Forget the Bad Rap—French Celebrities Approve of This Pull-On Trouser Trend

During these spring days, I've been keeping track of the styling choices that fashion people are making to ensure they look elegant and feel comfortable all day. As it's still too chilly to style shorts and minis but far too warm to keep wool trousers in our rotations, I've seen the style set gravitate towards a forgotten trouser trend en masse this season.

Reaching for a breezy pair of calf-grazing culottes, fashion people in London and France have banded together in their appreciation of the trouser trend once deemed too "frumpy". The style may have fallen out of favour for some time, but I've always found that culottes drape beautifully on the body, giving plenty of movement as you walk and a very comfortable finish.

Influencer wears the culottes trouser trend.

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Paired with simple vests and slouchy tees, these cropped trousers have become a new streetwear staple. Cut to a relaxed, slightly billowy style, the trousers typically fall between knee and mid-calf, and style well with Mary Janes, pointed-toe heels and strappy sandals.

Influencer wears culottes.

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I've seen culottes on so many of my recent outings in London, and the trend is also proving to be a red carpet success this season; French actor Lea Seydoux recently selected an elegant pair of navy culottes with a matching blazer for an appearance at Cannes. Dispelling the myth that black and navy can't be worn together, Seydoux wore her suit set over a simple black top and accessorised her look with tonal navy heels.

Lea Seydoux wears culottes.

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Offering just the right amount of coverage for the changeable weather we're currently experiencing here in the UK, the underrated trouser trend is set to garner even more attention over the next few months, and, after its years in hibernation, I for one am excited about the imminent return.

Influencer wears culottes.

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A more comfortable alternative to the pedal-pushers that are everywhere at the moment, this lightweight style offers more breathability with the same trending length.

To discover the trouser trend that fashion people can't stop wearing, read on for our edit of the best culottes to shop now.

Influencer wears culottes.

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Natalie Munro
News Writer

Natalie Munro is Who What Wear UK’s news writer. Having worked in the fashion industry since her time at university—where she obtained a BA in Journalism from University of the Arts London, Natalie's experience spans journalistic and styling roles. In the early stages of her career Natalie predominately worked on editorial shoots for fashion publications such as British Vogue, Vogue Ukraine, AnOther Magazine and Elle UK, before moving into journalism roles.

On completion of her degree she interned in the editorial team at British Vogue and later went on to freelance for the publication. Here, she developed her interest in reporting on the latest fashion news and trends. Inspired by the dynamic nature of the industry, Natalie went on to write for other lifestyle and fashion brands and publications before taking on the role as News Writer for Who What Wear.

With an interest in uncovering the latest fashion trends, Natalie takes a leading role in identifying news for Who What Wear UK. Focusing on trends on and off the runway, as well as street style and celebrity fashion, Natalie reports on a daily basis, ensuring that she remains ahead of the trends. Natalie also creates content for Who What Wear’s social channels including TikTok and Instagram on a weekly basis.