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How To Wear Culottes For The Petite (How And Where To Shop, How To Style)

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How To Wear Culottes For The Petite

Are you petite, slim, narrow-hipped and having trouble when you need to wear culottes?

Well, since wide legged trousers became a jam, many women out here have been incorporating more and more of them into their closets.

Talk about palazzo pants and talk about culottes!

      Read Also: How To Rock Wide Legs Like A Pro

But frankly speaking, these types of pants come with rules!

I mean, much has to be put into consideration before actually stepping out of the house in these wide legs unlike considering a pair of denim jeans.

Read Also: How to Rock Denim Jeans like A Pro

For the longest time now, the denim jeans have been the type of pants for every single lady out there, fashionista or not.

But since style has no rules, the palazzos and culottes have come up to actually give some healthy competition to this staple pants.

How To Wear Culottes For The Petite

While it seems almost easy to rock palazzo pants, the same does not apply for culottes; especially if the wearer is petite. Or slim. Or narrow-hipped.


Since the culottes are a pair of loose, flowy pants that hang around the knee or fall just below the knee at mid-length, they might either look sophisticatedly-beautiful or as a ton of mess when worn incorrectly!

In order to wear culottes the right way, here are the tips!

Ride along…


How To Wear Culottes For The Petite

1.Learn to go for high waisted culottes.

As much as the culottes are very comfortable, they might look like some old pajamas when the wrong ones are worn to the streets.

Thus, for an always-polished vibe, embrace high-wasted culottes that will tend to bring out your waistline.

Unless you actually want people to think that you have no waist!??

Ensure that the culottes you pick are perfectly fitting your waist so that as it flows towards the knees, there will be a streamlined effect downwards.

2. Embrace not-so wide legged culottes.

Culottes tend to be loose thus they’ll come as wide legs.

If your culottes are full in the leg, they’ll be much better than when they are so bulky due to very wide legs.

And if you are slim and tall like me, culottes that are not bulky at the waist would even be worth shopping for.

How To Wear Culottes For The Petite

3. Go for darker shades.

One way to minimize the attention during dressing up is to actually wear darker shades.

Or rather, neutral shades. These include: shades of black, white, grey, navy blue and camel.

Such neutral-colored pants will not only prove easy to pair but will also not draw too much attention to your lower body.

If you have to go for printed culottes, then ensure that the prints are subtle. For instance; black and white plaid culottes would be great.

5. Pick mid-length culottes.

Unless you are too confident and can rock maxi culottes, then always opt for midi culottes. These fall below the knee while maxi culottes fall around the ankles.

Mid-length culottes will look fuller while maxis will look bulky to the petites. Basically, your culottes should mimic a skirt for a better look. Now you know!

5. Consider one color culottes.

As many agree, it is so easy to go monochromatic in one color culottes.

As well, such a look can easily be dressed up or down to serve the occasion so if you are in a rut while shopping, get one-color pants! You’ll love them!



How To Wear Culottes For The Petite

TIP 1:

Always balance proportions.

Being proportional is the mantra when styling culottes. I mean, since the pants are full and not slim fitting, you’ll need a well-sized top for an overall balanced look.

TIP 2:

Pair your culottes with crop tops which tend to fall above the ‘high-waist’.

This is my favorite tip when styling culottes and proves to be so easy.

I’m sure my floral off-shoulder crop top pairs well with my black culottes and proves to be such a clean look too, right?

TIP 3:

Tuck in if you are wearing a full top.

I mean, if your top falls around your hips, then consider tucking it in.

This emphasizes the waist since no one would want to have everyone around wondering if they actually have a waist, right?

If you opt for a layer, then a short, thin blazer would bring out a perfect formal look while an overcoat that falls at the hemline of the culottes or below would bring out a pretty, sophisticated look.

You can also belt up the overcoat and at this point, the whole look would seem like a dress.

TIP 4:

Belt it up if you are wearing an oversized top.

Long or oversized tops, coats, blazers and blouses can be so cute!

However, I’ve come across some slim women who wouldn’t want to wear over-sized clothes for the fear of looking too bulky.

Well, if this feels like you, you can always wear a long coat and belt it up for a waist definition since you don’t want to look like a walking bag!

Read Also: Why You Need An Oversized Blazer In Your Closet+ 10 Tips To Rock One

TIP 5:

Get the right shoe.

The right shoe can finish up any look just perfectly.

And when it comes to styling culottes, then sandals and high heels will always look great.

If you are tall, consider wearing open sandals while short women should go for open high heels.

