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Trends to Try: Culottes

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My trusty computer went to the shop yesterday for an annual cleaning (thanks Apple Care!), which meant that I spent last night doing old fashioned things like browsing magazines, reading (on my Kindle, natch), and looking at photos on Instagam. I then grew tired of these pursuits at 9:30 and went to bed for the night and let me tell you – 9 hours of sleep on a weeknight is amazing! Normally I only get 5-6 hours of sleep per night, so today I feel like a whole new person!

Anyhoo, one of the things that stood out to me when I was browsing People Style Watch is that they declared “long” shorts to be in style again.

“Culottes?” I thought to myself. “Culottes are in again? Awesome. I’ve only been waiting for this day since I was 12.”

I’m pretty sure my entire summer wardrobe as a child consisted of culottes, so I’m pretty excited about this development. I didn’t want to talk People’s word for it, but a quick scan of websites shows that culottes are everywhere!

If you’re sitting there wondering, “what are culottes?” (likely because your tween wardrobe wasn’t as adorkable as mine), culottes are long loose-fitting shorts (or short pants) that resemble a skirt. Unlike the very similar skort, culottes do not usually have a wrap-around flap in front. Culottes can be super flattering, super comfy, and office appropriate as it’s likely that only your most stylish friends will realize you’re wearing long shorts to the office! Why culottes ever went out of style is beyond me.

Labour of Love Culottes

How chic are these Labor of Love Culottes? They look JUST like a skirt, which makes them office appropriate but you’ll be way more comfortable because they’re actually shorts. (Not to be unpleasant but at the very least, one doesn’t need to worry about summer thigh chafing and combative undergarments while wearing culottes!) These leopard print culottes are on sale for $133.92 at

Free People Culottes

These Free People Culottes are perhaps a little too short and casual-looking to be considered office appropriate, but they sure are super cute! They look perfect for summer! These culottes are $78 at Bloomingdale’s.

Floral Woven Culottes

If culottes are something you want to try but you don’t want to invest a bunch of money, Forever21 has a few pairs that are – somewhat surprisingly – office appropriate, like these Floral Woven Culottes that cost just $22.80.

For more affordable culottes, I highly recommend checking out ASOS. Not many of their many styles of culottes are office appropriate, but they are cute and affordable, and they have traditional sizes, maternity, and plus size culottes available!

Here are some of my favorites:

Do Tell: Will you be rocking culottes this summer or is this a trend you’re going to pass on?

More trends to try: metallic sandals and slip on sneakers

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