How to Wear Culottes

Calling all Culottes

Spring is out the door and summer is in full bloom. But you can't always wear maxis and sundresses to work, so what are your options?

[Hint: here's some!]

Enter culottes. You’ve seen women bouncing around town in those wide leg crop pants looking like a carefree Parisian and you probably think...I could never pull those off. Well, ladies, you are simply incorrect. Not only are culottes back, but they are oh so comfy and incredibly functional (hello, pockets!), and anyone can rock them (at work, for ladies' night or even a night on the town with your hunny).

Culottes are a high fashion item that actually have a healthy dose of history to them. Some claim that culottes were inspired during the Renaissance period, (an item primarily worn by men, hence the term britches). And others assert that the first woman to wear pants dates back to the 1800’s. Regardless of who really inspired culottes, what we do know is the 1970’s were poppin’ with ladies in culottes, and they are alive and well on the streets around the world. 

Here are a few ways to style your culottes with some of your favorite items that you likely have in your closet. The best thing about culottes is you can style them with a sexy heel or a flat depending on where you are heading. 

Culottes white pant

Neutral in color, but not in style.

It’s all about mixing comfort with style here. Blend a pair of white culottes with a neutral tone slouchy tee. Or reverse and pair a bold colored culotte with a simple white v-neck tee. We love the style and design of t-shirts from Brass.

Milly Cady Culottes

Reverse it with a pop of color.

If you are going to go with a bold colored culotte, like these from Milly (an Armoire customer favorite), pair with a sassy crop top and strappy sandal. 

Stripped Culottes

Striped and cropped.

I love this carefree yet pulled together look. Match a striped culotte with a black crop top and a pair of wedge sandals. For a more laid back look, pair with your favorite pair of sneakers.

Navy Culottes

Oh my navy.

This striped lightweight sweater paired with a chic dressier culotte for a day at the office is on point. Matched with your favorite nude pump this will take you from your desk to drinks in style.

Denim Culottes

Denim for days.

Culottes don’t always have to feel dressy. Here you can pull together an A+ look with a pair of denim culottes. Paired with a boxy cropped eyelet top this look has you ready for that mimosa brunch.


There you have it ladies. You can take a break this summer from the norm of sun-dresses and maxis and try a pair of culottes to keep you feeling a whole lotta cool especially on those cooler, not so summer days. 

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