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Street Style: Blue on Blue

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I love this monochromatic street style look. That color blue—let’s call it marine blue—more interesting than navy, not annoying like cobalt. I love the layering of identical shades of the pleated maxi skirt and cocoon coat; the black low cut booties sans socks complete the cool look. And the weather is mild enough right now to really wear it.

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Street Style: Fashion Week Copenhagen SS16

We’re well into the Spring/Summer 2016 fashion show season, but stepping back to the start of the season, here’s a look at street style shots from Copenhagen Fashion Week. As one would expect from Scandinavia, we saw a lot of simple, long silhouettes, and plenty of bicycles.

As for specific trends, Fashion Week SS16 in Copenhagen street style exhibited velvet, leather, fringe, tie-neck blouses, minimalism, black & white, turtlenecks, Victorian detailing, fur, athleisure, and moto.

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Shirt dress with an overlay apron, belted  leather blazer, and fringe poncho.

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Photo by Nabile Quenum  Vogue

White puffer with a matching bike.

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Photo by Szymon Brzoska  •  Style Stalker

Simplicity at its best with unstructured white dress + white tennis shoes. Bird optional.

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Photo by Nabile Quenum  Vogue

Fur and heels on wheels.

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Photo by Søren Jepsen  •  Vogue

Off duty models in buffalo plaid and cropped mock knit with long tailored shorts.

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Photo by Søren Jepsen  •  Vogue

Kimono style.

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Photo by Nabile Quenum  •  Teen Vogue

Sporty chic.

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She manages to make high waisted, pull-on pants work.

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Seventies gym shorts (with muscled 21st century legs) and leather bomber.

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Victoriana and cut-offs.

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Photo by Szymon Brzoska  •  Style Stalker

Matching everything in red; love the wood heels.

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Photo by Søren Jepsen  •  Vogue

Dorothy-esque gingham shirtdress and slides.

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Teen Vogue

Victorian blouse with pink pants, clunky sandals, and Oriental-inspired coat.

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Photo by Søren Jepsen  •  Vogue

Minimalism, even in eyelet, with matchinging slides.

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Photo by Søren Jepsen  •  Vogue

Practical rider in moto books.

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Photo by Søren Jepsen  •  Vogue

Denim dress, clutching Louis Vuitton.

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Photo by Søren Jepsen  •  Vogue

Voluminous culottes, textural top, and a serious link chain necklace.

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Photo by Louise Damgaard  •  WWD

Splatter print maxi wrap skirt paired with minimalist camel top.

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Photo by Szymon Brzoska  •  Style Stalker

Op art style.

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Photo by Louise Damgaard  •  WWD

Bohemian in velvet and Missoni? pants, dragging.

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Photo by Louise Damgaard  •  WWD

 And finally, the season’s must-have tie-neck blouse.

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Street Style: 15 Rompers Spotted On the Street

Rompers are childish, reducing women to presenting as toddlers. And how does one use the toilet? Must you disrobe entirely? I’m not saying these leggy girl women don’t look cute. On the contrary. I get the appeal of one-piece dressing. I’m just not sure we still need to be doing it. But clearly, that’s just me. Can you rock a romper? Kendall Jenner in the photo below admittedly looks quite polished. The young lady in the white gas station-like jumpsuit with white socks and sneakers, not so much. Thoughts?

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In Copenhagen via Harper’s Bazaar

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Kendall Jenner via Who What Wear

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The Blonde Salad

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Normcore style via New York Magazine

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Style Me Grasie

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Jamie Chung via People 

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via Elle

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via Glamour

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In Copenhagen via Harper’s Bazaar

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via Style.com

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Taylor Swift via Pop Sugar

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Street Style: 20 Culottes and Gauchos Made Stylish on the Street

Trend alert: There are simply too many street style photos of stylish bloggers, models, and editors wearing abbreviated and often voluminous bottoms to ignore it any longer.  But the question is, what do we call these short, wide pants—”culottes” or “gauchos”?

The Fairchild Dictionary of Fashion defines the split or bifurcated skirt as any garment which hangs like a skirt, but is actually pants.

Long, split skirts were developed for horseback riding in Victorian times so that women could ride like a man (side-saddle simply wasn’t practical). Later, split skirts were worn so women could garden, ride bikes, and such and still look like they were wearing a skirt.

In the 1970s, the trend came back into fashion, hailed as the more comfortable version of the former capri pant. This era also saw the introduction of the palazzo pant trend, which has a similar billowing silhouette, but which hangs to the floor.

Let’s set this straight—gauchos and culottes are cropped. If you’re referencing a flowing full-length pant, please call it a palazzo pant.

So that’s how the gaucho trend / culotte trend came into vogue, but are they the same thing? Glamour  says yes, gauchos and culottes are one and the same, and uses the terms “culottes” and “gauchos” interchangeably. WhoWhatWear calls them “gauchos” as does Lucky.  The Telegraph dubs them “culottes,” as does Elle, Marie Claire, Stylecaster, and Refinery29. Perhaps more importantly, moste street style images on Pinterest label these lush, calf-grazing wide pant/skirts as “culottes.”

