STYLE ADVICE OF THE WEEK: Culottes for the Summer

STYLE ADVICE OF THE WEEK: Culottes for the Summer

With summer coming to a close, you may find yourself in a similar position as myself: you’ve exhausted all the crazes of this season and you’re wondering what final trend you can eek out of the summer for one last hurrah.  Look no further than this Fashionista right here because she is serving major looks in her culottes.

Derived from the French word “culot” meaning the lower half of (in this case, a garment), culottes are basically just like a regular pair of cropped pants but with more room for activities.  In the 1700s, culottes were worn by the French upper class, but modern day culottes are revamped and très chic.  Culottes have made casual appearances on the runway for many years but it wasn’t until recently that they became popular in mainstream fashion.  Being the rather short individual that I am, I avoided this trend like the plague, as I was not looking for any reason to make my legs appear any shorter than they actually are.  I wasn’t always on board with the cropped pant trend, but this Fashionista made me a believer. She slayed those culottes and styled them like a pro.

These particular culottes were super funky but this Fashionista embraced the wild pattern.  She chose to wear her breezy pants with a relatively simple mesh bodysuit with a bit of interest in the front.  The floral detailing is gorgeous and makes the risqué garment appear quite delicate. Her leather jacket went with the black bodysuit in perfect monochrome fashion, and complimented the busyness of the culottes rather than trying to compete.

Continuing with the theme of simplicity, this Fashionista chose effortless accessories to pair with her attire.  Her mirrored lens sunglasses are perfect for a sunny summer day and her cute cross-body bag serves a functional and fashionable purpose.  This Fashionista made an extremely smart move by wearing platforms with her culottes to elongate her legs, eliminating the risk of the cropped bottoms cutting her off. These shoes are cute, comfortable and match perfectly with the rest of the outfit.

This Fashionista proved that culottes are the summer trend we are all missing in our lives.  In fact, by the time you are finished reading this article, I may be the proud owner of my very first pair.  So go ahead, take a risk, flash your calves to the bourgeoisie, because you’ll feel like royalty in your stylish new look.

What is your STYLE ADVICE OF THE WEEK? “I usually end up buying the clothing I initially believed I could never pull off.  When I step out of my comfort zone with fashion and it is well received, I feel incredible. With confidence, even the strangest piece can be worn with elegance.”