How I wear my black culottes

How I wear my black culottes




How I wear my black culottes



Culottes, divided skirts or whatever you choose to call them are another fashion trend I thought that I would test out. Culottes used to be one of my favourite clothing pieces many years ago. They are one of those cameleon items that can be easily transformed from day to evening with the addition of the right accessories.

They can look very smart for work teamed with a tailored blazer and equally at home for the office evening party with a simple top and some sparkly jewellery.

It was a very cold a blustery day when Mr. P took the above photos so I wore a chunky cream sweater in the first shot. The hat is there to stop my hair blowing all over the place. I am also for the first time wearing a pair of black heeled ankle boots. Not a look I normally go for as I find that they tend to be unflattering and shorten my legs. However in this instance I found that they added just the right edge to stop the culottes veering towards the frumpy.

In the second shot I have teamed the culottes with a simple cream top and wide black belt to add emphasis to the waist. The blue long line cardigan is there for warmth as much as for the look, although I think it adds a casual air. It was just too cold to take it off and show the sleeveless cream top on its own.


1st Image

My cream sweater is by Gerard Darel (I bought it on my recent trip to France) similar but with Vneck or similar with high neck. Black hat from my large collection similar. Black suede ankle boots.

2nd Image

Culottes as above. Sleeveless cream top by Zara. Long navy cardigan also purchased in France. Similar by Eileen Fisher (30%off) also their sheer hemp cardigan (50% off).

PS. For my winserlondon fans there are some great reductions on a selection of their key pieces here including the tunic I featured in my “What to pack for a visit to the British countryside” down from £150 to £99.


This is what culottes used to look like.


Culotte Butterick pattern







Linking up to Notdressedaslamb



  1. Pam@over50feeling40
    21st November 2015 / 12:02

    You look great in culottes…the perfect model!

  2. 22nd November 2015 / 00:49

    They look great on you! I remember that Vogue pattern. I probably used it to sew several pairs in my youth!!

  3. Susan G
    22nd November 2015 / 15:09

    I am skipping the whole culottes revival, but I think you’ve done a great job with them, particularly in the second photo. And I love your belt!

  4. Beata
    24th November 2015 / 19:41

    Josephine, I also have a pair! I love the first look! The turtleneck and a stylish hat are a perfect match to your culottes! Beautiful pictures 🙂 hugs x Beata

  5. Irene (Reni) E.
    15th December 2015 / 19:54

    I like culottes,too. I´ve got two pairs for summer. Having seen your pics I think I need one like yours, too. I´m happy of coming across your blog. I think there should be more blogs by women of mature age. I´m 64 and I started my blog ( this September. Best wishes!

I love to hear from you please leave a comment

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.

Sign up for new posts

And don’t worry, you can unsubscribe at anytime.

Disclaimer: Products featured on Chicatanyage sometimes (but not always) include affiliate links. This means that a small referral commission may be paid to the retailer (at no extra cost to you). This contributes to the cost of maintaining this blog including Hosting fees etc. Chicatanyage could not exist without these small payments so thank you for your contribution.