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Saturday 23 August 2014

Darren Kennedy's Style File: How to wear - Culottes

Darren Kennedy

Published 24/05/2014 | 02:30

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Inspired by Victoria Beckham

Culottes have proven to be the trend to try this year, but my advice is to tread carefully. Appearing on many spring/summer 2014 catwalks, including Mulberry, Emporio Armani, Victoria Beckham, Céline and Alexander Wang, it's the trouser shape of the season.

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Banish thoughts of sloppy silhouettes,– 2014 is the year of cool culottes as the wide-leg, cropped style, calf-skimming pants have undergone a chic makeover. For a sleek, modern aesthetic, keep the look pared back and style a structured black pair with high heels and a crisp white shirt, à la Victoria Beckham. If you want to ramp it up a notch, go for a pair in a bold primary colour or striking geometric print.

The most universally flattering style will be in a neutral colour palette that falls just below knee-length. White or black culottes provide a polished and modern style without looking like you're trying too hard. A tailored pair will easily transition from day to night, while less structured culottes are best suited to a laid-back look. Wear with an ankle strap sandal or wedge to elongate the silhouette. If you're leg conscious, in particular your calf/ankle area, best to avoid this trend.

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