How to Wear Denim Culottes

February 26, 2016

Did you catch my post on Tuesday? I am on a major denim kick… but I don’t mean your average denim. I am loving all the modern silhouettes as an alternative toย the skinny (which I will always love). You guys know I am a culotte fan (see recent posts here, here, here, here, here, and here), so it only makes sense that I would combine my love for denim and culottes. This pair is Citizens of Humanity via Shopbop, and they could not be more perfect. I really encourage you to try culottes. I have heard from several people that they suit me because I am tall. Here’s the thing, I think they suit everyone and are actually a very flattering cut.

How to wear Denim Culottes:

  1. It’s all about lengthย – You need a pair that hits mid-calf. If they are longer, they do have a tendency to overwhelm shorter frames. Show some ankle! ๐Ÿ˜‰
  2. Opt for a leg that isn’t too wide – This is important especially if you are on the petite side. You don’t want legs so wide they end up looking like a skirt. You do need some definition between legs when standing.
  3. Keep your waist defined – Although I have played with different lengths and fits of tops, when I first started wearing culottes, I was definitely more comfortable balancing the looser bottom with a more fitted top. Consider aย more cropped fit or a slimmer top you can tuck in.
  4. Avoid pleats/zip front – Clearly on a denim pair, you probably won’t avoid a zip front, but my favorite dress pairs are my black and rust colored ones that have a hidden zipper on the side or back. in my opinion, this makes for a cleaner and more flattering line.

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  • Reply districtofchic February 26, 2016 at 2:53 pm

    Those culottes are the best! And I love how you styled them!

    District of Chic

  • Reply Valerie Price February 26, 2016 at 2:18 pm

    I’m loving the denim culottes, and these are such great tips! Beautiful outfit!

  • Reply Kate @ Green Fashionista February 26, 2016 at 2:14 pm

    Loving your denim kick, and of course those boots still! Happy Friday gurlie <3
    Green Fashionista

  • Reply Laura February 26, 2016 at 1:59 pm

    Those culottes look amazing on you, but I am dying over that fab floral blouse! You look wonderful!

  • Reply Marina Summers February 26, 2016 at 1:49 pm

    These culottes are amazing. The way you styled it is very inspirational.

  • Reply Krisztina Williams February 26, 2016 at 1:39 pm

    You look great in them. And that top! I so love that print and the vintage style. Really love your boots too!! Have a great weekend.:)


  • Reply Living on Cloud Nine February 26, 2016 at 1:38 pm

    I adore culottes and you pull them off better than anybody I know! I absolutely love the uniqueness of the hem! Such a fresh spring outfit with a lovely flair with the floral and the boots. I hope your weekend is as gorgeous as you are!

  • Reply Michelle Orsi February 26, 2016 at 1:24 pm

    ah! Culottes in general scare me because I don’t think I’m tall enough to pull them & then add in denim & I’m double frightened but somehow you pull them off!

  • Reply Carrie @ Curly Crafty Mom February 26, 2016 at 12:41 pm

    I really need to look for a pair of these when I go outlet shopping soon. You always style them nicely. I think it’ll be fun to have a pair when it starts to warm up, but you styled this outfit for the winter perfectly!


  • Reply Kathryn February 26, 2016 at 12:21 pm

    You always rock the culottes look, Amy! I love the styling tips.

  • Reply SheelaGoh February 26, 2016 at 12:12 pm

    So there may actually be hope for those of us on the shorter side of the height spectrum ๐Ÿ™‚ I do agree, though, that it’s all a matter of proportions and it’s especially tricky with something typically more voluminous than your average pants. I remain optimistic. I shall continue my hunt. I love yours on you, beautifully cut and flattering xoxo

    • Reply Amy Ann Arnold February 26, 2016 at 12:51 pm

      Don’t give up! LOL, they really are so fun if you can find the right pair. ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Reply Ianne Cabangon February 26, 2016 at 12:03 pm

    This is so posh Amy ann! I love seeing new outfit styles like this one! Have a nice weekend love!
    Xo, Christianne

  • Reply Hailey February 26, 2016 at 11:56 am

    So you’ve convinced me that I need a pair of these… I really love the look with the boots you’re wearing (so I need a pair of those too, haha!). I’ve been reluctant, but every time I see a pair, I love the style a little more. I think you look incredible!


  • Reply Izabela Nair February 26, 2016 at 11:39 am

    You are absolutely rocking the culottes trend. I love how you paired them with the pussy bow blouse.

  • Reply Jalisa February 26, 2016 at 11:33 am

    Yet another perfectly styled look, Amy! I love you denim culottes and the shirt you paired it with is gorgeous; the boots are the perfect finishing touch to this fab ’70s look! Thanks so much for sharing, beauty, and I hope you have an amazing weekend ahead!



  • Reply Bella B @ xoxoBella February 26, 2016 at 11:27 am

    I love those jeans Amy, they are adorable and so chic, that top looks so good and this outfit is perfect for spring!!

  • Reply Heidi D. February 26, 2016 at 11:17 am

    I’m seriously loving all of your denim looks lately! I just picked up a very similar pair from H&M and this is awesome inspiration and such great styling tips! Hope you have a great weekend Amy Ann.

    Heidi || Wishes & Reality

  • Reply Laura February 26, 2016 at 11:08 am

    I’ve been wanting a pair of denim culottes!! So chic and perfect for spring!

  • Reply Lyddiegal February 26, 2016 at 10:39 am

    Oh my those earrings! And your sunglasses are stunning – but which ones are they really? Not the aviators you linked to!

    • Reply Amy Ann Arnold February 26, 2016 at 12:50 pm

      Whoops!! Thanks for pointing that out. I must have starting this post knowing I what I was going to wear and put the wrong glasses. I updated the link. ๐Ÿ™‚ They are my all time FAVORITES from Ditto.

  • Reply โ‰ˆ CARMEN โ‰ˆ February 26, 2016 at 10:35 am

    These are some fantastic tips to style denim culottes. My biggest concern is length & finding something that doesn’t cut my legs off horribly. I love yours with the funky cool shirt. :]

    // โ–ฒ โ–ฒ

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