The Flattering Trick Behind Wearing Culottes With the Right Shoes

There are many great questions when it comes to culottes. For starters, how do you really style them? And what shoes should you wear with the trousers? Although several might say "only flats," others will respond "always heels." But we're here to tell you that neither is right because we have a much better theory that we challenge you to put to the test. After trawling through some of our favourite street style snaps of chic women wearing culottes, we worked out the number one way to wear them.

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The genius trick we discovered? Ensure your outfit is always matching. It's as simple as that. Whether that's by pairing your top with your boots or your jacket with your trainers. Essentially, some part of your outfit has to match when you're wearing culottes, otherwise, you'll look a bit of shambles. Don't believe us? We've found a few pictures that prove our theory. Keep scrolling to click through our guide on how to choose a pair of shoes to wear with your culottes, and shop culotte-and-shoe pairings right now.

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Style Notes: After an S/S 18 approach to wearing culottes? Try a cream pair with a yellow bag and jacket. Finish off with boots.

Hiking jackets double up as a chic outerwear while keeping you dry in spring showers.

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Style Notes: Take a tip from supermodel Erin O'Connor and match your culottes with a similar jacket. Then wear flat sandals to keep it low-key.

+ Zara Corduroy Culottes (£40).

We've seen plenty of people wearing this suit and we still can't get enough of it.

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Style Notes: Dress down your wide-leg blue culottes with sneakers, but keep it fashion with an It bag.

Prepare to want to wear these with everything.

The Mansur Gavriel bucket bag is still a winner.

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Style Notes: The maroon culottes and the slight red in the boots plus a top with a dash of dark red pulls this whole outfit together.

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Style Notes: The easiest way to wear culottes? Make sure they're fairly long and pair them with some platform trainers.

These ones from H&M are super chic.

We kind of obsessed with these trainers. They're suitable for work but also for brunch. Plus, they give you a bit of a lift.

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Style Notes: For a more formal approach to culottes, go for tailored silhouettes, a smart pair of pointed heels, and throw a kimono over the top. 

At only £25, we're impressed with this quality.

There's nowhere else we'd go for a kimono right now. 

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Style Notes: Lace culottes could appear a little boudoir for daylight activities, but pair with boots and you've got yourself a perfectly reasonable outfit. 

Did you ever see a prettier pair of culottes?