I never really would have classed myself as someone who would have written about fashion but, here we are. I don’t think of myself as a fashionista but I just happen to love clothes, I mean, who doesn’t? So I thought I would write about my favourite item of clothing to buy – culottes. They have become a fundamental item in my wardrobe and I probably don’t go more than a few days without wearing a pair.
When you pick a pair of culottes up and look at them on the hanger they can look dull and uninteresting but when you put them up they create a fantastic silhouette. As someone who is on the curvier side, especially around the hip area I personally love culottes as it creates the illusion of a straighter line in turn portraying a smaller waist. Whether you are short, tall, thin or curvy culottes are for you, you just need to understand how to style them!
As someone who is smaller I need to be careful when buying them because they can look like regular trousers on me which give me no shape. Culottes should come to somewhere past the knee but well enough above the ankle. With culottes I always try and wear heels to give me a bit more height and elongate the leg that’s on show. If heels are out of the question and it’s flats for you, just make them pointed. The beauty of culottes is that the focus can go on the shoes as that’s where the eye focuses when wearing culottes.
If any of you follow me on Instagram then you’ll know that recently I went on holidays and basically, all I wore were culottes. I feel so comfy in them and they are perfect for dressing up or dressing down any outfit. Any top you would normally wear with jeans, add a pair of culottes and you have an instantly jazzed up outfit. I am not a jeans person so I think that’s why I rely so heavily on culottes. That and I can’t find the perfect pair that suits my shape. I am still on the search for my Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants and if anyone can help in my search please leave me a comment!
So, if you don’t own a pair of Culottes trust me when I say that you should invest in a pair! There is no limit to the styles and patterns you can get, personally I prefer block colours and avoid patterns but below you can find a selection of my favourites!
Missguided Premium Orange Pleat Front Culottes, £30
So I can’t take these guys off. The rich colour goes with a surprising amount of things. It can be tempting to buy black or navy culottes but this rust colour can take you through Spring to Winter and match pretty much every colour you already have in your wardrobe. You can buy them HERE.
Primark Orange Culottes, £13
This pair were perfect for holidays as they were so light and similar to the Missguided pair, they go with a surprising amount of clothes but I loved pairing them with this jacket also from Primark.
I’m just going to go ahead and point out that these 3 images look completely different and yet the only thing different are the culottes. The cami (also from Primark, £5) and the jackets are the only things that changed. Can you tell I love culottes yet? This soft blush pink colour is a must have for Spring Summer and make any look seem effortlessly pretty. These were also from Missguided however, I can’t find them on the website but there’s a gorgeous culotte jumpsuit in the same colour which I may just have to purchase also… you can buy it HERE
New Look Pale Blue Pleated Culottes, £17.99
Obsessed with these and again, they are perfect for Summer. This look would be fabulous if paired with a blazer (see below), draped over the shoulders especially with a nice crisp white short underneath. This outfit is next on my hit list! You can buy the culottes HERE and this cute blazer to match can also be found on the New Look website for £13.99 – shop HERE.
It’s so hard not to buy ones in every colour but the way my collection is going, it’ll not be long before I have to move out to a bigger house for a room with just culottes. I have a problem. It can be tempting to pay expensive for culottes but my favourite place to shop for them is Primark and New Look plus they constantly update their clothing selection so everytime I go in, there’s always another pair attracting my attention.
Let me know if you like culottes as much as I do and if you have got a pair that I need to go out and get my hands on!