Culotte Shorts Fashion Trend, Spring/Summer 2015

One of the most flattering of all styles for 2015 is the return of the culottes, albeit with a modern twist. This most versatile of trends offers you the a fabulous selection of casual, tailored or formal wear with a choice of lengths. 

As the temperature climbs, a pair of culotte shorts is the perfect outfit for wearing out and about during the day. The classic denim culottes are ever popular, with a mind-bending range to choose from. The standard calf-length can be found either in semi-sharp pleats or flowing folds, often with a waist panel to accent your figure, sometimes with belt loops or button detailing for added versatility. Opt for traditional jean styling with pockets and top-stitching, or try a flared mini-skirt length culottes with button detailing, borrowing from the tennis skirt design.

Ring the changes with casual culotte shorts, where layered chiffon with a wide elastic waist make a refreshing alternative. Look for broderie anglais frills or a version with asymmetric hemline. These all look great teamed with a crop top, lacy crochet top or standard tee. Or perhaps you prefer a full length wide-legged pair in cheesecloth, reminiscent of the Seventies, worn with a tunic top for an authentic look?

The culotte style is also ideal for office wear. Mid-calf tailored culottes, with soft pleats and waist panel, look stunning when worn with a stretch long-sleeved tee and chunky mules. Or for more upmarket impact choose a satin pair, and team with a close-fitting polo and strappy sandals. Knee-length culottes are also a hit this year. Prints are popular, with a choice of florals, striped or bold abstract. These all work well with a plain classic blouse featuring a Peter Pan collar.

For a more formal occasion, a culottes suit is a fantastic choice. A sharply tailored linen suit with knee-length culotte shorts and fitted jacket, in dusky red with black piping, brings a hint of Mexican flair when worn with a wide-brimmed hat. And for evening wear, make a real impact with a culottes suit inspired by the glorious shalwar kameez, fashioned from airy chiffon. Flaring from the waist and falling majestically to the floor, the luxurious culottes match wonderfully with a long tunic top featuring asymmetric hem and flared full-length sleeves, all highlighted with rich embroidered detail.

With such a marvellous variety of lengths and styles, the culotte style truly has something for everyone.

The featured photo is of Nicole Warne wearing all white top and culottes from ASOS, shoes from Chie Mihara and the bag is from Mulberry

Choose white culottes for the ultimate summer style! These beautiful floaty culottes are perfect for creating a breezy summer look which will not only look gorgeous but will also keep you cool! Via Leonie Sophie. Culottes: French Connection, Top/Waistcoat/Shoes/Bag: Zara.

Choose white culottes for the ultimate summer style! These beautiful floaty culottes are perfect for creating a breezy summer look which will not only look gorgeous but will also keep you cool! Via Leonie Sophie.

Culottes: French Connection, Top/Waistcoat/Shoes/Bag: Zara.

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Work culottes into an all white outfit by matching them with a tie-front shirt and sneakers. Via Nina Suess

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Pair your white culottes and sneakers with a beige top. Via Nina-Victoria Suess Top: All Saints, Culottes: New Look, Shoes: Gant, Bag: Fendi. Culottes Outfits

Pair your white culottes and sneakers with a beige top. Via Nina-Victoria Suess

Top: All Saints, Culottes: New Look, Shoes: Gant, Bag: Fendi. Culottes Outfits

Vertical striped culottes and a horizontal striped crop top. What could be more on point ? Via Kenza Zouiten Pants/Shoes: River Island, Top: Topshop

Vertical striped culottes and a horizontal striped crop top. What could be more on point ? Via Kenza Zouiten

Pants/Shoes: River Island, Top: Topshop

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Aimee Song is bringing back the culottes trend with these lovely pink numbers paired with a white shirt!

Trousers: C/Meo Collective, Shirt: C/Meo Collective, Shoes: Isabel Maran

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Double up the lace, like Emilee Anne, with these navy trousers and white shirt!

Hat: H&M, Top: H&M, Trousers: H&M, Shoes: Swedish Hasbeens

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We’re loving Christine R in these culottes with a classic stripy tee and white heels!

