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Bridging the divide

The ‘new’ fashion staple, culottes are a cross between the trouser and skirt, with all the comfort and flexibility of trousers while maintaining the flattering feminine silhouette of skirts. Revamped in the ’90s to their current easy avatar, culottes have become one of those fashion trends that stayed on to become a wardrobe essential. Women’s culottes are mainly wide leg, calf-skimming pants, but the length can vary. Make them a part of your casual wear wardrobe and wear them for a day out with the girls or tuck in a cotton shirt and it’s perfect for formal office wear. One style tip to keep in mind while wearing culottes is choosing the right blouse, shirt or top. Balance out billowing denim culottes with a fitted shirt, a knotted T-shirt or even a pretty party top. Striped culottes make an excellent addition to your wardrobe and can be worn as formal office wear or with a party top to a night out in town. Throw on wedges or high heels and you are all set to make a statement! With a bit of styling, the ubiquitous French aristocrat wardrobe essential can become your go-to choice. Ella has the perfect culottes and flattering women's tops, blouses and shirts so go ahead and buy online!