The term “culottes” was co-opted from the original French definition of the word to describe these split riding skirts. As for tracing the term “gauchos,” Wikipedia’s gaucho entry only references the Argentine cowboy, not the clothing style. Dictionary.com defines gauchos, or gaucho pants, as wide, calf-length trousers based on the pants worn by South American gauchos. 

Unwilling to dig any deeper (I’m writing a blog post not a fashion thesis), I will concede that the term “culotte” and “gaucho” are synonyms. BUT, I am unwilling to use it as a blanket term for billowing pants that look like skirts. Use the term “gauchos” and “culottes” for split skirts. That is, pants on the wide side (a more tailored short trouser is just that, a cropped pant). Also, they must be cropped—below the knee, hitting the calf, or at least above the ankle.

I wore gauchos in junior high, but I’m not so sure about wearing the culotte trend now. These ladies wear them well. Below are 20 street style photos of style bloggers, editors, and influencers pulling off gauchos/culottes beautifully.

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Fashion consultant Yasmin Sewell in green culottes at Paris Fashion Week AW13.
Photo by Vanessa Jackman

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Blogger Alexandra Periera of Lovely Pepa in Madrid wearing a culotte
and colorblock look from Marks & Spencer’s Arts Trend collection.

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Blue wide leg culotte from Topshop.
Photo by Karen Blanchard/Where Did U Get That

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ASOS Fall 2014 Lookbook

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Model Laura Bailey at the Vogue UK Festival in pink culottes,
striped boucle jacket, “Breathe” tee, and blush sunnies.
Photo by Dvora.

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Style blogger Olivia Gold wears leather culottes by Zara,
Alexander Wang x H&M top and Stuart Weitzman sandals.
Photo by Paul Akinrinlola

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Editor-in-chief of Costume Norway Hege Aurelie Badendyck
wearing spotted drawstring culottes by Acne.
Photo by Adam Katz Sinding

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Parisienne Camille Charrière of style blog Camille Over the Rainbow
in London for the SS14 shows wearing voluminous white culottes from Tibi
paired with a Zara top, Jimmy Choo sunglasses, and Joseph cut-out boots.
Photo by Diego Zuko

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Kate Hudson in Alice + Olivia culottes.

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Danielle of style blog We Wore What pairs Zara black leather culottes
with an H&M tank and Guess? lucite and snakeskin slides.

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Style blogger Blair Eadie of Atlantic Pacific goes bow crazy in Tibi culottes
with a matching shell over a black Vince turtleneck.
Heels by Gianvito Rossi and sunglasses by Karen Walker.

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Camille Charrière of style blog Camille Over the Rainbow
during NYFW SS15 in black culottes with
boxy grey sweater, flats, and a fringed clutch.

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Culottes with a shearling-lined moto jacket at NYFW SS15.
Photo by Victoria Adamson

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Journalist and jewelry expert, Avril Groom, at London Fashion Week
wearing Whistles culottes, J.W. Anderson printed blouse,
Schumacher coat, Dior sneakers and Louis Vuitton tote.
Photo by John Nguyen  •  Telegraph

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Jenny Kennedy, Junior Fashion Editor of ES Magazine,
wears blue culottes by Whistles and a black turtleneck by Wolford
accessorized with sparkly cobalt chain strap bag by Jimmy Choo,
and white and silver metallic oxford shoes by Marni.
Photo by John Nguyen  •  Telegraph

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Danish street style star Pernille Taisbaek in black culottes,grid print top
and contrasting grid ankle socks, topped with a fur.

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White culottes with a white crop top and pointy pumps at Paris Fashion Week.
Photo by Tim Regas/@wheresmydriver

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Blue culottes with sensible tassel loafers during Fashion Week.
Photo by YoungJun Koo/I’M KOO

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Joseph‘s Social Media Editor Monica Ainley in leather marsala culottes
paired with a boxy top, peep-toe mules, and colorblock Céline clutch.
Photo by A Love Is Blind

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 Black gauchos worn with knee socks and colorblock scarf
at the Spring 2015 couture shows.
Photo by Jonathan Daniel Pryce  •   Vogue

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Style Right Now: 28 Ways to Wear Fur Coats

Fur coats aren’t just for the society set. Fur coats and jackets (both faux fur and real fur) are showing up in outfits of every incarnation, well beyond the milieu of ladies who lunch. Off-duty models in particular favor the fur coat trend, along with fashion bloggers and street style stars in general. Rather than breaking out the mink to attend the opera, modern fur coat enthusiasts favor shaggy fur coat styles shrugged on over denim (torn jeans? even better), leather leggings, and if you’re Jenna Lyons, perched on your shoulders while gliding through the city in a feather ball skirt.

