14 Stylish Culottes You'll Love As Much As We Do

 
PHOTO: COURTESY TOPSHOP/ I AM & CO

PHOTO: COURTESY TOPSHOP/ I AM & CO

 

If you were a budding fashionista in the mid-2000s, then you remember the previous rise of the culotte. Sure, they had several resurgences in decades prior, but in the past few years they’ve returned to fill the hole the once-beloved skinny jean has left in the modern woman’s closet. Long gone are the days of wiggling into skin-tight twill, so snug you can barely sit.

In this new age of dressing, comfort is key, and that’s where the culotte comes it. Heralded as a universally flattering style, the best of the category have a mid or high-rise waist, and wide legs that show just a bit of ankle. Read on to see our picks for the best culottes of the season and some inspiration on how to style them.


 
PHOTO: COURTESY EVERLANE

PHOTO: COURTESY EVERLANE

 

Everlane Wide Leg Crop

$68 at time of publication

“The most flattering pant you’ll ever try,” reads the banner at the top of Everlane’s page for their best-selling wide leg pants. Launched about two years ago, these pants align seamlessly with Everlane’s mission to provide essential, easy and modern staples. There’s a pant in every color, to suit every taste and every mood.

This writer prefers her pair in white and feels it’s appropriate to wear all year ‘round, despite what old fashion rules may dictate. For a nautical-inspired spring look, wear a pair with a classic striped tee (with a French tuck of course), backless leather loafers and top it off with a square silk scarf around your neck.

These culottes are available at everlane.com.


 
PHOTO: COURTESY REVOLVE

PHOTO: COURTESY REVOLVE

 

Beach Riot Celine Pants

$80 at time of publication

Modernize your culottes by styling them with a very of-the-moment matching top. This pastel pair from Beach Riot feels so essentially spring, especially with its little daisy print. This pair, with its high-waist silhouette, is perfectly suited for cropped or fitted tops. If it’s still not warm enough to show off your whole midriff, this pair would also look lovely with a white ruffled blouse. Add a pair of embellished sandals and woven bag, and you’re ready for a sunny date in the park.

These culottes are available at revolve.com.


PHOTO: COURTESY ASOS

PHOTO: COURTESY ASOS

Asos Design Culottes With Origami Waist

$48 at time of publication

These pants take the culottes’ signature volume and take it to an entirely new level. They have the same tailored waist but with extra pleats in the front. This pair of made of lyocell, which is almost silky to the touch (but not shiny) and makes for incredible movement. They only come in navy, but thankfully it’s a versatile color that’s suited to being dressed both up and down. Because this fabric elevates the style, they could easily be paired with a plaid blazer and barely-there heels - a look best suited to take the wearer from work to late-night drinks at a swanky cocktail bar.

These culottes are available at asos.com.


PHOTO: COURTESY ANTHROPOLOGIE

PHOTO: COURTESY ANTHROPOLOGIE

Islander Embroidered Pants

$150 at time of publication

Kind of like a vacation, but in pant form. This pair from Anthropologie is a breezy mix of cotton and linen. The colorful embroidery gives them a vintage yet modern feel, and is just begging to be matched back to a poppy and colorful top. For fool-proof dressing, perfect for both actual vacation and a vacation state of mind, they can be worn with a matching top. Linen can be a tricky fabric to wear during the day, only because of its propensity to wrinkle, so we would suggest wearing these on a fun girls night out with the highest heels you own and a pair of swingy statement earrings.

These culottes are available at anthropologie.com.


PHOTO: COURTESY URBAN OUTFITTERS

PHOTO: COURTESY URBAN OUTFITTERS

C/meo Collective Through You Belted Puff Sleeve Jumpsuit

$198 at time of publication

For the culotte beginner, there is also the wide leg jumpsuit to consider. This one, from trendy Australian contemporary brand C/ameo Collective, is complete with puff sleeve detail and self fabric belt. It takes the mental work out of styling is this pant is new to you. However, in defense of culottes, they work with just about any top. What’s lovely about this jumpsuit are the trendy details, so to channel this look with a pair you already own, try pairing them with a puff sleeve cropped blouse.

These culottes are available at urbanoutfitters.com.


 
PHOTO: COURTESY TOPSHOP

PHOTO: COURTESY TOPSHOP

 

Horn Button Culottes

$80 at time of publication

Okay, so you’re a culotte convert. Ready to try something a little different? This pair from Topshop has the same cropped length and wide leg that we know and love, with an extra touch. The buttons down the side of the legs not only add visual interest, but they help to elongate the leg as well. This pair, in a bright shade of poppy red, while fresh for spring is essentially a season-agnostic color, so feel free to wear them all year ‘round!

These culottes are available at topshop.com.


