Feeling nervous about stepping into a pair of knee-length trousers? We don’t blame you. At first glance, these super-wide-legged cropped pants look tricky to pull off, but they’re surprisingly wearable. The best styling trick we’ve learned about these wide pants: Think of them as as a midi skirt when you’re creating an outfit around them.
Here are three more styling tips that will help you master culottes:
If the pants aren't hitting you at the sweet spot—where your calf starts to thin out—get them hemmed to the appropriate length. It will make all the difference!
Linen culottes, $47, asos.com. Vince Camuto pleated-front cropped pants, $71, nordstrom.com. Loose-fit trousers with pleats, $46, zara.com.
If you're of average height or shorter, your footwear options become limited. A well-heeled pair of shoes is a must. To further lengthen your frame in these shapely trousers, stick with one colour or tone.
Cropped high-waisted trousers, $80, zara.com. Ocaria synthetic-leather pumps, $35, aldoshoes.com. Single-button draped vest, approximately $270, jcrew.com. Bag with tassel, $248, elabyela.com. Sunday Best Murakami blouse, $50, aritzia.com.
Because these pants give your bottom half some serious volume, keep your choice of top simple and tailored. If you’re up for showing a bit of skin, try pairing it with another heavy-hitting trend this season: the crop top.
Babaton Lazarus culottes, $110, aritzia.com. Striped crop top, $6, hm.com. Faux-leather double-band mules, $60, lechateau.com. Touch by Alyssa Milano cat-eye sunglasses, $59, clearly.ca.
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