5 WAYS TO WEAR: CULOTTES

Because taking on summer's hottest trouser trend doesn’t have to be tricky…

SUMMER'S 'IT' TROUSER

Culottes? “Haven’t worn them since school!" “Too tricky to wear!” we hear you cry. Well, it’s time to stop with the protestations and forget what you think you know. We’re not talking about shapeless, oversized trousers. Culottes have come a long way, and this time round, they’re ankle-grazing, leg lengthening, and voluminous in a good way (read: sleek and sculptural) They’re also extremely easy to wear. We promise. Here’s how:

1. WITH A SHIRT

Day or night; smart or casual, tucking a shirt into culottes will instantly banish any ‘but I look shapeless’ worries by - add a belt for extra definition. Go fitted when you need to look more polished, and baggier for a relaxed feel.

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2. WITH TRAINERS

Contrary to popular belief, heels aren’t essential. While we’d advise against hi-top trainers for leg shortening reasons, slip-on skate shoes are the perfect way to dress down your culottes. Hello, new off-duty uniform.

3. WITH A LEATHER BIKER

To balance proportions, cover-ups should sit on or just below the waist, making the classic leather biker jacket the perfect option. Keep the top underneath streamlined like Rosie Fortescue, who paired our knitted vest top with our red snake print culottes for a killer smart/casual combo.

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4. WITH A SUMMER TOP

The cropped length makes culottes an integral part of any summer wardrobe. For the ultimate warm weather outfit, pair them with strapless, Bardot, cold-shoulder or tropical printed tops like blogger Pandora Sykes and TV Presenter Saira Khan. We love how Saira's floral top complements the bright blue hue of our culottes.

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5. WITH POINTED SHOES 

Two words: leg lengthening. Whether flat or heeled, a pointed shoe will elongate your legs, balancing out the voluminous culottes and creating an elegant silhouette. Think classic courts, pointed flatties or add a fierce edge with strappy styles.

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