Kayleigh Dray
08 Aug 2017