10 best culottes

Step into spring with a chic, cropped pair

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Culottes are here to stay and with so many styles to choose from this season, there will be a pair to suit your shape. From denim to leather or lace, here are our favourites. 

1. Mango cropped palazzo trousers: £35, Amazon

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Pink is still firmly on the fashion radar and we love it on this comfortable pair from the Spanish brand in a flowy, textured fabric. There are flattering pleats on the waist, with a chic bow detail. Also available in black, ochre and red.

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2. River Island blue denim dip dye raw hem culottes: £38, River Island

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If you like denim, try this wide-legged option. They have big pockets on the sides and contrasting dark blue raw hems. They’re more casual than some on the list but can be dressed up with heels. 

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3. MSGM denim culottes: £150, Browns Fashion

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Relive the seventies with this pair of artfully faded denim culottes from the Italian label. They’re a relaxed fit, so think a wide leg, finished off with some statement fringed hems. 

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4. George J. Love 3/4-length trousers: £75, Yoox

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We’d team these sports luxe-style trousers with a pair of slip on trainers. There’s a matching jacket in white for the full-on monochrome look. 

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5. Zara pleated front culottes: £39.99, Zara

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Combine two trends in one with these front-pleated culottes in an eye-catching red shade. Balance with wide, floaty leg with a tucked in tee. 

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6. Jigsaw leather culottes: £298, Jigsaw

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After a leather pair? Our favourites are these minimal looking ones from the high-end high street brand. We like the fact they’re in spring appropriate navy rather than more obvious black. 

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7. H&M patterned culottes: £29.99, H&M

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Florals and spring are obvious bedfellows. We like this pair adorned with flowers in blue hues and with a crease on the leg. If it’s occasion wear you’re after, get the matching top, too. 

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8. Self Portrait paisley culottes: £200, Self Portrait

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London-based Self Portrait counts Rachel McAdams and Maisie Williams among its many celebrity fans. It aces occasion wear, and the latest collection includes some alternative to dresses, including these chic high-waisted paisley culottes. They’re lined at the top and the nude colour is easier to wear than you think. 

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9. Monki lara culottes: £40, Monki 

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Go metallic with this striking silver pair, raw-edged pair that will add a bit of disco to your day (or night).  

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10. & Other Stories creased wool-blend culottes: £65, Stories

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Here’s a tailored pair in a luxe-feeling wool blend. The sharp creases make them an ideal work-wear option and the fabric is a good one for those tricky transitional days where you still need a bit of warmth. These also come in black. 

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Verdict

For their spring-appropriate colour and flattering shape, we love Mango's palazzo trousers. If denim is your thing, try MSGM's seventies-inspired style.

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