Culottes to Covet
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.
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!
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.
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
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
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.