There are many mornings when I put on an outfit I selected the night before, take my pictures for the blog, and then change up outfit details before I go out the door. Somehow the process of photographing my outfit makes me re-think the “look” of the day.
With this ensemble, it was only once I got dressed that I remembered the problem with these culottes – fun pattern, great price when I bought them, BUT unflattering with a tucked-in top. Wearing a wide belt helped, but I was still dissatisfied. Just the same I left for work without making any changes. Around midday when the weather warmed up and I took off the jacket, I finally figured it out. I untucked the chambray shirt (long shirttail) and put the belt over the shirt – voila! No pictures of this change, but next time I’ll remember how to wear these culottes successfully!
I am pretty sure I had a pair of denim culottes or gauchos when I was in my 20s. I wasn’t much of a hippie back then, but nothing could keep me from a culotte trend. Here I am again lusting after denim culottes once again. I actually think that denim culottes represent a fresher and cooler way to wear denim in warmer weather; skinny jeans and boyfriend jeans can get pretty hot even if they are cropped. But culottes are looser and much cooler as I see it.
I’ve been scoping out denim culottes for a while now and I discern a couple of style options:
Light or dark denim – I think I prefer the darker denim since it is more slimming and looks more sophisticated. Lighter denim just looks like “Coachella” style to me.
Wide or Narrow Leg – I vote for wide leg; otherwise the culottes just look like longer jeans that have been cut to the culotte length. The wide leg also makes one’s waist and hips look smaller – always good in my book. And, by the way, virtually all the denim culottes I’ve seen are high-waisted!
Finished hem or distressed hem – Here I haven’t yet decided but I might lean towards the distressed because it’s a little more trendy and looks so chic with sandal heels!
Jumpsuit or Pants – I have seen some very cute denim culotte jumpsuits – sort of a grown up version of denim overalls. Throw on a tee under the jumpsuit and one looks together but not like they are trying too hard. However the right culotte denim jumpsuits are hard to find!
Long or Short – No discussion here. Culottes that end just below the knee look dated no matter what they’re made off.
Anyway, want to join me on the denim culotte bandwagon? Here are some of my favorites!
Kate picked out today’s outfit – I want to give credit where credit is due! Sometimes I scroll through Dropbox and I’m not inspired by any of my past ensembles. It helps to have another fashionista’s fresh perspective. Thanks, Kate!
Here I’m wearing a good outfit for transitioning from winter to spring – floaty, bright summer culottes paired with a cool weather top – just the ticket for a day with a cool morning (just throw on a trench or a denim jacket) that segues into a balmy afternoon. Those of us in California are experts at this kind of dressing which works between seasons everywhere else!
Shop my picks:
See another way I’ve pattern-mixed with these culottes:
I have chosen today’s outfit for several reasons: 1) as a discipline, bloggers should share the “meh” outfit photos as well as the spectacular ones – this one is a little bit “meh”, and 2) my silly glasses purchased as computer reading glasses but also used generally.
Readers, I look a little like an insect in these! While I loved the IDEA of this outfit, it fell short in execution. I was intrigued by the idea of tucking in my lime green cardigan, but I think it ended up looking lumpy combined with the shirt underneath and the baggy culottes. Happily, the stenciled saying “Not My Problem” on the culottes compensated for these other shortcomings!
Here I was looking to create a black background for my yellow shoes and neon neck adornment. I have always been fond of this short sleeved cashmere turtleneck – a perfect solution for transitional weather in California. I purchased these black culottes just before the culotte “craze” hit – they are a wonderful alternative to another black midi skirt, don’t you think? And everything I am wearing is designed to highlight my pair of neon necklaces from J. Crew. Pulling together disparate pieces from my closet gives me the most pleasure!
I feel a bit like I’m riding off to the hunt in this ensemble; I’m sure it is because I’ve opted for black knee high boots with my black culottes. I love midi culottes but in the winter I have challenges finding the right footwear look. Ankle boots – meh, heels – it depends on the heel, flats – never going to happen.
Aside from this dilemma, I love a voluminous black bottom half with an interesting fitted top and this Gaultier vintage top fits the bill. I have always loved Gaultier’s tops and matching skirts and I’ve found a few on deep sale.
I am a walking Zara Sale ad today! These culottes were SO cheap – why didn’t anyone want them? Same for the belt. I KNEW Zara would bring out a frayed denim shirt if I were just patient – and here it is!
I am a real culottes fan, even in the years when they weren’t in style. What’s the difference between a culotte and wide leg cropped pants, I ask you?
Back to Zara – you may think Zara is too hip/young/whatever for you. I say check them out. It’s a great spot for buying into a trend without a huge investment.
I couldn’t help myself. These two patterns looked SO RIGHT together and, even though I had second thoughts, I wore these culottes and tee together – with my head held high!
Separately, of course, these items have a lot of versatility but I love the idea of summery printed culottes. I am also glad that yellow print tops seem to be everywhere – I gravitate towards yellow anything so I’m on board. Are you?
Kate says: You guys have seen this dress many times, and that’s because it’s super versatile. It works nicely as a jumper over a collared shirt or a turtleneck, like here. And, of course, black and white goes with everything — including my maroon tights!
Jeanne says: I adore these cut-out “Not My Problem” culottes. These are the perfect accompaniment for my black turtleneck and tights. I think black turtles and tights should always highlight a colorful dress, skirt or jumper; it creates a simple but striking ensemble. Kate has paired her turtleneck and dress with maroon (marsala?) tights for an interesting look. She looks quite chic, right?