6 Ways to Wear Culottes

6 Ways to Wear Culottes

Today I am showing you 6 ways to wear culottes. Having recently added a pair of black culottes to my wardrobe, I thought I would take the time to style them in several different ways. I have loved culottes since I was a teenager and will never forget my Kelly green linen culotte suit my mother bought me when I was 12-years-old. I am thrilled they are back in style!

My culottes* are not the tailored style you often see. And while I do like the tailored look, these flowy culottes from Stella Carakasi, made of rayon and touch of spandex, are better suited to my style and my wardrobe. And they are unbelievably comfortable!

#1 Layer and Cinch

My first outfit includes one of my all-time favorite Stella Carakasi pieces. This Take Note Vest in Fern is made of boiled wool and can be worn a variety of ways. I wore it over a Covered Perfectly Long Sleeved Simple Comfort top and belted the vest with a leather wrap belt by ADA Collection.

I felt like I needed a hat with such a wide lapel so I added my favorite black hat from Montecristi Panama Hats of Napa Valley. And for shoes, I chose my water-resistant Aquatalia booties that I bought in Seattle last fall when my luggage was lost. These booties were quite expensive but worth every penny, especially with the frequent rain we’ve been having.

I think a pair of tall boots with a heel would look great with this outfit and better for a chilly day. Instead of a long vest, you could wear a shawl or wrap and cinch it with a belt.


#2 Add a Jacket in a Contrasting Color  

For my second look, I added a jacket by Kut from the Kloth. This vegan leather jacket has both gray and taupe shades. I love the lapels and it has nice long sleeves. I accessorized with a beaded Kay and Star necklace that has a geode and gray leather tassel.

I think it’s important to find a jacket that hits somewhere near the waist. Lower that that would look too boxy, at least on me.


#3 Wear with a Poncho 

Here I wore a cable knit patterned cashmere blend poncho from Mason Street Designs with a bamboo tank top underneath and another Kay and Star necklace to break up the look.


These suede pumps from Sole Society make the outfit dressy enough for a dinner date or party look. I love the flirty ankle ties and that the heels on these shoes are less than 3 inches high.


#Sport Them Up! 

Culottes certainly don’t have to be worn dressed up. For a sporty and casual look I added a blue boatneck tee and a water-resistant moto jacket from Stella Carakasi with a long silver necklace from Vince Camuto. These faux leather slip-ons from Toms are the most comfortable shoes I own next to my slippers. This outfit is great for running errands or meeting a friend for coffee.

I would also wear these culottes with a denim jacket, tee or tank top and sneakers.


#5 Wear a Statement Sweater

For a super easy way to wear culottes in cool weather, add sweater that makes a statement. I wore this sweater in last fall’s fashion show at Stella Carakasi and fell in love with it. It has become my go-to sweater of the season and works with skirts, jeans and ponte pants too. I love the diagonal ruching, the band of black knit fabric along the bottom of the sweater and the uneven hemline. This sweater has enough going on that I don’t need a single accessory to feel put together.


#6 Add Feminine Touches

Give your culottes a feminine look by wearing one of this season’s biggest trend, ruffles! I fell in love with this Banana Republic Ruffle Front Blouse in New Vineyard not only for the color but the ruffle that runs from wrist to wrist and across the chest and the silky fabric.

I wore the blouse with wine colored suede shoes by Ivanka Trump that I bought a few seasons back. I plan on wearing this outfit out to dinner during an upcoming getaway with my husband.

With the ruffle across the chest, I skipped the necklace and added a tassel bracelet and diamond stud earrings.

A draped blouse in a silky fabric would also look great with these culottes, just add some heels and a necklace if the top calls for it, and you’re ready to hit the town!


Do you wear culottes? If so, how do you wear yours?

Do you prefer a tailored culotte or something less structured?


I’m linking up with Shoe and Tell, Visible Monday and #iwillwearwhatilike today.

Make it a rich day!



* The culottes I am wearing are not available online at this time. Contact Stella Carakasi directly at 510.525.1100 or email them using the form in this link.

Disclosure: The Stella Carakasi pieces were given to me. All opinions expressed here are my own, as always.


  1. January 11, 2016 / 9:48 am

    What a fun post! I haven’t worn culottes in a very long time!! I love the way you dressed them up and down with heels and sneakers. I think they would be cute with a white t-shirt, chunky necklace, and a blue jean jacket as well…..love my blue jean jackets! You pull them off very well with your height, but I think at 5’4″ I might not look the same. I will definitely have to give them a try though because I love comfort and style together and these might be right up my alley. Have a wonderful week! xo

  2. January 11, 2016 / 10:16 am

    You can so pull off this look, love it, Not sure my legs would look as great as yours.I think layer and clutch are my fav and then the poncho.
    I have a Thursday Link up ( still live) and would love to have you pop over for a visit.

  3. January 11, 2016 / 10:40 am

    These flowy culottes are the best! Like a skirt but with more personality. You look fab in every version – thanks for sharing, xo


  4. Margaret
    January 11, 2016 / 11:00 am

    I had mine shortened to a few inches under the knee, as the longer length was a tad overwhelming. My fave look is with a crisp white shirt, a grey leopard print ascot tied scarf, and tall black riding boots. My other fave is with an ivory cable knit turtle neck sweater, also with tall boots. Love your poncho look, may need to try that soon!

  5. January 11, 2016 / 11:05 am

    I remember so well when cullottes were in style when I was younger. I loved them then and I love them now. You look fabulous in each outfit. You have put together such fun and fashionable ways to wear them. I am sure we are going to be seeing them on everyone through the coming seasons. Isn’t is so much fun to see styles come back around only from a new vantage point in life? Have a great week! Peace! Cheryl

  6. January 11, 2016 / 6:38 pm

    I love how you styled the culottes, nice styling! Those suede heels are so cute.. have flats that look similar with the tie ups…..love your blog!

    Fashion and travel

  7. January 11, 2016 / 8:44 pm

    Ok, I know this post is about your pants but those tops are EVERYTHING!!! I especially love the wool vest. Ahhhh, perfection!! Love it, love it, love it. I may have to profile vests on my blog soon! Keep up the great work!

  8. January 12, 2016 / 3:14 am

    Great ideas ! I love how you styled the culottes, you’re so stylish!

  9. kathy leeds
    January 12, 2016 / 7:15 am

    Culottes are not my favorite, but you’ve managed to make them look fun and stylish in all of the outfits.

  10. Debra Devincenzi
    January 13, 2016 / 5:54 am

    Love this!

  11. January 17, 2016 / 8:42 am

    Such great looks Adrienne. You make me want to go out and get a pair of black ones. I have a pair of cream and wear them all the time in the warmer months. I think my favorite look is the one with the grey jacket – very chic! Thank you for linking up with SHOE AND TELL!


  12. January 20, 2016 / 3:06 am

    I love look #3. The shoes are divine! I’d love you to add this post to my weekly link up which has just one live. My readers would love it!


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