Culottes to Covet

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No self-respecting fashion-loving woman can live on skinny jeans alone. As looser-fitting pants have gained major momentum (think boyfriend jeans and wide-leg trousers), culottes have emerged as the easy way to set your style apart. Nervous you can’t pull off the look? Think of these cropped pants as a midi skirt with boyish appeal. They easily pair with block-heel ankle boots, sneakers or sandals and work with virtually any top from off-the-shoulder blouses to curve-skimming knits. Culottes are a refreshing way to solve countless closet conundrums. Read on for 4 ways to wear this steadfast trend.


Weekend Brunch

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A white wide-leg pair is a perfect palette cleanser on a sunny summer weekend. A more polished stand-in for shorts, they look great styled with an off-the-shoulder blouse and minimalist flats. Bring on brunch!


Cocktail Hour

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Wake up your night-out look with some dramatic denim. When paired with strappy heels and a cropped suede jacket, jean culottes read glamorous and all grown up. Dressed up, yet totally practical—the best of both worlds.


Workweek Chic

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Pencil skirt, pantsuit, repeat? Break out of your Monday to Friday wardrobe routine with this chic take on head-to-heel monochrome. Team beige culottes with a knit in the same unassuming shade, then add a bold accessory. Now those are presentation skills.


On the Go

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Opt for this relaxed pair when there’s a long flight on the agenda. Cropped frayed denim teamed with quilted kicks and a modern backpack will keep you looking comfortably chic from takeoff to landing and beyond.


Q&A with Anais Mali

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Q: You were born in France and now live in New York. Does your style change when you are on either side of the Atlantic?
A: My style definitely changes from Nice to NY, or Nice to Paris! I keep it the simplest in Nice because it’s very hot there in the summer when I visit. I wear basic pieces like simple jeans with a white top and some accessories (bracelets, rings). I keep it chicer in Paris, a bit more “la Parisienne.” And in NYC everything is permitted so I definitely wear more eccentric pieces.
Q: What are the three clothing items that are on your shopping list for summer?
A: New sandals, a new bag in a pastel color and some new swimsuits…the list can go on!
Q: How would you describe your personal style?
A: Now, this is a tricky question for me. I love clothes so much that I have probably tried it all already. The most important thing for me is to keep it chic. I love pieces nobody else has. I often lie when people ask me where my look is from. But I can see my personal style evolving into something more grown up, a little more “business woman” maybe.
Q: Where do you get style inspiration?
A: I love learning from and getting inspired by people outside of [Western] society. They have their own styles and never copyanyone. I love the women in India and in Africa, even South America. I love their sensibility and the way they are able to mix the colors. They look so chic to me.
Q: What’s your favorite look from today’s shoot and where would you wear it?
A: I love them all, but I will choose look 3 because I’m a fan of nude. I definitely see myself wearing it on the streets of Saint-Tropez.