The Unexpected Pant Trend All the Cool Girls Are Wearing Right Now

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:
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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.

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(Image credit: Courtesy of Bottega Veneta)

Wide-leg leather culottes were paired with mock-neck sweaters and mules at Bottega Veneta.



(Image credit: Courtesy of Givenchy)

For S/S 20 Givenchy paired long Bermuda shorts with matching blazers for a casual yet polished tailored look.

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(Image credit: Courtesy of Celine)

Another Celine look we seriously can't wait to copy from its spring 2020 runway show. We predict these denim culottes will be all over our feeds next year.

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On the Street:
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Culottes, boots, and a blazer is a fashion-forward outfit formula that's hard to beat.

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Play with fabrics and pair luxe-looking black leather culottes with a soft cashmere sweater and a statement jacket to finish the look.

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If you're looking to update your jeans with a fresh and modern style, then look no further than these runway-approved denim culottes.



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Cropped pants are perfect for a relaxed weekend look. A suede jacket will add interest and a sumptuous texture to a pair of simple neutral pants.

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Swap your skinny jeans with a cool pair of camel-hued culottes to wear with your cozy holiday sweater this season.


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Judith Jones
Senior Fashion Market Editor

Judith Jones is the senior fashion market editor at Who What Wear who specializes in shopping content and trend stories with high-affiliate impact. She shares the coolest, most desirable fashion market finds and brands for every budget. Previous to working in fashion, Judith worked as a TV host on the PBS travel show Globe Trekker (airing on Netflix and Amazon Prime) sharing her passion for travel and culture.