Culottes: From the catwalk to the street

Meet your new favourite trouser shape for autumn/winter: culottes. Once worn by the brownie girls, a combination of inspirational street style and high-end designs have elevated culottes to fashion stardom. They’re now an ‘it’ item that everyone should own. Don’t be afraid of the unique shape, culottes are a versatile and wearable item that will enhance your new season wardrobe.

Allegedly the first feminist item, they were first invented in the nineteenth century as a way for women to astride a horse. The item provided practicality for the modern woman yet the femininity of the skirt remained- we can see the appeal already.  As a child, wearing them to brownies was the most fun and practical option, they were great then and they’re even better now as a grown up style.

catwalk Culottes trend

The culottes have been rising to fame since they appeared on the spring/summer 14 runways. Since then, an abundance of culottes in all its guises has strutted down the catwalk.  With the relaxed tailoring trend prominent this season, culottes have become the hero piece with their easy-to-wear, effortless appeal. Stiff suits and the nightmares of 80s work wear are a thing of the past, fashion now is all about versatile pieces that can be worn day-to-night and are so comfortable you won’t want to take them off.

street Culottes trend

The fashionistas of today have made the most of this comfortable cool item and the culottes are regularly seen on the street style scene. From Victoria Beckham sporting the silhouette in true ‘posh spice’ style with pointed stilettos and monochrome, to Vogue’s Martha Ward coveting a bright pink pair with a cute polka dot shirt, everyone worth there front row seat loves the new trouser shape. If the editors and street-style bloggers are anything to go by it looks like the skirt may have had its day, this season culottes take prime position.

wearAlthough culottes are sported by all the fashion elite in such an impeccable way, something still seems to scare people off. But it shouldn’t, because whether you are tall, petite or curvy there is a culotte shape out there, waiting for you to slip your pins into. The style variation means that it’s universally flattering as well as stylish and fashion forward. If you’re still not convinced, take a look at some of our culottes style secrets for the ultimate fashion forward look wearing culottes.

Culottes trend

Think of it as a skirt: The word ‘culottes’ hails from France and literally means an item that hangs like a skirt but splits like a trouser. It’s the exact shape of that familiar fashion ally, the A-line skirt, only it has a middle seam to stop you flashing your knickers in the winter breeze.

It’s all about the shoes: Make the most of being able to showcase your shoes and go for your most exotic, colourful heels or for an individual take, nod to the sharp suited tailoring trend with a mannish brogue.

They’re not just for summer: The diversity of culottes make them a wearable option whatever the season. This winter, wear yours with over the knee boots for the illusion of long, model esque legs.

Play it safe: Playing it safe is in; the new normcore trend identifies black jeans and white tees as fashion forward items. Wear your culottes in a classic black hue with a combination of neutral colours- think blue shirting, crisp white and camel for an elegant yet cool look.


Want to know the best bit? We have a wearable selection of culottes ready and waiting to become your winter wardrobe heroes and they won’t cost you the earth.

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