Posted on March 23, 2015 · Posted in Body Shape, Style Check

While new style trends keep inundating the minds of the fashion-forward, there are very little that the voluptuously-fabulous can aspire for. Ramp models are always the ideal dress form, but the average curvy needs more form-flattering outfits to bring out her inner goddess. While fashion dictates what one should wear and how, there’s no harm in bending a couple of rules to create that Parisian chic look that you gawk over in glossy magazines.
The culottes has been quite a raging trend in Fashion Weeks across the world, this spring. From Emporio Armani’s work wear inspired pieces and Proenza Schouler’s sophistry to Alexander Wang’s sporty take, this structured pants trend is here to stay. On the first glance to the uninitiated it might seem like a pair of palazzos that are trying really hard to be a flouncy skirt – but there’s more than what meets the eye.

Let’s face it – wearing the culottes for those with a little more junk in their trunk might not be easy – but what’s life without a challenge? When paired right, these little numbers can give you the “legs for days” look that you crave for. Here are some tips that will turn you into the traffic stopping fashionista with these culottes.

Pairing Woes:

Think of the culottes as a structured A-line skirt and style it from there. Tuck in a flouncy blouse or wear it with a fun vest – there are literally few ways you can go wrong with this universally flattering number.

Shoe Talk:

Shoes maketh the look! The right kind of shoes can give life to this look. Mostly heels with a pointed toe look best, but feel free to mix it up with snug sneakers for a sporty appeal. Structured shoes elongate the legs and add to the sophisticated appeal of the pants.

How long is Too Long?

– The only thing worth keeping in mind with culottes is finding the right length for your body type. While the skinny and petite frames can experiment with long and above-the-knee-short hemlines, the best length for my curvy ladies is mid-calf. As the pants begin at a high-waist – don’t be afraid to show of your itty-bitty waist with a short crop top or a fitted sweater!

Colour Wheel:

While it might be wise for first timers to stick to monochromatic palettes – those more daring than the rest can play up with prints and textures to add an interesting touch to the overall look. Always remember that when it comes to fashion – less is always more – so keep your top basic, to avoid a barnyard explosion of colours.

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