 
PHOTO: COURTESY REFORMATION

PHOTO: COURTESY REFORMATION

 

Reformation Savannah Pant

$158 at time of publication

Easy and breezy and two hallmarks of the culotte pant. This pair from eco-friendly brand Reformation are just that in more, with a lightweight linen fabrication and elastic waistband for ultimate comfort. These also have functional pockets, which make them the perfect summertime “throw on and go” pant. We love the idea of taking them from brunch to beach by layering them over a cute one piece swimsuit and wearing them with a pair of elegant sandals.

These culottes are available at thereformation.com.


PHOTO: COURTESY URBAN OUTFITTERS

PHOTO: COURTESY URBAN OUTFITTERS

UO Plaid Belted Culotte Pant

$69 at time of publication

If they’re not already part of your wardrobe rotation, wide leg pants might sound scary and overwhelming. Won’t they swallow me up, you may ask? Our answer is no, not with the right fit they won’t! This pair from Urban Outfitters not only has a flattering nipped waist, but the belt will help to define it even more. For a sharp look that’s masculine inspired, try wearing this pair with a blazer in a coordinating color, like this one in burnt red that complements the yellow stripe in the plaid.

These culottes are available at urbanoutfitters.com.


 
PHOTO: COURTESY EXPRESS

PHOTO: COURTESY EXPRESS

 

Express High Waisted Side Stripe Culottes

$70 at time of publication

Channel your inner track star with these athletic-inspired culottes from Express. Living at the intersection of sporty and chic, this pair is for the ultimate style chameleon. Wear them during the say with a cute pair of sneakers, or dress them up at night with some sleek high heels. And don’t be afraid to play with color and silhouettes, too. A perfectly fine but rather obvious option to wear with these is a classic white tee, but try a fitted top in a bright red if you’re up for a style adventure.

These culottes are available at express.com.


 
PHOTO: COURTESY TARGET

PHOTO: COURTESY TARGET

 

Prologue Wide Leg Crop Pants

$30 at time of publication

Don’t be afraid to swap out your chinos for culottes and wear them to work. This pair from Target’s in-house brand Prologue are made from a similar twill but in a more elevated color. Treat them as you would your favorite work pants, and don’t be afraid to play with volume on top. We love the way these are styled with a puff sleeve blouse and round-toe mules. These little touches of femininity keep the silhouette feeling modern.

These culottes are available at target.com.


 
PHOTO: COURTESY CUYANA

PHOTO: COURTESY CUYANA

 

Cuyana French Terry Wide Leg Pants

$95 at time of publication

Try wearing your culottes like sweatpants, if you so dare. This pair from Cuyana, made of the softest french terry, is perfect to throw over top of leggings for when you’re in transit to and from barre class. Lean into the ballerina-off-duty look and pair them with a cropped sweatshirt. Together, because they’re the same color and fabric, look more intentional than any old sweatpants or shirt you may throw on when you’re running errands.

These culottes are available at cuyana.com.


 
PHOTO: COURTESy FRANK & OAK

PHOTO: COURTESy FRANK & OAK

 

Frank & Oak Wide Leg Corduroy Pants

$80 at time of publication

If you were a child of the nineties then you’re sure to remember when corduroy had its heyday. This writer recalls owning a pair in both pastel green and peach, complete with an elastic around the ankles. This pair is decidedly more grown up due to its modern culotte cut. The soft teal shade feels fresh and corduroy fabric is great at holding its shape.

These culottes are available at frankandoak.com.


 
PHOTO: COURTESY EXPRESS

PHOTO: COURTESY EXPRESS

 

Express High Waisted Windowpane Culottes

$40 at time of publication

Have fun with your pants. This windowpane plaid print from Express is both modern and classic at the same time, while the thin lines and graphic print are universally flattering. The combination of vertical and horizontal stripes are also a great complement to the culottes’ wide-leg shape. Go for the win with an all-over print and pair these culottes with a matching windowpane plaid blazer. If less print is more your thing, these also match with just about any color, so try wearing them with a silky blouse in a bright hue.

These culottes are available at express.com.


PHOTO: COURTESY URBAN OUTFITTERS

PHOTO: COURTESY URBAN OUTFITTERS

BDG Leon Belted Chambray Wide Leg Pants

$69 at time of publication

If you love jeans, but want the comfort of a culotte pant, this pair is for you. They come in a lightweight chambray that looks just like denim but has a softer and more fluid feel. Check out the classic tailoring details at the waist, too, like the wide belt and pleats, that give this pair of culottes a pulled-together and sophisticated look. For daytime, we would tap into the culottes’ easy roots and wear them with a cool graphic tee. Take these culottes out at night by pairing them with a cheeky one-shoulder top and trendy strappy heels.


These culottes are available at urbanoutfitters.com.

 

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