Culottes pants are more like palazzo pants except that they are cut out to stop just below your knees. Unlike palazzo pants that flows all the way to your feet, these ones are made to show off your lovely long legs. Until you start walking, people may think you are wearing a skirt which is quite funny in a way.
When I receive this culottes pant as a gift, I initially worried about how it would fit. I was wondering how I was going to look in it with my big sized 5 feet 4″ self. It wasn’t like I had some long legs to show off and I am not a big fan of 6 inches shoes, so I was a bit worried on how I would end up looking. For slimmer people with smaller waist and wider hips, this pant is a perfect fit. There’s absolutely nothing they can wear on it that will not fit. But for me with regular waist and wider hips, I felt I could try.
I initially tried it with a few tops and the mirror kept screaming ‘error’, as my lower tummy was bulging, and my waistline looks ridiculous. Apparently, I was trying it with the wrong tops. I had this pants in my closet for almost 3 months before I felt the need to try again and not be discouraged with how my mirror was judging me. Remember, I am a huge advocate of comfortable clothes and I would not love to be dressed and wish I had left home in another outfit.
Quick Tips To Styling A Culottes Pant
#1: Style The Same Way You Will Style A Midi Skirt
You can easily style your culottes pant the same way you will style your midi skirt as both outfit stop below your length. Try to avoid bulky clothing by keeping your tops tucked in where necessary to show off your waistline. I had to use a tiny belt to make a good effort at my un-corporating waist. Mine looks way shorter and above my knees because I had to pull it all the way up my waist to sit pretty.
#2 Your Choice of Shoes Matters A Lot
Wearing a heels is the most appropriate choice of shoes when wearing a culottes but not everyone can conveniently wear heels. While some people can walk 10 miles in heels, others would do a few feet and switch to flat shoes. If you however can wear heels, by all means please wear it when styling your culottes. However, if you cannot, get a pretty pair of flats shoes or sandals to match.
Also, where you are styling it to matters a lot, if it’s just for a casual event, you would not need to wear heels. Hence, a good pair of sandals will do the magic or even a sneaker. If you have long legs, that’s a plus.
#3 You Can Throw A Jacket on it For Comfort
Originally, culottes pants are made for comfort as they are wide legged and designed to make you move around easily without the feeling of some outfit tugging at your thighs or legs. While it was designed this way, a few women may feel the need to cover any excesses they may feel after wearing it.
As for me, I wore this to church and I felt a bit naked with the way my arms was showing and how my waist looks too defined. Hence, the need to cover it up a bit.
#Extra Tip: You can cut your pant to your desired length.
For short people, when these pants are a bit longer than necessary and close to your full length, it can make you appear really shorter. Especially if you are styling it on a flat shoe. I had one of such and I think that was why I dreaded wearing a culottes pants. But when I wore this, I got to understand this trick and I can comfortably reduce the length of the pant and style one of these days. Will share the before and after fit with you.
The most important thing, however, is finding the one that perfectly suit your frame. And it’s okay to adjust until it meet these needs.
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Are you someone who loves to show off your ankle and calf, then a culotte pant is all you need. Have you ever own one or style one before? What other way would you have love to style it? Are you going to start wearing culottes pants or you would stick to skinny jeans and leggings? Do you think it is church, work or just regular outing appropriate? Join the conversation by leaving a comment below.
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