Thursday, July 17, 2014

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When a trend emerges that I find myself drawn to & interested in trying out, I always ask myself three questions before taking the plunge: 1) Can I find an affordable version of the style?  2) Will it be flattering on my body shape?  3) Is it a piece I can wear several different ways with items I already own?  If I'm able to answer yes to all three, then I begin my search to find what I'm looking for - in this case, it was culottes.

I love the idea of this type of loose-fitting cropped pant and knew if I could find a pair that were more fitted through the waist without pleats, I would buy them.  These definitely fit the bill, plus they are so lightweight & comfortable.  I've worn them with my flat gold sandals for a casual chic look, but they are also easy to dress up as I've done here (and they'd be a great option for the office!).  I would recommend styling these in the same way you would an a-line or full midi skirt (tuck in your shirt or try a crop top) so you still maintain your shape without overwhelming your frame.  And, for those who are petite, your best bet is keeping the length to just below the knee or mid-calf at the lowest (great example here).  

What I'm wearing:
Express top (runs big; I'm wearing an XS), Forever 21 culottes (I'm wearing a small), 
Sam & Libby heels (under $20!), ASOS clutch (similar here or here), 
Forever 21 necklace (similar here or here), A.V. Max cuff c/o Lemon Stripes, 
Nails: Treat Collection (Blue Sky)


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