At first glance, culottes can seem intimidating, with their awkward shin-grazing length and wide-leg silhouette. The key here is to treat them as you would a midi skirt, and you'll find that they boast as much versatility and work with plenty of pieces you already own. Basically, culottes are a flattering addition to any closet. If you're still stumped, we scoured the streets to find the chicest snaps that make for excellent culotte-wearing style lessons. From streamlining with one shade to adding pops of color, see how to wear culottes like a street-style pro, and then shop a few of our favorites.
1. FOCUS ON FOOTWEAR
Choose an ankle boot that meets the end of the trouser for a well-composed look.
2. SHRUG ON A STATEMENT COAT
Throw on an oversized graphic coat to make a statement and play with varying lengths.
3. PLAY WITH PRINTS
Choose a pant with a bold print to add some unexpected personality to the outfit. Pair with classic staples, like a relaxed tee and leather jacket, to keep the look balanced.
4. EXPERIMENT WITH PROPORTIONS
A form-fitting top that cinches at the waist helps to offset the culotte's volume.
5. GO MONOCHROMATIC
Streamline your outfit by choosing one shade and weaving it throughout the entire outfit.
6. ADD POPS OF COLOR
A pop of color, like a bold sweater, and metallic finishes can give any outfit a boost in interest.
7. ATEA OCEANIE
Atea Oceanie | $585
Tibi | $350
H&M | $40
Theory | $335
COS | $125
Zara | $50