Culottes Six Ways

Culottes are huge this summer again. They’ve been having a bit of a fashion moment for the last few seasons, but this spring summer will be their time to shine. They’re stylish, on-trend, and comfy – what’s not to love!

Maybe you’ve avoided them because you’re not sure how to wear them? Well, worry no more, we’re here to help, with culottes six ways.

We’ve styled a gorgeous green pair of lightweight poly-crepe culottes from JOY, £35, at  six different ways, for occasions, and everyday.

1.NIGHT OUT

Let’s start with a night out in the first of our culottes six ways. Team your culottes with a sexy cami top like this one from H&M (£3.99 bargain!). We’ve added a sequinned bolero (£25, BHS) for a bit of bling, and a striped sequinned/beaded bag (£19.99, New Look). Black strappy sandals (£49.99, H&M) complete the look and add an edge to the softness.

culottes six ways night out

 

2. LUNCH DATE

Next up for culottes six ways, is a daytime look. Keep your look chic and sophisticated for a lunch date. Add grey to contrast the green – a roll neck sweater is perfect (£12, BHS). White Stuff’s grey sandals (£59.95) look fab with or without tights. Add a Lavish Alice @ JOY cape jacket (£54), a cross body bag (£39.95, White Stuff), and a cute pair of earrings (£12.50, White Stuff), and you’re ready.

culottes six ways lunch date

 

3. COLOUR BLOCK

With these green culottes, you have the perfect opportunity to go bold with some colour blocking. Add a cold shoulder blue top from New Look (£17.99), a bright orange clutch from Star by Julien Macdonald @ Debenhams, and some bright yellow shoes (£17.99, New Look). Oh, and a little green bracelet (£15, White Stuff) with coloured tassel detail for an extra bit of fun!

Culottes six ways colour block

4. WEDDING

You can wear culottes to a wedding, and, if styled well, they’ll go from chic to bang on-trend from ceremony to reception! Start with a cute striped crop off-shoulder top (£17.99, New Look), add an embellished longline jacket (£49.99, H&M), with golds and blues and greens. Keep the colour palette with navy shoes (£30) and fascinator (£tbc), both BHS, and a contrasting pale blue soft suede clutch (£29.99, H&M). At night, whip off the hat and the jacket, and hit the dance floor!

culottes six ways wedding style

5. STREET STYLE

Culottes are ‘on fleek’ with this look, LOL! In all seriousness, we love this dressed down casual style. Add a body suit (£12.99, New Look) to your culottes, some Adidas court vantage trainers (£50, Schuh), and a white backpack (£24.99, H&M). Then ramp up the look with a cute cap (£7.99, H&M) and on-trend bomber jacket (£34.99, New Look).

culottes six ways street style

 

6. 1970s STYLE

Last, but definitely not least, the decade of the culotte. Wear these trousers with the look from their heyday for extra style points. So easy, and effortlessly cool (and comfortable!). Add a smock top (£75, French Connection), a floppy felt hat (£19.99, H&M), some wedge sandals (£45, Schuh) and a fringed saddle bag (£19.99, H&M) and you’re ready for the 1970s!

1970s style culottes six ways

Alternative Denim

Denim doesn’t just mean jeans. This season in particular, alternative denim choices are everywhere. Trust us, you will love this new take on an age-old style. Alternative denim means two things – alternative denim fabrics, and alternative styles.

So, from lightweight denim-a-likes, to denim shoes, there is something in this trend for everyone. And no jeans here!

Instead of jeans, try a denim dress. There are so many styles available, and so many different types of denim fabric, some with added stretch, some with a jersey feel, and others that are more traditional. Denim shift or shirt dresses in dark fabrics are even work-friendly for some, right?

alternative denim dressesClockwise, from top left: Denim stretch modal shift, £85, French Connection, V-neck denim dress, £40, Principles by Ben De Lisi @ Debenhams, denim dungaree dress, £29.99, H&M, tie waist light denim style dress, £45, Principles by Ben De Lisi @ Debenhams, shirt dress, £44.95, GAP, jersey denim style, £59.95, White Stuff, Tencel dress, £44.95, GAP

Denim in trouser-form needn’t mean jeans. A big trouser shape for this season is the culotte – but longer, and not quite as wide as some culottes. New Look’s denim culottes (£24.99) have a faded, tiered hem, which we love, and are perfect, as styled here with a simple white top. Or maybe their blue culotte style trousers (£22.99), which look like denim, right? New Look’s pale pinstripe high waisted denim hotpants (£17.99) are 1970s-tastic, agreed? If you have the legs for them, get them on! Finally, we love GAP’s loose, slouchy, denim dungarees (£54.95).

Alternative denim bottomsDenim in top form is probably the one look in alternative denim that can be difficult to wear. Do we do double-denim?If not, what do you wear your denim top with? Faux leather we say! And yes, yes, yes, this year to double, and even triple, denim!

alternative denim topsClockwise, from top left: Frayed hem denim top, £40, French Connection, crop denim top, £14.99, H&M, denim shirt, £17.99, New Look, stripe top, £17.99, denim style cami, £20, H! by Henry Holland @ Debenhams, faded denim top, £17.99, New Look

Replace a regular denim jacket with something a bit more tailored (and not strictly denim!). White Stuff’s blue collarless jacket (£75) has a denim feel, New Look’s kimono wrap style jacket (£22.99) would look great with dark denim culottes, and H&M’s stonewash and darkwash trim jacket (£34.99) is an quirky take on the regular.

alternative denim jacketsFor summer, your alternative denim wardrobe needs to include a dungaree pinafore dress (£44.95, GAP), okay? Or a really pale, gorgeous denim strappy dress like this one from New Look (£27.99).

alternative denim pinaforesDenim skirts can be 1970s or 1980s inspired. If it’s the 1970s look you are after, then go for A-line, maxi or midi. If it’s the 1980s you are channelling, then try a pencil skirt.

alternative denim skirtsClockwise, from left: A-line split maxi skirt, £22.99, New Look, dark denim midi skirt, £20, BHS, lightwash denim pencil skirt, £20, BHS, pocket front denim skirt, £30, JOY, short dark denim pencil skirt, £45, White Stuff

Finally, be a little quirky with your alternative denim style, and get some denim on your feet! We LOVE these denim Kickers, to celebrate the brand’s 40th anniversary. (£85, Schuh).

alternative denim shoesDenim espadrilles (£9.99, New Look) make so much summer sense, and GAP’s denim ankle tie ballerina flats (£24.95) are so pretty.