Trousers: COS, Top: COS, Heels: Zara

When this lady starts wearing culottes, it is time for you to go an ger yours. Via Julie Sarinana Tank Top: Julie Sarinana, Culotte Shorts: Aritzia, Mules: Rag & Bone

When this lady starts wearing culottes, it is time for you to go get yours. Via Julie Sarinana

Tank Top: Julie Sarinana, Culotte Shorts: Aritzia, Mules: Rag & Bone

Tiphaine in a pair of camel Zalando cullotte trousers

Tiphaine in a pair of camel Zalando cullotte trousers

Johanna Olsson is wearing a pair of creme Dagmar culotte shorts for spring Johanna Olsson is wearing a pair of creme Dagmar culotte shorts for spring

Culotte Shorts Look Book: Pam Hetlinger is wearing a pair of dot printed State culotte shorts

Culotte Shorts Look Book: Pam Hetlinger is wearing a pair of dot printed State culotte shorts

Pam Hetlinger is wearing window pane culotte shorts from Anthropologie and a crochet top

Pam Hetlinger is wearing window pane culotte shorts from Anthropologie and a crochet top

Culotte Shorts Outfits & Ideas: Liz Cherkasova is wearing a pair of Elizabeth & James white culotte shorts

Culotte Shorts Outfits & Ideas: Liz Cherkasova is wearing a pair of Elizabeth & James white culotte shorts How To Style Culotte Shorts: Alexandra Pereira is wearing a pair of white and black culotte shorts with a black Zara turleneck

How To Style Culotte Shorts: Alexandra Pereira is wearing a pair of white and black culotte shorts with a black Zara turleneck Mary is wearing a pair of white Nordstrom culotte shorts

Mary is wearing a pair of white Nordstrom culotte shortsCamille Co is wearing wine red culottes from Topshop

Camille Co is wearing wine red culottes from Topshop

Erica Hoida is wearing a pair of creme Few Moda culotte shorts

Erica Hoida is wearing a pair of creme Few Moda culotte shortsShea Marie is wearing a pair of black Barbara Bui culotte shorts

Shea Marie is wearing a pair of black Barbara Bui culotte shortsKayla Seah in her pale grey culottes from Carin Wester

Kayla Seah in her pale grey culottes from Carin Wester

Kaitlyn Ham is wearing a white blazer from Rodebjer, wide leg silk culotte shorts, cami from Camilla and Marc, slides from Common Projects and the clutch is from Alexander Wang

Kaitlyn Ham is wearing a white blazer from Rodebjer, wide leg silk culotte shorts, cami from Camilla and Marc, slides from Common Projects and the clutch is from Alexander Wang

Laura Dittrich is wearing black culotte shorts from Mango, leather jacket and cami from H&M, slides from Zara and the bag is from Sophie Hulme

Laura Dittrich is wearing black culotte shorts from Mango, leather jacket and cami from H&M, slides from Zara and the bag is from Sophie Hulme

Lucy de Boer is wearing culotte shorts, shit and shoes all from ASOS

Lucy de Boer is wearing culotte shorts, shirt and shoes all from ASOS

Christine R. is wearing a beige blazer from Massimo Dutti, silk top, culotte shorts from Zara and sandals from Birkenstock

Christine R. is wearing a beige blazer from Massimo Dutti, silk top, culotte shorts from Zara and sandals from Birkenstock

Isabella Thordsen is wearing a white jacket from Warehouse, sunglasses from Céline, top from H&M, black Culotte shorts and loafers from ASOS

Isabella Thordsen is wearing a white jacket from Warehouse, sunglasses from Céline, top from H&M, black Culotte shorts and loafers from ASOS

Mija is wearing grem cashmere knit from Bassike, and white culotte shorts from Warehouse

Mija is wearing grem cashmere knit from Bassike, and white culotte shorts from Warehouse

Margaret Zhang is wearing white culotte shorts. Photography by Vanessa Jackman

Margaret Zhang is wearing white culotte shorts. Photography by Vanessa Jackman

We Wore That is wearing culotte shorts from Zara and a black tip from TopShop

We Wore That is wearing culotte shorts from Zara and a black tip from TopShop

Peony Lim is wearing shoes from Manolo Blahnik, black culottes from Warehouse, bag from Emm Kuo, and the top is from Bamford

Peony Lim is wearing shoes from Manolo Blahnik, black culottes from Warehouse, bag from Emm Kuo, and the top is from Bamford

Pernille Teisbaek is wearing a white eyelet crochet top from H&M, black culotte shorts from Proenza Schouler, Sneakers from Acne Studios and Sunglasses from Filippa K

Pernille Teisbaek is wearing a white eyelet crochet top from H&M, black culotte shorts from Proenza Schouler, Sneakers from Acne Studios and Sunglasses from Filippa K

Lucy de Boer is wearing culotte shorts and an oversized shirt from ASOS and the sliders are from Zara

Lucy de Boer is wearing culotte shorts and an oversized shirt from ASOS and the sliders are from Zara

Isabella Thordsen is wearing black heels and culotte shorts from ASOS

Isabella Thordsen is wearing black heels and culotte shorts from ASOS