Why Culottes Are The Fashion Gift That Keeps On Giving

Why Culottes Are The Fashion Gift That Keeps On Giving

The culotte trend is set to continue into AW15. Still not got to grips with it? TV host and contributing fashion writer Antonia O'Brien has some tried-and-tested tips.

Antonia O'Brien is a TV host and fashion writer

The love child of the Bermuda short and loose-fit flare, culottes have been hot news in the past few seasons, and they're the perfect piece to revisit in this unpredictable August weather. Whether styled for the office or worn to a black tie dinner, the culotte is as versatile as it is stylish. Here's what I've learned from road-testing the trend. 

DO balance their voluminous shape with a fitted top-half. Try wearing your culottes with cropped cashmere, a tucked-in blouse, strapless bustier or simple fitted vest. 

DON'T be haunted by their old Nineties reputation; this time around they’re sleek, modern and nothing like your school uniform  

DO mix-up feminine and tomboy styling by wearing your culottes with Vans or boyish loafers

DON'T wear culottes with a baggy ill-fitting top - you want something which tucks in to highlight the waistband, drawing attention to the smallest part of your waist 

DO lengthen the leg by choosing a longer length culotte that hits at the lower calf and accentuates the slim of the ankle 

DON'T think they are only for summer! Be inspired by autumn’s sixties and seventies looks and wear your culottes with sexy over-the-knee boots and a shearling coat 

DO reference the Fifties and Sixties and co-ordinate your culottes with a top or jacket in the same colour or shade.

DO mix fabrics and finishes for an expensive high-end look - think leather with wool, silk with cashmere or even neoprene with tweed  

DO style your culottes with a trapeze-like top that skims and creates a beautifully fluid silhouette 

DON'T be put off wearing culottes because they're not conventionally sexy - a crop top or bustier with a fierce heel will make for a powerfully sexy look 

DO dress up a denim pair with platforms and a ribbed knit for that Almost Famous look  

DO choose an elegantly slinky pair as a cool alternative to a dress for the evening

DO still embrace the culottes trend if you're petite. Look for a hem that sits just below the knee and style with a substantial heel to create the illusion of longer legs. 

Haven't bought a pair yet? Here are a few on sale now that we love 

Zara, £29

Asos.com, £35

Whistles, £140

How To Wear Culottes If You're Short 

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