White culottes. Not your typical winter pants, huh? If you’ve been with me for a while you know I’m a fan of wearing summer clothes in the winter. Gotta make that closet werk! Culottes, also know as gaucho pants (don’t act like you didn’t have a pair in 2005) have been making waves in the street style world over the past few seasons, winter included. I picked up these white culottes back in the summer (see them styled with a crop top here) and they fit so seamlessly into my wardrobe. The tailored look is perfect for work, and the high-waist plays nicely with more revealing tops for a night out.
For winter, culottes work best with slimmer silhouettes and rich textures. When I say slimmer silhouettes, I’m referring to both your legwear and your top half. An oversized coat or sweater over culottes is a fine line between ridiculously cool and sloppy. Unless you’re all in with that kind of look, let’s keep it on the runway. I recommend a cozy sweater, tucked in half or all the way into your culottes. This mustard yellow sweater has a shirttail hem, which is perfect for tucking in. I picked up this bad boy at Urban Outfitter after months of deciding whether to pull the trigger or not. Of course after I did, it went on sale about 6 days later. Thanks universe! It’s ok though, I have no regrets because this has easily become my favorite sweater. I’ve been debating picking it up in other colors. If it ain’t broke don’t fix it, right? If sweaters aren’t really your thing, you can kindly leave. JOKES. I would try a slim fitting top with or without a blazer that has a shorter hem.
As for legwear, I think classic tights are a perfect solution to covering the leg you’ll be showing off. I’m a big fan of open-toe heels with tights, but I’ve also seen culottes worn with heeled booties and pointy flats. If you’re feeling bold and sporty, you can also give them a spin with sneakers. This look is definitely one of my favorites of 2016 so far. It’s perfect for work or a dinner date, and a nice alternative to the usual winter uniform of skinny jeans tucked into boots.
What do you think about wearing culottes in the winter?
Shop the look:
Sweater: Urban Outfitters Culottes: Nordstrom (similar) Earrings: BaubleBar Heels: c/o Primark (similar) Sunglasses: Unknown (similar) Clutch: South Moon Under (similar) Tights: Urban Outfitters Lipstick: NYX in Merlot