How to Wear Wear Culottes: Celebrities Show Best Ways to Style

Wide-legged cropped pants, commonly known as culottes, might have you scratching your head at how to style them. However, did you know that there are tons of ways to make these super comfy pants look elegant, stylish and more appealing?

While culottes have been making a major comeback recently, you may be surprised to learn that they’ve been around since the late Middle Ages. Originally worn by gentlemen of the European upper-classes, culottes were normally closed and fastened about the leg, to the knee, by buttons, a strap and buckle, or a draw-string.

Culottes can make a great style statement without compromising your comfort. Perhaps these celebrities will convince you to give them a chance.

1. Katherine Heigl in Business Casual Culottes

The 36-year-old looked ready to conquer the world in her tan culottes that she wore with a long coat, white button down shirt and a pair of metallic pumps. This outfit can easily turn into your workday favorite!

Katherine Heigl leaving her hotel in Manhattan wearing sunglasses, long peach coat, cropped pants and gold patterned shoes in New York on November 13, 2014Katherine Heigl leaving her hotel in Manhattan wearing sunglasses, long peach coat, cropped pants and gold patterned shoes in New York on November 13, 2014

2. Jennifer Lopez in High-Waisted Pleated Gaucho Pants

The American Idol judge went to work wearing chic Alice + Olivia high-waisted pleated gaucho pants. She teamed them up with her Naeem Khan Pre-Fall 2014 gold chain top and Giuseppe Zanotti suede ankle-strap platform pumps. The embellished top added just the right amount of wow factor to her look!

Jennifer Lopez wearing Alice + Olivia high-waisted pleated gaucho pantsJennifer Lopez arriving at the Hollywood week auditions in high-waisted pleated gaucho pants at The Orpheum Theatre in Los Angeles on October 29, 2014

3. Rita Ora in Patchwork Culottes

The British singer saw it fit to match her Whistles ‘Hoshiko’ patchwork culottes with a matching Whistles ‘Mitsu’ bandeau top. With that much confidence, even a completely matchy ensemble is stylish and chic.

When leaving the event, Rita Ora also rocked a ‘Hoshi’ check coat from the same brand and a pair of Fendi ‘Iridia’ PVC ankle-strap sandals.

Rita Ora wearing Whistles 'Hoshiko' patchwork culottes with a matching Whistles 'Mitsu' bandeau topRita Ora wearing Whistles ‘Hoshiko’ patchwork culottes with a matching Whistles ‘Mitsu’ bandeau top

Rita Ora wearing a 'Hoshi' check coat and Fendi heelsRita Ora switches on Westfield Christmas Lights and performs for fans at Westfield London on November 3, 2014

4. Alexa Chung in Wide Leg Cropped Wool Pants

The TV personality recently launched her new line of nail polish wearing black Vilshenko ‘Tania’ wide leg cropped wool pants and a matching embroidered wool Vilshenko ‘Sofia’ jacket.

Alexa Chung wearing an embroidered wool Vilshenko 'Sofia' jacket and wide leg cropped wool pantsAlexa Chung wearing an embroidered wool Vilshenko ‘Sofia’ jacket and wide leg cropped wool pants

Alexa Chung attends a photocall to launch Nails Inc: The Alexa Editions at SelfridgesAlexa Chung attends a photocall to launch Nails Inc: The Alexa Editions at Selfridges on November 20, 2014 in London, England

5. Jennifer Lawrence in Flowy Culottes

The ‘Mockingjay’ actress also rocked a pair of culottes during Paris Fashion Week in a head-to-toe Christian Dior ensemble. She partnered the flowy charcoal wool pants with a pink cropped top.

Jennifer Lawrence wearing flowy culottes at the Christian Dior showJennifer Lawrence wearing flowy culottes at the Christian Dior show at the Paris Fashion Week Men’s Spring/Summer 2014 in Paris on July 1, 2013

6. Victoria Beckham in Comfy Black Culottes

As for David Beckham’s better half, she wore her Victoria Beckham culottes with a cropped white shirt and cropped knitted vest also from her fashion label. She capped off her look with a pair of Casadei ‘Blade’ suede pumps.

Victoria Beckham attends the Vogue party in black comfy culottes during London Fashion Week SS14 at on September 15, 2013 in London, EnglandVictoria Beckham attends the Vogue party in black comfy culottes during London Fashion Week SS14 at on September 15, 2013 in London, England

7. Mila Kunis in Wide-Leg Pants

The popular American actress wore a belted Brunello Cucinelli jumpsuit with ribbed knit bodice and poplin legs. Mila Kunis styled the look with Santoni ‘Brigitte’ ankle strap sandals, earrings and bracelets by EF Collection and EFFY Jewelry, as well as rings by Sara Weinstock and Graziela Gems.

Mila Kunis hit the red carpet while attending STX Films’ presentation at 2017 CinemaCon at The Colosseum at Caesars Palace in Las Vegas on March 28, 2017Mila Kunis hit the red carpet while attending STX Films’ presentation at 2017 CinemaCon at The Colosseum at Caesars Palace in Las Vegas on March 28, 2017

Mila Kunis in a belted Brunello Cucinelli jumpsuit with ribbed knit bodice and poplin legsMila Kunis in a belted Brunello Cucinelli jumpsuit with ribbed knit bodice and poplin legs

We don’t know about you but these outfits made us want to try wearing culottes. We even spotted some cute pairs in our favorite stores. How would you like to wear these?

1. Rebecca Taylor Splashy Flower Print Culottes, $350.00 at Shopbop

Deep pleats and a wide-leg silhouette lend a relaxed feel to fluid, mid-weight crepe Rebecca Taylor culottes. A painterly floral print rendered in muted tones lends graphic versatility.

Deep pleats and a wide-leg silhouette lend a relaxed feel to fluid, mid-weight crepe Rebecca Taylor culottes

2. Tibi Escalante Stripe Pleated Pants, $795.00 at Shopbop

Deep pleats create a cool, swingy profile on these striped Tibi trousers.

Deep pleats create a cool, swingy profile on these striped Tibi trousers.

3. Solace London Cort Culotte Pants, $229.50 at Shopbop

These cropped Solace London pants have an exaggerated, wide-leg profile for dramatic volume.

These cropped Solace London pants have an exaggerated, wide-leg profile for dramatic volume.

4. Tibi Pleated Wide Leg Leather Pants, $1100.00 at Shopbop

Pleating accentuates the cropped, wide-leg cut of these leather Tibi pants.

Pleating accentuates the cropped, wide-leg cut of these leather Tibi pants

5. Whistles Allover Lace Culotte Pants, $255.00 at Shopbop

In this season’s modern length, these lace pants are sure to become a wardrobe staple.

Cropped, wide-leg Whistles pants in elegant lace

6. Issa Judy Wide Leg Pants, $270.00 at Shopbop

These creased ISSA trousers have modern proportions with a cropped, wide-leg profile.

These creased ISSA trousers have modern proportions with a cropped, wide-leg profile

7. Creatures of the Wind Proxi Culottes, $405.00 at Shopbop

Rich, substantial faille composes these Creatures of the Wind trousers, which cut a retro, wide-leg silhouette.

Rich, substantial faille composes these Creatures of the Wind trousers, which cut a retro, wide-leg silhouette

Who do you think looked best in culottes? Let us know by leaving a comment below!

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