How to Wear Culottes When You’re Short

Culottes and cropped pants are staple trends that circles back around frequently, but wearing culottes when you’re short can be tricky.  There are certain styling ‘musts’ that have to fall into place in order to successfully rock a cropped look at next to 5 feet.

How to Wear Culottes When You’re Short:

  • The single most important aspect is the fit.  Your culottes should fit, that means the hem too.  Your tailor should be ready and available if you’re planning on getting in on cropped trends.  Shopping the petite section is also a good idea if you’re hoping to skip alterations.
  • Shoes are the second most important feature of your look.  If it’s in season, you can pair them with a tight sock boot or tights of a similar color.  The tights trick works best if the pant comes almost to the ankle, but we short girls don’t usually have a problem finding cropped pants that are too short.  This trick is excellent for short girls because it prevents the eye from noticing the ankle is a different color as the pant, which breaks the leg into shorter segments.  If the weather is warmer and you want to wear a sandal, go with a nude shoe.  Nude shoes are a short girl’s best friend; the shoe will blend into the lower leg and create only one break in color, keeping as much length as possible.
  • Wear heels if possible, but if you’ve got to go with comfort, stick with a pointed structured shoe.
  • Choose a top that’s in the same color family.  A contrasting top will break up the look into shorter segments, highlighting your short stature.  You’ll notice that I didn’t follow this rule.  I wear these pants with a black tee to dress it down and this sweater because sometimes I just do whatever I want.  I like it, it feels good and that’s all that matters.  My guides are just guides, they aren’t fashion laws!  Notice the difference in appearance of height when I throw on the jacket; it’s not difficult to imagine that a black sweater would make me look taller and leaner.

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  • Don’t ignore the waist.  Tucking in a blouse or choosing a slim-fitting sweater/tee will elongate the look.  Wearing a boxy crop top, with a hem that flares will add more horizontal lines to the look and break it into shorter sections.

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The Full Look:

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Love the star details on this jacket I picked up from Zara.  It’s not for sale currently, but I found this similar jacket for you.

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This sweater remains one of my favorite pieces.  It’s whimsical and polished at the same time.  I’m glad there is a summer blouse with a similar look available now.

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I get a lot of milage out of these comfortable (relatively) Vince heels.

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Shop The Look:

The first 7 items are the actual items photoed, minus the jacket and top that are, sadly, no longer for sale.  Keep scrolling for variations in price and look.

What pieces do you find difficult to wear with your body type? Comment below. BTW, I was 6 weeks pregnant for this shoot and I felt like this outfit was just the worst on me. I put it up because I ended up getting a ton of compliments. Sometimes we are so hard on ourselves that we fail to realize when something is actually working for us.

XO,
The Luxicon

Kate Thakkar

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