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3 Tips on How to Wear Culottes to Work

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Culottes is one of those trends that I’ve never been a huge fan of until this summer. The main reason was I felt I could never pull them off properly on my petite frame. But after finding this white pair at & Other Stories which don’t overwhelm my frame, culottes have become a staple in my closet and I’ve discovered they are actually quite versatile. Before I quit my job, one of my go-to pieces for the office was culottes. They are perfect for a summer work outfit as they are dressy enough without being stuffy. Read on for my 3 easy tips on how to wear culottes to work!

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Tip 1: Pair it with a button-up shirt. This is a great way to immediately make culottes appropriate for work. I like a button-up shirt because the crispness of the shirt goes well with the clean lines of the culottes. I chose a sleeveless version from Everlane for a summer look, but this outfit could also with a short-sleeve or long-sleeve shirt. The key is to choose a shirt with structure to complement the shape of the culottes.

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Tip 3: Add a third piece for layering. I’m sure you guys have heard of the rule of the “third piece” as the key to looking fashionable, and it definitely applies here! I chose a light vest to compliment the sleeveless blouse, but this look would also work with a sharp blazer for a formal meeting or a slouchy kimono for more casual work settings. The third piece adds an element of surprise and sophistication, and I know we all want to look sophisticated at work.

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For my accessories, I chose more feminine pieces to balance the minimalist top and pants. I completed the look with a statement necklace and my Kate Spade bag. If you’re curious on how to wear culottes for a more casual look, you can see my posts here and here.

I hope I’ve made wearing culottes easier for you! If you’ve skimmed this post, I’ve recapped the three tips below:

Tip 1: Pair it with a button-up shirt.
Tip 2: Balance the proportions with heels.
Tip 3: Add a third piece for layering.

What I’m Wearing:
Top: Everlane (here, on sale!)
Pants: & Other Stories (similar here)
Vest: Vintage 
Shoes: Dries Van Noten (similar here)
Bag: Kate Spade (similar here)
Necklace: H&M (similar here)

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29 comments so far.

29 responses to “3 Tips on How to Wear Culottes to Work”

  1. Thea says:

    You look great, thanks for the tips!

  2. Olivia says:

    Gorgeous! Culottes is a piece I’ve been super hesitant as well but this post makes me want to just bite the bullet and try it out! Thanks for the inspiration xo

    Olivia |

  3. Frischy says:

    You look lovely! I really like this outfit. I confess I haven’t worn culottes since I was a kid. Maybe it is time to rethink that!

  4. Karen Grosz says:

    That is an adorable outfit. Cute but professional. You definitely pulled it off. #BloggerSocialMediaSupport

  5. I love these culottes and I love your tips!! I am not to tall either so have been intimidated by the culottes but you look AMAZING in these. I think you just inspired me to pull the trigger!!


    • says:

      thanks so much for your sweet comment Tiffani! I’m so glad I’ve inspired you to try them!

  6. candy says:

    I love culottes! It was a bit tricky for me at first, but once I got some tips it was easier to style. I love the way you styled your white culottes. They are so stylish!

    • says:

      thank you so much! culottes are tricky but it’s just about trying different things!

  7. January Hart says:

    These look so perfect on your petite frame! Love!! And that necklace is amazing! I need it!


  8. Nellwyn says:

    Such a great outfit! I’ve been struggling with how to wear the culotte trend because I’m taller than average but you’ve given me some great ideas!

    • says:

      thanks Nellwyn! I have the opposite problem because I’m so short, so culottes tend to make me look stumpy. I’m glad you found the tips helpful!

  9. These pants are amazinggggg! Hugs, Kait

  10. Maria says:

    I love culottes and love how you styled them!! And those shoes I’m obsessed with, you look great girl!

    • says:

      thanks Maria! the shoes are Dries Van Noten but I scored them for more than half off during a Opening Ceremony sale!

  11. Gorgeous outfit, I love all the detail!
    Sarah Lindner​

  12. I always love the way culottes look on other people, but I have no idea how to style them for myself. Thank you for these tips 🙂

  13. Katie says:

    I wish I could pull of culottes! You look great!

    Katie | Katie Like Me

  14. Sondra Barker says:

    I know this is about the culottes, but I’m just so obsessed with the necklace! Gorgeous!

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  16. Gorgeous shoes and necklace!

  17. Anna says:

    you look really great in this outfit!


  18. ¡¡Gracias, gracias por la recomendación!!
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