Fashion’s ode to the ’70s returns this season bringing with it the culotte pant. Scroll on for our edit of the best. From high-end investments at Gucci and Proenza, to high street favourites Zara and Boden. Plus, if you thought the tricky wardrobe piece was hard to wear, we’ve styled up three easy ways to work the trend.
Bridging the gap between sophisticated tailoring and oh-so-comfy, culottes are one of those pieces that – if styled correctly – can look impossibly chic. They’re having somewhat of a renaissance this season, as are all things that nod to the ’70’s, so whether you pair with heels and sequins or layer up with ruched boots and fine knits, they might just become one of the hardest working items in your autumn wardrobe.
The great thing about culottes is that, although they look pretty understated on the hanger, they can take on multiple guises. There’s leather options from AllSaints that offer a polished rock ‘n’ roll vibe; classic black wool that are smart enough for the office and will see you through chilly winter commutes; or dressier options from the likes of Issey Miyaki that offer a welcomed alternative to a dress or cigarette pant when teamed with heels.
The waistcoat co-ord is popping up everywhere right now and Zara’s butterscotch duo will up your autumn workwear wardrobe instantly. Pairing the top half with looser-fitting culottes gives the look a more relaxed, understated vibe and we love it worn alone or layered up over a crisp white shirt when the weather cools. Keep the rest of the look muted with shades of cream, caramel and brown.
Culottes work best with heels and this season’s biggest boot trend – the ruched knee-high – brings extra leg-lengthening magic to a look. Embrace the vintage vibe and pair with polka dots and a pussybow blouse.
Turn day-to-night and ditch your go-to jeans for a pair of culottes – we love a leather pair for a tougher edge. Paired with a trusty going-out top, whether that’s a silky cami, peplum brocade or or a slinky long-sleeved blouse, like M&S’s sky blue high-neck offering.
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