Three people have already complimented me on my pants today, and it’s not even 9 a.m. (I'll call that a fashion win!) I’m wearing a chic pair of black relaxed-fit faux-leather cropped trousers that fall a couple inches below the knee. I bought them for $40 from Zara, but they have major Celine and Bottega Veneta vibes that I'm definitely not mad about.
Whether you call them culottes, long Bermuda shorts, or simply cropped trousers—the short pants/long shorts hybrid has been having a major moment this year with fashion girls wearing them in full force with sneakers, knee-high boots, tank tops, and sweaters alike. The trend is sticking around next year too—the silhouette was spotted all over the spring 2020 runways, from Givenchy to Saint Laurent.
So how exactly do we pull off this modern style, especially in the midst of fall and winter? The easiest (and coolest) way is to pair them with knee-high leather boots (as seen at Celine) so that the pants lay over the boots just as you would wear them with a midi skirt. When the temps get warmer—pair them with flat slides, sneakers, or mules for a contemporary-cool look.
Want to give the trend a whirl? Scroll below as we show you some cool ways to wear them and shop the best on the market right now.
On the runway:
Courtesy of Celine
At Celine—it was all about the bourgeois trend where culottes were paired with chic over-the-knee leather boots, checked blazers, and high-neck collars.