Culottes & Gauchos Are Back! Here’s How to Wear Them

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Scoot your skinny jeans to the back of the closet, wide legs are making their way back to the forefront. And not just any wide silhouette, the cropped kind, to be exact. Grandma’s culottes have gotten a serious style upgrade and the slimming high-waist, wide leg combo is about to be a spring and summer staple. Easy and comfortable just like the seasons, this silhouette is going to be taking the place of all of your capris once the sun starts shining.

There’s a pair of culottes to sub in for your denim, your work trouser, and even special occasion options. So, keep your eyes peeled at trend and basics shops alike. Sites like Everlane have already worked them into their latest capsule collection, which means you can snag three shades at once. Break up your bulk order with the purchase of a few soft and stretch fabrics or embellished options — and you won’t need any another silhouette until fall.

We’ve handpicked six options below to suit any mood and budget!

Culottes — Top 6 Picks

1. The Stretch Staple

culottes - soft blue crop pants from Everlane

The Wide Leg Crop Pant,
$68, Everlane

Much like your do-it-all black pant, this simple stretch trouser is destined for greatness. An instant classic with easy stretch, you’ll want to button up in this feel-good pair for anything and everything.

2. The Airy Overall

black wide-legged culottes with suspender strap

Silence + Noise Cyclops Suspender Pant, $69, Urban Outfitters

For days off or nights out that can use a little spunk, this one-shouldered number provides just the right edge. Perfect with crop tops, sleeveless shirts, bodysuits and more, this airy, gathered-waist option rewards all of the rebels with comfort and cool.

3. The Bold Print

striped tie-waist culottes

Striped Tie-Waist Culottes, $60, Macys

Brunch or bridal shower? Go bold. Pair with a silky cami and a fitted jacket — weather permitting — and you’ve got a gorgeous alternative to the party dress that every other attendee will be wearing.

4. The Jean Essential

denim culottes by Levi's

Women’s Levi’s® Jean Culottes, $49.99, Kohl’s

When you don’t feel like shimmying into the skinnies, go wide with a loose culotte in a classic wash. Dress them up with a wedge or bootie, or down with sneaks and a tee. Just like any other jean, this pair offers that age-old versatility we all love.

5. The Office Option

 

gray wool culottes

Drapey Culotte in Wool Flannel, $69.99, JCrew

For all the working women holed up with stricter dress codes, a pleated wool pair lets you in on the fun — even when you’re stuck flexing your sartorial sense during long hours in the office. Tailored and trendy? It’s almost too good to be true!

6. The Hot Hue

yellow culotte pants from ASOS

Linen Culotte Pants, $38, ASOS

We’ve already talked about yellow being the shade of the season, and with Beauty and the Beast debuting any day now, it’s gonna be here for a while. Grab a lightweight linen pair in the cheery hue and you’ll be set for sun-shining days.

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  • I like your do-it-all black pant and Silence Noise Cyclops Suspender Pant Urban Outfitters are very nice designs .
    Thank for sharing .

  • This is amazing, i like your blogs a lot.

  • really nice collections!!