I took to Instagram last week about this look. I was torn on the length of these culottes. They’re a bit long on my short legs and I feel like they’re in a weird in-between length. I decided to take an inch off (just good ol scissors and a ruler!) and hoping that did the trick. Either way, I still love them at any length I think. They definitely felt a little long for me so hoping an inch was just enough! I do love this style though and I know not everyone is sold on it. Personally, because I can’t wear a relaxed straight jean, this is my favorite trendy denim style of the moment. I don’t know how long it’ll last, but between this denim pair and these white ones you’ve seen me style a few times, I’ve got the look covered.
Hesitant to try the wide leg culotte trend? Don’t be! I think it’s super flattering when done right. And when done right, I mean keep the rest of your outfit fitted and tailored. I’d say that’s my biggest tip to making this style work on any body type. You won’t want to wear this wide-leg crop with a chunky oversized sweater untucked. It’ll look like a mess. Unless your 6 ft tall and a size 00, I’d say keep things fitted.
When wearing wide leg cropped jeans, always keep things fitted and tucked in for a more flattering look.
For the summer, I wore my white ones with a black striped bodysuit and again with a tee. The perfect combination to complement the wider pant. A few years ago I styled my black pair with a simple tee and shrunken denim jacket. May these black ones rest in peace. They stretched out so much within the 15 minutes I wore them they had to be returned. I think I called EVERY single Madewell store to see if anyone had a smaller size. They sold out so fast they were SO good. But oh so stretchy.
My white ones are now tucked away for fall and winter so I’ll be styling these denim ones quite a bit. They’re a great change of pace to my usual skinny jeans and personally feel a little dressier. I loved adding this cozy cashmere crew and my favorite fall sandals for a fun look.
PS these culottes are now on sale and available in nearly every size. I highly recommend trying this style as I think you’d be surprised how much you love them!