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Street Style: Paris Street Style at Haute Couture 2016

Parisian haute couture collections are over-the-top; a showcase of the lush, sometimes outlandish, creativity with no cost spared. Interestingly, Paris street style surrounding the recent haute couture fall winter 2016 shows were quite wearable. While there are always those style bloggers and diva editors vying for attention, there were just as many sporting clean, sensible style that even you or I would wear.

Speaking of high end designers and attainable style, I feel like the designer x big box store collaboration scene has slowed. Stray pieces of Adam Lippes’ fall collaboration for Target are still around. They were quite wearable, but Adam Lippes is hardly avant garde to begin with. (Not a criticism by any means, just an observation.) Paris street style it is not.

One of the latest designer collaborations, Balmain x H&M was definitely more aspirational. Balmain’s creative director Olivier Rousteing’s bestie clique (Jenner, Hadid, Beiber) has boosted the long-standing brand into the spotlight. I wonder which designer will collaborate with Swedish chain next? 

I’m much rather see what real life taste makers are wearing than stand in a frenzied pre-dawn line for poorly made (albeit affordable) pieces. Here are the most wearable but still supremely stylish Paris street style looks spotted at the just presented fall/winter haute couture runway shows.

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Brazilian style blogger Helena Bordon wearing colorblocked Dior. Is that a crinoline peeking out the bottom?
via Pop Sugar

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Creative Director turned florist Taylor Tomasi Hill in a ruffled cape with statement making shoes.
via Harper’s Bazaar

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Style muse Olivia Palermo in her signature fur vest and sailor pants.
via Pop Sugar

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Colorful camo overcoat with a pajama top and skinny tie neck blouse.
via The Telegraph

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Australian model Alexandra Agoston in head-to-toe black. And FLAT boots!
via Harper’s Bazaar

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Vogue contributing editor Lauren Santo Domingo can do no wrong.
via Harper’s Bazaar

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Vogue UK editor Sarah Harris with white shoes that coordinate with those mighty wide cuffs.
via Harper’s Bazaar

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Model Soo Joo Park in skinny leather-like leggings.
via New York Magazine

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Fashion Director of Tank Magazine Caroline Issa is ladylike in a tie neck blouse, salmon pants and Victorian booties.
via Harper’s Bazaar

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Singer Caroline Vreeland (Diana V’s great grand daughter) in laser cut white with a black ribbon ’round her neck.
via Pop Sugar

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Starry goth chick.
via New York Magazine

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Green tie neck blouse and to-the-knee boots.
via Harper’s Bazaar

Street Style Paris Haute Couture 2016 Olivia Palermo

Olivia Palermo in black fur vest and tie neck blouse, untied. How does she make all those checks work so well?
via Harper’s Bazaar

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Harper’s Bazaar Germany editor Veronika Heilbrunner in bold stripes and ’90s style combat boots.
via Harper’s Bazaar

Street Style Paris Haute Couture 2016

Apartment by the Line boutique owner Vanessa Traina (and daughter of Danielle Steele) looks ladylike thanks to the skinny belt and barely there heels.
via New York Magazine

Street Style Paris Haute Couture 2016 Gilda Ambrosio

Gilda Ambrossio
via New York Magazine

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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, along with plenty of bicycles. That’s Copenhagen street style for you.

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

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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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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