I Never Thought I'd Wear Culottes, But This Pair Made Me Rethink Them


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If I’m being honest, culottes have never been a style I’ve wanted to wear. The cropped pants hit at the mid-calf and have always seemed to me like an awkward length. They also have a wide leg, which is sometimes flattering but can also have the opposite effect, depending on the cut. But my opinion about the tricky style changed when I found a pair from Khaite that worked for me.

On this journey to acceptance, I learned two important things about picking out the perfect pair of culottes. First, length matters. I’m on the tall end of the height spectrum, so finding a style with the right inseam was key. In my opinion, the perfect length hits right above or right below the ankle. Next, how you style them is important; the wrong approach can leave them looking like unintentionally short pants. This is where shoes comes into play. You can’t go wrong with a pair of heels, but ankle boots are also a stylish choice—just make sure they’re taller or shorter than the pants and don’t hit right at the hem. Here, shop the best culottes on the market.

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Kristen Nichols is the Associate Director, Special Projects at Who What Wear with over a decade of experience in fashion, editorial, and publishing. She oversees luxury content and wedding features, and covers fashion within the luxury market, runway reporting, shopping features, trends, and interviews with leading industry experts. She also contributes to podcast recordings, social media, and branded content initiatives. Kristen has worked with brands including Prada, Chanel, MyTheresa, and Luisa Via Roma, and rising designers such as Refine and Tove, and her style has been featured in publications including Vogue.com, Vogue France, WWD, and the CFDA. Before Who What Wear, Kristen began her career at Rodarte, where she worked on assistant styling, photo shoots, and runway shows, and at Allure, where she moved into print and digital editorial. She graduated from the University of Southern California, where she studied art history and business, and currently lives in New York.