Culottes are here to stay – the trick to styling them!

Hi everyone,

Culottes are one of those pieces of clothing that are totally underestimated and forgotten about by many. Today I had to swallow hard as a friend stated she never bothered to get a pair because they are only ever in fashion for 5 minutes at a time…. So far from the truth!

Fact is that the fashion houses have been desperately trying to bring both wide legged trousers and culottes into the forefront and eliminate skinny jeans.

Skinny jeans seem to have similar characteristics to weeds. You simply can’t get rid of them no matter how hard you try. This does not however, mean that culottes are out of fashion. In fact Spring 2018 sees them back on the HOT list with vengeance.


Culottes are here to stay – the trick to styling them!


Culottes have a real identity of their own. Unlike jeans which you can wear as sloppy as you like and still get away with it. Culottes need to be styled purposefully.

The trick to styling culottes is in the matching.

The trick to styling culottes is in the matching. With todays outfit I chose blue pumps to match the culottes. Then a red bag with blue stripes to tie back to the culottes and red bakers cap to match back to the bag. The sweater tones in with the stripes on the bag. As remote as it may seem there is no one lonely piece of clothing in this look. Each colour is replicated somewhere.


It’s in the Length

When buying culottes make sure they don’t finish just at the widest part of your lower leg. Follow this one rule and then it is easy to make your culottes flattering.

Wear sneakers or heels – the choice is yours but remember to match your footwear with another piece of the outfit.


Today my dear friend Beatrix from Ask The Monsters (you might like to check out her lifestyle blog too), took the photos. Sauntering through Zurich we found the perfect prop that was too good an opportunity to miss for a little fun…


One small step to the top of the pedestal…



Finally making it to the top without stabilising myself…the trick was not to look down!


Outfit Details:

Culottes and Sweater – paradis des innocents

Baker cap – Zara (similar available here)

Bag – MaxMara (similar available here)

Shoes – (similar available here)


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Have fun styling your culottes today!

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Hi! I’m Yvonne, a 40 something (wink) Kiwi, living in Zurich. I love fashion, travel, shopping and food – believing chocolate will cure almost anything!

  1. I like those Culottes actually they are quiet versatile and you can wear those any time and where every you are going they look always very nice and classic.

  2. Perfect Yvonne 👌
    Culottes can be a wardrobe’s best friend when fitted properly to one’s leg length . I’ve always loved them . I wore a black pair to a friend’s wedding back in the late 80’s and remember this as being edgy 😉😊

  3. Hear, hear, Yvonne!!! I used to loathe them with a passion, as in hardcore hatred, but these days, culottes have snuck their way into my heart. And my wardrobe. Adore yours!!

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