From bonafide WTF trend to full-blown It-girl (and every-girl) ugly-pretty style staple, the culotte isn’t going anywhere, anytime soon. By now, you’ve probably taken the plunge and given the chic separate a try, and you may even count culottes as a part of your wardrobe’s inner circle. That said, outfit fatigue is real, and if you’ve been feeling less than enthused about your most-coveted culottes as of late, some serious style inspiration is definitely in order. This week’s edition of Style Resolutions has you covered, with hot-right-now pieces like robe-style jackets, metallic shoes and minimalist jewelry in three effortless outfits to help renew your love for culottes.
HOW TO STYLE CULOTTES FOR WORK
Redefine the stuffy suit by putting colorful culottes front row center in your nine-to-five rotation. The unexpected bottom sets the tone for the rest of your getup, making non-traditional pieces, like a robe jacket — a lazy girl’s workweek dream — feel totally on-the-job appropriate. While a classic collared shirt would feel right at home here, we say go there with a clean-cut crop top that layers neatly over a high waistline. Shoes that read #girlboss (an office essential) come in the form of lace-up, pointed-toe pumps, while understated-yet-impactful jewelry with architectural appeal delivers a dose of elegant, don’t-mess attitude.
Mango Cropped Palazzo Trousers ($80) + Wilfred Free Arlenis Blouse ($75), Zara Belted Blazer Robe ($149), Corres Madrid Gold Plated Double Arch Ring ($132), Anthropologie Taurina Necklace ($88), Cuyana Small Caryall Tote ($195), New Look Grey Suede Lace Up Peep Toe Heels ($57), Kjaer Weiss Sun Touched Cream Blush ($56)
HOW TO STYLE CULOTTES FOR A NIGHT OUT
For an after-hours outfit that straight-up slays, skip the flirty frock or A-line skirt. Whether you’re gallery hopping or swapping gossip with your girls over a glass of wine, culottes for the win every time. An embroidered crop top brings the obligatory sass-factor to the front-row-worthy ensemble, while snake-effect boots offer an exotic (and practical) alternative to your favorite stilettos. You’re not party ready without a pop of vibrant color, and that’s where fiery crystal danglers and punchy pink nail polish come in. Stash your going-out goods in a luxe color block clutch, and drape a stunning suede jacket around your shoulders for a sophisticated finish.
Mango Cropped Palazzo Trousers ($80) + Zara Embroidered Top With Diamanté ($129), Mango Flap-Pocket Suede Jacket ($100), & Other Stories Croco Embossed Boots ($245), Clare Vivier Flat Clutch ($235), J.Crew Fiery Crystal Earrings ($65), Marc Jacobs Beauty Enamored Hi-Shine Nail Polish in Shocking ($18)
HOW TO STYLE CULOTTES FOR THE WEEKEND
Break away from your tee-and-jeans routine by rockin’ a pair of culottes when the weekend rolls around. A preppy sweater with a ’70s edge steps in for a classic t-shirt, with a silk scarf knotted just so above the collar (a little French-girl style is always a welcome addition). And since this look is all about elevated casual, metallic pointed-toe trainers are an undisputed must. They’re the game-changing detail that grounds the getup in laid-back territory, while still managing to push the envelope. Toss on a fringe-flecked jacket and a totally chic backpack before you head out the door. Prepare to turn some heads.
Mango Cropped Palazzo Trousers ($80) + & Other Stories V-Neck Linen Sweater ($65), Madewell x Daryl K Reseda Suede Fringe Jacket ($498), Ecote Silky Mini Square Scarf ($14), Forever21 Faux Leather Backpack ($33), Charles & Keith Duo-Tone Loafers ($49), H&M Bangle Bracelet ($7), Aesop Avail Lip Balm With Sunscreen ($19)
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