How to wear gauchos/culottes

Whether you call them gauchos, gaucho pants, culottes or just “those pants I want to buy,” you’ve got to admit that cropped, baggy pants are back in a big way. They dominated the spring 2015 runways and have appeared on celebrities like Victoria Beckham as well as top style bloggers. Want to try the trend out for yourself? Here’s how to wear gauchos without looking like a fashion victim.

Wear them with flat sandal-slides for a laidback vibe:

Gauchos at Tibi

Sure, maybe the last time you wore this style of sandal was to avoid the germs in the dorm shower, but it’s time to resurrect your pair. Sandal-slides are super trendy this season, and they happen to look great with gauchos (as proven at the spring 2015 Tibi show). For bonus points, add a tied-off tee and baggy sweater. You’re basically going to look like an off-duty supermodel.

Define your waist with a high-cut pair of gauchos and a bold belt:

How to wear gauchos

American blogger Elizabeth Keene draws attention to her small waist with a thick, gold belt on top of flowy gauchos. A crop top is key to pulling off the high-waisted look.

A beat-up pair of denim gauchos is so now:

Gauchos at J. Crew

Think of it as a warm-weather take on this year’s flared jeans trend. Pair with luxe basics on top and a simple pair of heels, as seen at J. Crew’s spring show. So chic.

Pair with a boxy, slightly cropped top for a chic office look:

How to wear gauchos

Culottes may be an inherently casual style, but you can totally make them look work-appropriate. Just pair them with a pretty cropped blouse like blogger MillyQ Chung does here – you want the hem to hang just a bit lower than the top of the culottes (to flatter your waistline) without being short enough to show off your midriff – save that for the weekend!

Go monochrome and let the shapes steal the show:

How to wear gauchos

Busy patterns are fun, but they can distract from your outfit’s silhouette. A dramatic pair of gauchos and a simple shirt look great in pure white, as seen at the Mara Hoffman show for spring 2015. The monochrome palette of the outfit allows the viewer to really focus on the cut of the clothes. You could also try an all-black or solid navy blue ensemble.

Don’t be afraid to show a little skin on top:

How to wear gauchos

Here’s another pair of denim culottes – aren’t they versatile? – but this tip works with any pair of gauchos. Basically, because this style of pant is so modest, covering most of your leg and not hugging your body too tightly, you can wear something skimpy on top and still look balanced. Swiss blogger Alison Liaudat looks fabulous in a low-cut top with open sides (it’s actually a one-piece swimsuit) paired with her culottes.

Want your own pair of gauchos? You can’t go wrong with our Sabrina Gaucho in Black. They’re so lightweight that they’re the perfect wear-them-anywhere alternative to short-shorts this spring and summer.

Pink Martini Collection Sabrina Gaucho in Black

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