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How To Wear Culottes For The Petite

TIP 6:

Dress in monochromes, color blocks or subtle prints.

As monochromatic is still a rocking trend this season, you’d love to pair in monotones.

As well, for the daring fashionista, color blocking or mixing subtle prints can also be an option where a bold-colored top can be worn with the culottes; or a printed top too.

I chose to pair my floral top with the black culottes. Gorgeous, right?

TIP 7:

Accessorize like you mean it.

Accessories are always any girl’s best friend thus should be brought in when rocking culottes.

Wear bold accessories to liven up monochromatic looks in culottes.

And depending on your tops and layers, embrace either thin or chunky accessories.

Read Also: 10 Must Have Accessories For Every Woman, Fashionista Or Not

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With those tips, you can be sure to rock your culottes like the fashion pro you are!

Do you love how I look? Please share your thoughts with me below…



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  1. Paula Stewart says

    I wear capris which are similar to these types of pants all the time. Often I will throw on a pair of sneakers if I’m working in the yard. Which according to my daughter makes me look like a nerd. LOL So having the right shoes with them is a must.

  2. Dondra says

    These look great on you. I thought I’d look weird in them because I’m short. I have a pair and I love them.

    • Dalene Ekirapa says

      Yes Dondra, people tend to fear them but actually, if you get the right one that’s not so voluminous, they always look good. Try the tips next time.

  3. Bibimbea says

    Interesting! I own one pair of black culottes however I don’t wear it much because of my stick legs. Thanks for the inspo tho!

  4. Geraline Batarra says

    Wow, it really looks good on you, you looked so stunning. Your hair is so gorgeous. Thanks for the tips.

  5. Joanna says

    I used to wear culottes a lot when I was younger, I had no idea that they are now again back in style. I now prefer shorter pants, knee length or above.

  6. Ivana says

    That looks amazing on you. I’m 5’10 and I always feel odd whenever I try anything similar on.

  7. Alexandra Cook says

    You look so so stunning! Love the outfit on you, it really works for you.

  8. Arun says

    Thank you so much for the tips. I was avoiding buying them as I wasn’t sure how they would look on me. Your points are well made. Now I am thinking of trying them.

  9. David Elliott says

    You do look really good in those culottes. I can see why going monochromatic would be a good thing. I am not sure having too many colors would be a good thing. One simple and elegant styling of them works better.

  10. Nina Cochingco says

    Cullotes doesn’t look good on me, but it looks perfect on you. The top looks so great. I wish I could wear something like that. ?

    • Dalene Ekirapa says

      Thanks Nina.
      Haha…I wonder why you wouldn’t want to give culottes a try??
      Since they can look so cute if you got the right ones for your body.

  11. Jennifer Pompaski says

    I absolutely love cullottes. I coped some great swede ones from Zara. last year and I have two other pieces from other brands. I absolutely love the cropped top pairing (I haven’t tried it before) and the shoes are great too. Thanks, Dalene for these great style tips! Now I am going to rock my cullottes in new ways!

  12. Aria says

    I’m not really good in mix and match.. I only have jeans and sweatshirt if i go to work. Sometimes dress.. I ain’t sure if this outfit will look good on petite and chubby.. hahaha… will sneakers or rubber shoes work with this outfit? i would really love to learn how this mix and match for clothes work so I could also make a statement.


    They look great when styled well as you have done. Would you believe I’ve never had any myself.! These are really good tips for those wanting to wear culottes.

  14. Kristine Nicole Alessandra says

    I am petite and I shy away from wearing culottes. They just don’t seem to fit me right. Being petite, those kinds of pants look like I am wearing regular baggy pants whose hemline shrunk a few inches. I will share these tips with my sister. She’s a full 5 inches taller than me and she always looks good in culottes and/or palazzo pants. .

    • Dalene Ekirapa says

      Perhaps you could also use the tips to get the right culottes too Kristina. When you get your fav, trust me…you’ll wear it over and again like me.

  15. Kemi says

    Not petite but me wearing that with my long, spindly legs…eish! Lol. Loose trousers or clothing is not for me as I’m slender and slim hipped. I might try one to see how it looks, though.

  16. Elizabeth O says

    I think culottes are great. I love that I can wear it at any occasions. It showcases my footwear beautifully.

  17. LiveLoveAndAdventure says

    These look so cute on other people! I don’t usually wear them because i’m only 5’3 and I feel like they make me look shorter unless I wear high heels which I don’t tend to wear often. You look great in them!

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