You heard right, culottes are back. But before you get nightmares of slouchy gouchos returning, hear us out.
Originally developed in the Victorian Era so women could ride horseback in a man's saddle, culotte pants were later introduced to the fashion world by Cristòbal Balenciaga in 1941. Their purpose has always been simply to give the appearance of a skirt while wearing pants, allowing a woman to maintain a feminine silhoutte while doing outdoor activities like gardening or bike riding. Pretty genius, right? With that in mind, there's no reason to fear the return of these innovative trousers. Dramatic as they are, we assure you that anyone can make them look great.
Here are our three best tips for donning a pair of culottes this spring:
1. Wear Heels: Contrary to what you might think, it is possible to look elegant in a pair of wide-leg cropped pants. Heels help even the short-legged wear this style without looking like you're drowing in fabric. A pin-thin heel will dress them up while a stacked heel will create a fashion-forward, funky mix.
2. Don't lose your waist: We always stick by the rules of balance when it comes to pairing tops and bottoms. This tricky pants style is no different. Because they are so wide and swingy, maintain your feminine figure by pairing culottes with a fitted shirt, knit or crop top.