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What Do I Wear With This? Culottes

Thursday, January 8, 2015 /

Do you have a great piece in your wardrobe but you never wear it because you’re not sure what to wear with it? You love it, the piece fits perfectly and it’s a great colour so why doesn’t it work?

Often the solution is right in front of you. Sometimes it’s as simple as playing in your wardrobe and experimenting with what you already have. At other times you may need to invest in one or two pieces to make it work . If this is the case think strategically as any pieces that you introduce should go with at least three other items. If you are buying something to save one piece (unless you absolutely love it), it’s probably not worth the investment.

I was very excited to be invited into Jackie’s wardrobe as she has an amazing sense of style that I have admired for quite some time. So it’s a big thank you to Jackie for volunteering her ‘tricky’ piece  – a gorgeous pair of black Witchery culottes. She picked them up from an op shop on a road trip to Armidale a few years ago. Jackie has worn the culottes with a blouse and heels for work (see below) but would love to explore more options to get more wear out of them.

The piece

Witchery 3/4 cuffed culottes in black.

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DSC_1659L-R: Witchery Culottes, Zara Blouse and Mimco Pumps

How do I wear it?

Culottes are a big trend this summer but can be a little tricky to wear. Like the midi skirt, length can be an issue especially when they finish mid calf (frumpy alert!). To ensure a super flattering silhouette always team them with a heel, even a small wedge will do. Culottes are a fantastic shape for Inverted Triangles as they give width to the lower half, creating a gorgeous hourglass shape. They’re also great for Hourglasses and Rectangles too. For Triangles, remember to add a focal point up top to balance the width of the pants, such as a pattern, a lighter/brighter colour or bold accessories.

Options

For Jackie the aim was to create more options and experiment with the pieces that she already has. As with almost all pieces in your wardrobe you should be able to dress them up and down. Jackie already wears the culottes to work  so we looked at more casual options such as tees and denim. Here are the results:

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L-R: Look 1.Grey t-shirt from American Apparel, Black sandals from Joanne Mercer, Rosette from Handmade Market. Look 2. B/W Strip tee from Sportsgirl, Denim jacket  from Levis, Beige sandals from Joanne Mercer, Red flower brooch from Topshop UK. Look 3. White sleeveless blouse from H&M, Red flower necklace from Lovisa, Black sandals from Joanne Mercer, Black Fijian pearl earrings.

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