One Cropped Wide Leg Pant (or Culottes), Five Ways

It’s been quite a while since I did one of these “five-ways” posts.  Truth of the matter is, posts like these are much more time-consuming than the regular one-outfit posts, but I thought I would put some effort into making one since I’ve been thinking about it for some time now. Having said that, however, I’m going to cheat and use some old outfit posts for these cropped wide leg pants, or alternatively, culottes.

From last spring, an easy, work-appropriate outfit:

DRESSED ACCORDINGLY BLOG // Cropped wide Leg pants or culottes 5 waysDRESSED ACCORDINGLY BLOG // Cropped wide Leg pants or culottes 5 waysAnn Taylor Cropped Wide Leg Pants (drapey version or try these from J.Crew) / Club Monaco Lindy Trench (currently on sale!) / Ann Taylor Pumps / 3.1 Phillip Lim Pashli Large Satchel / Ann Taylor Factory Top

Last month’s post with sleeveless sweater tunic and obi belt:

DRESSED ACCORDINGLY BLOG / Belted Tunic Sweater + Cropped Wide Leg PantsDRESSED ACCORDINGLY BLOG / Belted Tunic Sweater + Cropped Wide Leg PantsWilfred Durandal Sweater (similar by AT) / LAUREN by Ralph Lauren Pumps / 3.1 Phillip Lim Large Pashli Satchel / Leather Obi Belt from eBay (similar in suede by AT) / J.Crew Tunic Shirt (similar by AT) / WoodWatch by Jord / Banana Republic Leather Wrap Bracelet

With a cropped top and a statement necklace for a “going-out” or party look:

DRESSED ACCORDINGLY BLOG // Cropped wide Leg pants or culottes 5 waysDRESSED ACCORDINGLY BLOG // Cropped wide Leg pants or culottes 5 ways Wilfred Free Georgia Top (lots of colors!) / Statement Necklace from Etsy / Forever21 Rings / Aldo Clutch / LAUREN by Ralph Lauren Adena Pumps 

Styled with a chunky sweater and suede D&G booties I snagged years ago at TJM, which don’t nearly get enough wear:

DRESSED ACCORDINGLY BLOG // How to wear culottesDRESSED ACCORDINGLY BLOG // How to wear culottesBabaton Nicolas Turtleneck / 3.1 Phillip Lim 31 Minute Clutch / D&G Suede Booties / Banana Republic Gray Long Peacoat / Forever21 Rings

And finally worn casually, with a relaxed sweater and slipper loafers:

DRESSED ACCORDINGLY BLOG // How to wear culottesDRESSED ACCORDINGLY BLOG // How to wear culottesTheory Cashmere Sweater (similar from J.Crew) / Vince Bogart Loafers (on sale!) / Woodwatch by JORD / Forever21 Rings /  Dogeared Necklace (similar) / Forever21 Rings / Club Monaco Striped Tee (similar) / Madewell Bucket Bag

The round-up:

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Culottes, or not

Something was bothering me the other day. I could not figure out what the difference was between culottes, gauchos, and a cropped wide leg pant–if there was any difference at all. It seemed to me that the terms were being used interchangeably all over the interwebs. Being the nerd that I am, I decided to do some research of my own.  And after a little digging, I discovered that technically, culottes are a cropped wide leg pant that is flowy and drapes like a skirt. The two should actually be almost indistinguishable when worn (and just standing still). Gauchos on the other hand are a cropped wide leg pant that stops below the knee with a bit more structure. And finally, cropped wide leg pants is the catch-all for pretty much wide leg pants including those that do not fall into the culotte/gaucho category. I am probably the only person that really cares about the technical difference, but I thought I’d share. 🙂

I’ve mentioned culottes/cropped wide leg pants quite a few times in my column over at Forbes Style File, but I never thought I would actually purchase a pair for myself. I mean, a cropped, wide-leg pant on a petite? A disaster just potentially waiting to happen. But when I saw these petite crops at Ann Taylor on sale, I thought it was worth a go. I fully expected to return them, but  I was pleasantly surprised! They do have somewhat of a leg-shortening effect (although my strappy shoes probably don’t help the matter), but they are just so chic, I’m willing to overlook this.

DRESSED ACCORDINGLY // Culottes DRESSED ACCORDINGLY // Culottes

CulottesClub Monaco Lindy Trench (similar) / Ann Taylor Factory Tank / Ann Taylor Cropped Wide Leg Pants/ Ann Taylor Evelyn Double Strap D’Orsay Shoes / 3.1 Phillip Lim Pashli Satchel / Forever21 Rings / Essie Marshmallow Nail Polish

The trick for a proportional look? Treat culottes or a cropped wide leg pant as if it was a midi-skirt. The most flattering place to hit is above or below the widest point of the calves. Add a heel to elongate the leg and it makes for a beautiful silhouette.

I am wearing 00P in these cropped pants. Some very small-waisted petites may find these a bit large, but since I am more ruler-shaped, I found these just fine.  The waist measures 27.5 inches lying flat. The crepe fabric is quite heavy and made of 94% polyester and 6% spandex. According to the label, it is machine-washable! Also, another thing to note, there is a single pleat in the front of the pant, which I think helps give it a beautifully tailored tapered look, but some ladies may not be a fan and might prefer something with more of a straight leg or culotte. They are on sale for $69.99 and AT is currently having an extra 40% off online with code GOSPRING, bringing the price down to approximately $42. It comes in navy blue and black in petite and regular sizing.

I’m totally digging the Ann Taylor Evelyn Double Strap D’Orsay shoes, as well. I’ve really been needing an alternative to my classic black pumps that you’ve seen in a majority of my posts over the last few years, but finding a good shoe fit for my fussy feet is no easy task. The double strap is perfect to hold down my feet and the pointy-toe gives the shoe a bit of edge while still remaining work-appropriate. For any one interested, take your regular shoe size. These shoes are also currently on sale for $134.99 plus an extra 40% off online bringing the price down to approximately $81.

What do you think of the culotte/cropped wide-leg pant trend? Will you be taking part?

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