For the longest time I’ve avoided the culottes, in fact, I think I actually may have hated it at one point. Why? Well, you see, at 5’2″, one would want to maximize the vertical real estate and not limiting it and I feel that the shape and style of culottes are designed to miniaturize petite people and swallow them like a big tent. Since this trend is virtually everywhere and I’ve seen countless bloggers (albeit mostly tall ones) rocking it on their #ootd I thought I’d put aside my discrimination and give it a spin; remember my new year resolution to be more open minded about styles? I want style it in a way that would look good for a petite framed girl like myself and offer my Top 3 styling tips for fellow #shortiesbutcuties.
Tip #1. Unless you are 5’7″ and above, try not to wear the culotte with long top (especially ones that falls below the butt). This leaves very little visual space to the already shortened and widened pants and boxy all around. Look for pieces that draws the attention upwards such as the super on trend Off The Shoulder tops that balances the flowy pant legs, you DO NOT want to look bottom heavy.
Tip #2. In addition to avoiding a longer top, try tucking in the top or wear a cropped top that shows off the cinched waist the culottes offers, it makes your waist look smaller and elongates your legs. What girl doesn’t want her legs to look mile long like a model even if she is only 5 feet? I did this same trick with my flared jeans HERE and HERE to make myself appear taller and longer in frame. An eye-catching crop top such as this Alice and Olivia one I’m wearing tricks the eyeball to think that the legs look extended even though the culottes stops at the ankle.
Tip #3. Try to wear heels instead of flats or trainers. I know that the #athleisure trend is so popular and every outfit seems to go with those hip sneakers, I’ve paired my Adidas Superstars with many feminine outfits seen HERE and HERE, buuuuut when it comes to culottes for petites, the challenge is to not dwarf the image and do the opposite. That is where a pair of killer heel comes in! A good pair of heels will instantly lift you 4-5 inches and that is exactly what we want. Extra styling points if the heels is either strappy or nude; more visual trickery to elongate.
That is all for my petite’s guide on how to rock a pair of culotte pants. I know everyone has different styles and opinions on how to wear the culotte trend and my tips and suggestion above may or may not work with everyone depending on the body type and personal preference. Just because this particular look works for me doesn’t mean that I’m going to stock up on culottes (keeping it real) but at the very least I can say that I am slowly warming up to it now that I have figured out how wearing it and not let the culotte wear me. Have you tried the culotte trend? Did you like the style or put it back on the rack? What do you think of my styling tips? Sound off in the comments so that I can improve in the future. Thanks for reading!
~ xo Sheree
Top : : Alice + Olivia (more from Alice + Olivia or steal THIS similar option for $38)
Culotte : : Zara (option from Express, ASOS or Vince Caumto all under $90)
Heels : : Topshop sold out (current season HERE or current favorite sandal styles from Schutz)
Bag : : Allsaints (also comes in Brown and Grey)
Shades : : Karen Walker Super Duper Strength
Photo: Leticia Prado