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How to Put the Cool Back into Culottes

Apparel, Outfit Ideas, What's Trending  /   /  By Sarah Wetmore

Engineered for functionality, flexibility, and style, culottes are about to become your favorite new weekday wardrobe piece. Taking elegant graceful features of a skirt and combining them with the easy comfortable nature of shorts, culottes truly are the best of both sartorial worlds.

This skirt/short hybrid has been around since the Victorian era, when women’s skirts were split to make horseback riding easier. Spring 2015’s version presents like a skirt, but plays like shorts (here’s your chance to get away with wearing shorts to work!). They’re breezy for warm weather and will save you from having an above grate Marilyn Monroe moment.

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Look for that hit below the knee and are as wide as you’re comfortable wearing. Look for pieces by , , Elizabeth and James, , , and Alice + Olivia. Seek out or for a striking monochromatic look this season. Undeniable magic happens when you pair these optical illusions with a and . Having an “athleisure” (athletic + leisure—another hot hybrid) moment? Go sporty like Kendall Jenner, who rocked her white culottes with a blush-colored and .

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Look for culottes that hit below the knee and are as wide as you’re comfortable wearing. Look for pieces by Free People, Rebecca Taylor, Elizabeth and James, Vince, Elie Tahari, and Alice + Olivia. Seek out crisp white or black styles for a striking monochromatic look this season. Undeniable magic happens when you pair these optical illusions with a crop top and ankle strap heels. Having an “athleisure” (athletic + leisure—another hot hybrid) moment? Go sporty like Kendall Jenner, who rocked her white culottes with a blush-colored cropped knit cami and Adidas Stan Smith sneakers.

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