Culottes Trend Styled for Petites

The culottes trend is big this fall. I pondered over it a while, wondering what a petite girl like me would look like in it. Would it suit me? Maybe, Maybe not? I honestly wasn’t sure. Then I looked at all the runway shows from Saint Laurent to Gucci and culottes were strutting down the runway in all. Olivia Palermo has made it a streetstyle hit. But models tower over me and Olivia is 5ft 6. I was still not convinced until I tried on a pair and it worked! Read on to see ๐Ÿ™‚

Loft Shirt
Loft Shirt

I walked into J.Crew a couple of weeks ago and little did I know I would walk out with a pair of culottes. After browsing the store the culottes color caught my eye, a lovely fall orange. I loved it! I picked it up to try on but wasn’t certain it would suit me. Once I pulled them up I was confused. How would I style it? It makes me look stunted! But then it hit me! They would work and here is how:

High Waisted

Culottes for petite girls need to be high-waisted! Period! This gives you the elongating effect your petite frame so badly needs especially with how flare they tend to be. This J.Crew pair was high-waisted and I accentuated that with a belt. Don’t forget to accentuate your waist. High waisted for the win I say!

Above the Ankle

Next, they need to hit at the perfect length around your ankle. It needs to be a couple of inches above to give the illusion of length. The perfect crop makes a world of difference. So if they don’t hit at the sweet spot then make sure to get them altered.

Heeled Pumps

The trio in the illusion of length is your shoes! Pick a pair of pointed toe heeled pumps. Make sure the vamp is low, that way your leg looks longer. I like pointed toe because they really make a huge difference in leg lengthening. If you use these 3 things – high waist, above the ankle and heeled pumps you’re going to rock the culottes!

Tuck It

Now for the finishing touches. It’s not enough to have a awesome pair of culottes and pumps, you also need to pair it with a top. So what do you do? In my opinion tucking in the top is key. This way your waist is accentuated, you don’t look like our outfit just swallowed you and you get a crisp, clean cut look. Having some detail on the top would also look great.

Bun It!

Finally, if you are going for a polished, refined look that most culottes tend to be great at, bun up the hair! This also helps with showing off your neck which also gives the illusion of lengthening. It’s about taking every single fake inch you can muster ๐Ÿ™‚

Anthropologie Necklace
Anthropologie Necklace
J.Crew Clutch
J.Crew Clutch
J.Crew Culottes
J.Crew Culottes
J.Crew Pumps
J.Crew Pumps
Ann Taylor Belt
Ann Taylor Belt
Color By Amber Cuff
Color By Amber Cuff
Marc Jacobs Watch
Marc Jacobs Watch
Urban Decay Lipstick
Urban Decay Lipstick
Naked Palette
Naked Palette

I hope these tips help you style your own culotte look! They sure helped me! How do you think this look turned out? Yay? Nay? Do let me know ๐Ÿ™‚


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  1. October 12, 2016 / 10:22 am

    You look so lovely. I love the color of those culottes. They’re definitely a trend that I’m loving. Great tips! Xoxo

  2. October 12, 2016 / 3:49 pm

    Great outfit! The coloours are great together! I would have never thought about buying this kind of things but you convinced me! #brillblogposts

  3. October 12, 2016 / 5:27 pm

    First, that color looks amazing on you. Second, I love that style pant! So feminine yet it screams you mean business! (And is a little flirty–perfection!) Love it. ๐Ÿ™‚

  4. October 12, 2016 / 11:19 pm

    You’ve actually rocked the culottes! I think petite girls look great with culottes, although yes! STYLING plays an important role. One can always opt for heels with culottes to look taller. ๐Ÿ™‚

  5. October 13, 2016 / 2:11 am

    Love how you styled this bold colored culottes! I too am only 5’2″ and culottes have always been a challenge to wear because I’m so petite.

    ~ xo Sheree
    Posh Classy Mom

  6. October 14, 2016 / 11:44 am

    Such a cute look! As a petite person myself, I can appreciate all the tips you have given (high waist, hair up in a bun). I love the way you styled your outfit.

  7. October 14, 2016 / 8:15 pm

    Hello there, fellow five foot nothing lady ๐Ÿ™‚ you look amazing in those culottes. I wrangled a pair of culottes myself, just a few days ago, and didn’t hate it all that much GRIN

    Thank you for joining my link-up, incidentally, I hope to see you next Friday.

    Have a good weekend, Audrey.

  8. October 17, 2016 / 5:38 pm

    you are rocking those culottes girl! I love the color palette of this outfit

  9. Lori
    October 20, 2016 / 10:11 am

    You look so pretty! It’s reall a cute color and clothing combo!!! I am 5’1 and I have trouble buying also being so short. I am 155pds so I have to be sure things flatter my body type. I also love colors. I am not a black on black girl. Too drab. Everything looks better in color! Thank you for the tips!

    • audrey conceicao
      October 20, 2016 / 10:29 am

      Any dark color would look great darling! Also you could pair it with a lovely colorful necklace

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