The fact is, fur is warm. If you can rock the fur coat trend, especially in Boston, life is a lot more comfortable. I have friend who wears her grandmother’s hand-me-down furs along with vintage fur coat finds, all over Boston in winter. Back when I first met her, about ten years ago, I found this a novel concept. Clearly she was ahead of her time. (Or rather, given her proper lineage, carry on tradition, but with a twist).

I remember when I was around seven, thinking a rabbit fur coat was the height of style. I could probably get away with the look now. I’d certainly pair my (theoretical) fur jacket with my winter beanie, like some of these street style specimens. Have you seen the crazy multicolor chevron fur jacket by Elizabeth & James? It exceeds my wildest childhood dreams.

I may be wrong, but it seems all the fuss over not wearing fur and resulting proliferation of faux fur coats and jackets has quieted down. Perhaps PETA quelled the population of its animal killing inclination (unlikely). Rather, what I perceive to be decreased interest in the cause is more likely the result of public boredom. Or simply the fascination with fads and trends have prevailed.

Here are 28 ways to not only wear fur coats, but rock the fur coat trend wholly and fully.

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Portable Package blogger Irina Lakicevic of Norway goes for seriously shaggy shearling jacket by Karl Donoghue (kind of matches her tousled locks) over deceptively casual denim (Saint Laurent hi-rise skinnies & Ralph Lauren denim shirt). And a tiny sliver of a clutch.

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Model Joan Smalls strikes a pose in a  black leather and fur jacket with contrasting fur sleeves (and a leather men’s style vest – ick) after the Chanel haute couture show in Paris. The plaid flannel shirt underneath is a nice, rugged touch.

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Off duty model Daria Strokous during New York Fashion Week in black leather leggings and sumptuous fur parka with Nanouk style hood. I kind of want to crawl in there with her.

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Off duty model in emerald green fur coat during New York Fashion Week Fall 2015. Could a mere mortal pull off green fur? I wish I could. Color certainly puts an interesting twist on the fur coat trend. (CollageVintage)

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This blue faux fur coat has sporty varsity style but kind of looks like a rug. (Stockholm Street Style)

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I could get on board with this style blogger who throws on shaggy grey fur over leggings, gray Converse, neon yellow handbag, and messy bun. (Frassy)

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Nicole Richie is perfect and polished in luxe fur coat, black cashmere turtleneck and beanie, and glam cat-eye sunglasses.

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Olivia Palermo sports a black fur vest, Hermes exotic skin clutch, and pristinely polished red fingernails.

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Model Carolina Thaler after Dolce & Gabbana in Milan in February 2013. Dark lips and peep toe booties give her patchwork fur jacket street cred. (Models Jam)

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This shaggy white fur jacket looks like it would work over any outfit. I kind of love how she’s wearing luggage colored boots, instead of the obvious black with black. I’d never have thought to do that. (Carolines Mode)

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Looks like an Olsen twin, but actually it’s fashion blogger Maja Wyh wearing Ralph Lauren denim, the longest shirt ever, and a luxe vintage fur coat. Oh yes, and the must-have accompaniment to fur—barely there kitten heels.

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Olivia Palermo sure loves the fur coat trend. Here, she pairs a gray and white fur jacket with distressed denim skinnies. Looking amazing as always.

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Statement maker Jenna Lyons attends Solange Knowles’ wedding in a sweeping feathery skirt and fur jacket worn over her shoulders, natch. (Elle)

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Super shaggy black fur. I love how her swept back bun echoes the lines of the fibers. A red lip, pastel blue fingernails, and she’s done.

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A white faux fur coat dyed with random burgundy and turquoise markings by Maison Scotch.

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Fashion editor and street style star Julia Sarr-Jamois on The Strand in London wearing a fabulous multi-color fur jacket that’s as haphazard as her gorgeous hairstyle. Casual perfection. (Photo by Mike Adrell/flypublic)

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Australian model/musician Abby Lee Kershaw is looking a little annoyed. Is her black and grey fur coat not keeping her toasty?

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Shaggy aqua fur jacket over gingham dress and grey tights. So totally cute. So Julia Sarr-Jamois. The fur coat trend to perfection.

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Sea of Shoes blogger Jane Aldridge grabs a fur stole that’s almost as bright and shiny as her hair. Clutch by Carlos Falchi and an Aerosmith tee (that her mom borrows too).

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Monochromatic neutrals and a camera. A demure fur swing coat in Paris, March 2012. (Garance Doré)

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Ashley Olsen dons a white fur blazer style jacket over black, with an Hermes shoulder bag and a hair elastic ’round her wrist.

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Very shaggy white (as tousled as her hair) fur over black jeggings during London Fashion Week. (Teen Vogue)

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Why not wear chocolate brown fur jacket with a hoodie? Add vermillion beanie for extra warmth like fashion editor Alessandra Codinha. (The Sartorialist)

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The bright red beanie makes another appearance, this time paired with puffy gray fur jacket over a sweatshirt and jeans. (Harper’s Bazaar)

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