Cullotes are derived from the French word culot which literally meant the lower half of a thing- the word was first associated with breeches for men which is not like the culottes you know today they were those knee length shorts that tapered in at the knee and were worn as part of military uniforms all throughout Europe in the 18th Century. Fashion terms become confusing at times because this term was also used for split skirts and women's underpants.
Today this word is used to classify bottoms that are split and hangs like a skirt. Wide leg and airy this pant in the opposite of the skinny jeans and leggings we have seen gain popularity and traction a few years back.
I love the freedom and comfort they bring. I don't feel like I constantly have to do squats every morning so as to look great in my skinny jeans and leggings. They also look great with mules which is another trend piece that I am obsessed with. For me culottes are an all year round item I will definitely be wearing mine with boots and wool socks to still be weather appropriate especially with the cold winters we get in Canada or cropped leggings underneath for an extra layer of warmth.
I wear mine with just about everything. My favourite is with a turtle neck sweater that is a little bit oversized. You can wear it tucked in or loose. I have always followed the rule of 1 fitted garment and 1 loose garment as a rule of thumb but for some reason there is just something so chic about wearing flowy pieces together. A statement shoe also helps bring the look together. For people who are new to wearing a wide leg pant I recommend trying ankle length culottes with not as wide of a bottom as the ones I'm wearing here, This way you can ease into the transition easier. I also love wearing ankle boots with them and I know a lot of people who are always looking for pants that work with their favourite ankle booties specially if it has little bit of heel like the ones I'm wearing in these photos. The beauty of culottes is there is so much variation in fits and styles that you can find one for every body type.
For example for curvier girls with a small waist I recommend high waisted styles like these ones from H&M.
You can also find them in a variety of colours, fabrics and patterns to suit everyones taste and budget. It is also an easy piece to work from day to night. I would wear it casual with white sneakers for running around and a pointy toe pump for evening. Lastly it is also a piece you can wear to a business casual environment with a blouse or blazer. See this loft piece below which looks great with a blouse tucked in. Change the shoes into a closed toe shoe and you're ready to go.
If you're looking for a trend piece to inject new life into your wardrobe look no further than the culottes. I must warn you tho that once you have worn them you might not want to go back to your skinny jeans ever again...