I wasn’t sure about culottes for a long time. I’m not a shorts kind of person anyway, and they seemed a bit too fashion-y for me (I’m not brave). But then two things happened: New Look started stocking them – and as soon as NL stocks things my brain decides it must mean it’s something wearable – and I came to the realisation that actually, they’re basically just midi skirts in shorts format. And I love a good midi skirt.
So anyway, culottes are everywhere now. If you search ‘culottes’ on ASOS you get 183 results to choose from – everything from what’s essentially a shorter tailored trouser to super floaty, floral boho type things (which I LOVE, btw). They’re super easy to style and I don’t actually own a pair yet but they’re next on my ‘to purchase’ list – I’m dying to get this New Look pair which would look very cute with a structured white crop top and white sandals.
Anyway, I’ve pulled through a quick summary of how I’d style these badboys – as always, a day version and a night version plus some bonus LookBook.nu snaps to round it all off.
Okay, for day. The beauty of these is that they’re actually really versatile – it’s going to be easy to dress them up or down. The black ones I’ve used here are from Topshop and cost £40, but to be honest New Look and plenty of other places will do a cheaper version if that’s what you’d prefer. Crop tops and culottes are a perfect pairing, and due to the high waisted nature of the shorts you don’t need to flash much skin (unless you want to, y’know). I love this grey polo neck – it’s SO 90’s – and teamed with the white blazer and converse it would be a little bit edgy, a little bit grungy but actually surprisingly wearable. The floral bardot top would look very cute tucked in, and teamed with the blue flats (which I NEED) it’d dress it up just a tiny bit. I also love the idea of this with the tattoo choker – which I’m coming to love a teeny bit. Who even am I? Any soft, slouchy t-shirt would look great, and this would give you a bit of a blank canvas to accessorise in your own way – think the khaki t-shirt, layered long necklaces and stone coloured sleeveless jacket worn open. Bag-wise go for anything with a long strap (and fringing. I love fringing), and make up wise anything goes – try a bright coral lipstick to summer it all up. My favourite combination here? The daisy print crop top, black sandals, long necklaces and white blazer.
Styling for night time is, if anything, even easier. Go for a dressier or more structured top and team with heels and bam, you’re set. Here are some of my favourite bits and bobs – can we all take a minute to appreciate the rose gold River Island heels? They’re rose gold. And they’re real leather, and they’re £50, and hello, they’re rose gold.They’re also available on ASOS where you can get student discount on them too – sorry RI but until you embrace us poor students I’m not likely to shop with you. Anyway moving on – I love these with the black cold shoulder tee, and with the palm print clutch bag. I’m so obsessed with palm prints at the minute. The obi belt is a great bet if you’re scared of crop tops too – it’s thick enough to hide any skin! The white lace Bardot top would look ace tucked in (or left out if you prefer) with the coral sandals, and the yellow cross body bag would go with this perfectly. Apparently yellow’s going to be big this summer. The black and white crop is quite a booby one, so with the lace up flats to dress it down every so slightly and the white sleeveless jacket, this would definitely be a winning combo. And the big chunky gold necklace because everyone needs a bit of tack in their life. If you’re not worried about adding an extra bit of volume a kimono would look fab, especially with heels and a flower crown. I’ve put the pink bralet on there because I love the idea of it peeking out from under an oversized top – especially if you’re wearing matching lipstick. And speaking of lipstick, go for a classic red. Because always red lipstick.
And finally, here are some of my favourite examples from LookBook. There’s loads of inspiration on there, so give it a browse if you’re stuck for ideas.