Fashionable ladies’ pants – culottes

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Since you are our regular reader (or hopefully will become one soon, if this is your first visit) you love to be in the know of what’s hot and what’s not in fashion. This means you have noticed that most of the fashion magazines have, for several seasons, been bringing a rather arguable item to our attention – culottes. If you haven’t watched Game of Thrones heard of culottes, let us explain. These are wide pants, we would even say wide capris that used to be cropped pants, but now have become closer to skirt-pants (the latter usually have wider pants). Nuf’ explaining, these almost pants, almost capris, almost skirts – culottes – seem to be all the rave in the spring/summer season of 2016.

Two models, one featuring Trina Turk fashionable lavender culottes, the other model is wearing blue Nicole Miller culottes fashionable in 2016

Trina Turk, Nicole Miller

Two models on the left are wearing Misha Nonoo red and white culottes, the model on the right is featuring fashionable pants, culottes by Dsquared2

Misha Nonoo, Dsquared2

The paradox here is, that despite the crazy efforts marketers, designers and fashion media put into this, we still haven’t caught this culottes fashion fever. Our gut feeling on this subject is also ominously silent (and we tend to trust it like Khaleesi trusts her dragons) we can boldly state that almost pants are almost a trend, but not quite there yet. You will understand then why it took us so long to finish this post, as we had to sidestep one of the FashionWomanMedia principles of covering only what is hot and trendy. Nevertheless, here is our review and ideas of how best to style your looks if you do decide to go with culottes. It is quite possible, that in summer 2017 we’ll be singing an entirely different tune, but you know, us girls can always change our minds 😉

In the left photo the model is wearing pink Madewell culottes, on the right the model is in yellow Monique Lhuillier culottes fashionable in 2016

Madewell, Monique Lhuillier

On y vas! If you are an absolute believer that culottes are the fashion trend of the season, follow these simple rules when choosing a pair:

1) Culottes are not elongated shorts, therefore, the length of the pant should be much below the knee, ideally down to the mid-calf or lower.

2) Culottes are almost skirt-pants, the emphasis is on the word “skirt”. The silhouette you should be looking for should be flared, even close to bell-shaped with a well-defined form. One step towards shapeless pants and you are wearing something weird out of the 90s and can bravely claim hashtag #fail!

3) Colors are absolutely of no difference, the only thing that matters is façon (see points 1 and 2)

Now, let’s turn to the best of culottes from the latest designer collections. Quick disclaimer here, all of the models went through a very strict jury and 70-80% didn’t make it to our review for the simple reasons: not everything that is culottes is fashionable.

The models are wearing yellow and black culottes from Rosie Assoulin collection 2016 with cut out flowers

Rosie Assoulin

Fashion looks by Fendi, Piazza Sempione, models are wearing black and pink culottes

Fendi , Piazza Sempione

Models are featuring fashionable pants, green culottes by Trina Turk and grey pants by Nomia

Trina Turk, Nomia

Models wearing black culottes by Joseph and by Narciso Rodriguez

Joseph , Narciso Rodriguez

Two models wearing culottes, blue by Piazza Sempione and beige by Veronica Beard, 2016 designer collection

Piazza Sempione, Veronica Beard

Fashion 2016, culottes by Whistles, Nicole Miller

Whistles, Nicole Miller

Fashionable culottes by Rodebjer and Acne Studios

Rodebjer, Acne Studios

Image on the right features model in black crocodile leather culottes by Whistles, in the image on the left the model is wearing culottes by Alberta Ferretti

Whistles, Alberta Ferretti

Spring summer 2016 culottes by Tess Giberson and Les Copains

Tess Giberson, Les Copains

Gorgeous fashionable culottes by fashion designers Rodebjer and Tibi

Rodebjer, Tibi

Designer collections 2016 by Rebecca Minkoff and Temperley London featuring culottes

Rebecca Minkoff, Temperley London

Models featuring fashionable culottes by Piazza Sempione and Kate Spade

Piazza Sempione, Kate Spade

Gorgeous culottes by Brunello Cucinelli in grey and white linen

Brunello Cucinelli

Designer culottes by Brunello Cucinelli and Donna Karan

Brunello Cucinelli, Donna Karan

The models are featuring black and white culottes by Josie Natori

Josie Natori

We highly (categorically, truly, really… You get the point!) do not recommend the length above the mid calf!

Culottes by Tome are featured on the models on the right, model on the left is wearing culottes from Tibi designer collection

Tome, Tibi

If you are really stubborn and decide to go for such shorts, stick to the rule nr. 2 above.

Models are wearing flower print culottes by Carolina Herrera

Carolina Herrera

SKIRT-PANTS are very closely related to culottes simply because both are pants and both are wide. Below are some of the models we chose for you, simply because you can’t have enough of beauty in your wardrobe!

Fashionable culottes by ADEAM and Temperley of London

ADEAM , Temperley London

Culottes by Milly, resort collection 2016


Model wearing Georgio Armani culottes, 2016

Giorgio Armani

Model is wearing white culottes by Ralph Lauren and on the right, the model is in pink skirt-pants by Roland Mouret

Ralph Lauren, Roland Mouret

Stylish culottes worn by the models at Giorgio Armani and Giulietta runway

Giorgio Armani, Giulietta

Models wearing black culottes by Dennis Basso and by Public School

Dennis Basso, Public School

Once again we come to the conclusion that sometimes it’s worth breaking your own rules and strict principles, if only to confirm that you should NEVER break them!

Therefore, in the second part of this review (coming soon), we’ll be in complete harmony with our fashion sense and intuition and will tell you about the real fashion trend of this season – ultra maxi pants (the real deal!)

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