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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.


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


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


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


ASOS Fall 2014 Lookbook


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


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


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


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


Kate Hudson in Alice + Olivia culottes.


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


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.


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


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


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


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


 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: 20 Street Style Looks from New York Fashion Week Spring 2015

The last time I went to New York Fashion Week, as I may have mentioned, it was the mid ’90s, the height of grunge, and the advent of the Internet. New York street style simply what people wore to go about their days, not what they wore to secure snaps by street style photogs.

It’s hard to believe looking at my mostly sedate life in Boston now that I attended that Marc Jacobs fashion show at the Puck Building (not to mention so many other way cooler than me events at studios and loft spaces from places like AESNYC.com), snapped photos with Amber Valletta, and interviewed Donna Karan on the runway.

It’s of course a whole different circus now, with New York street style ranking nearly as high in importance (if not more for certain bloggers and hanger-on-ers), than the designers’ carefully orchestrated fashion shows themselves.

I’ve garnered a handful of decent show invites for New York Fashion Week over the last couple of years, and am thinking that maybe (maybe) next fall I might make the fashion pilgrimage. (But can I get MY New York street style look up to par?) In the meantime, I rely on the plethora of fashion week street style imagery online, from which I’ve pulled 20 looks. These are not over-the-top extravaganzas, but tasteful, on-trend ensembles.

I’ve included lots of identification notes and some commentary on these New York street style shots, along with some excellent shopping resource links, so definitely click through to my affiliates when the look or the personality appeals. Happy fall, or Spring 2015, I should say.


Former ELLE Accessories Director Kate Davidson Hudson, who founded The Editorialist last year, reveals her flat tummy with a peekaboo mock turtleneck crop top. Are flares back in? Navy blazer with gold buttons draped over the shoulders brings a touch of classic prep to Fashion Week.
Tim Regas / Instagram user wheresmydriver  •  via FabSugar


Alexa Chung in Marc Jacobs pink vinyl pencil skirt , Tabitha Simmons perforated lace-up ankle boots,  Mark Cross Grace box bag, and a polka dot blouse.  But what’s with the belt around her neck?


Belgian model Hanne Gaby Odiele pairs a Sacai  blue plaid skirt with a white perforated sweater, and finishes with white Dr. Martens T-Bar shoes.
Photo by YoungJun Koo/I’M KOO  •  The Cut/New York Magazine


Megan Hayes (don’t actually know who she is) goes for the elastic waist pants trend. A ladylike top and platform sandals keep her from channeling the frumpy Midwesterner.
Photo by Diego Zuko  •  Harper’s Bazaar


Lucky Editor-in-Chief Eva Chen in a loose-fitting (she’s pregnant) printed, off-the-shoulder (a style she favored all week—ick) dress by Rebecca Minkoff.
Photo by Phil Oh  •  Vogue


Blogger Camille Charriere of Camille Over the Rainbow wearing a boxy sweater, midi skirt, pointy flats, and fringe-y clultch.
Photo by YoungJun Koo/I’M KOO  •  The Cut/New York Magazine


Jane Keltner de Valle, Fashion News Director at Glamour, goes for a full-on sweatshirt over longish skirt with oversize polka dots.
Photo: Getty / Melodie Jeng  •  PopSugar


J.J. Martin, Editor-at-Large of Wallpaper Magazine, in flatform sandals and geometric print Prada dress that she apparently wore from morning through evening, a noteworthy feat not often practiced during Fashion Week.
Photo by YoungJun Koo/I’M KOO  •  The Cut/New York Magazine

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Lina Toll (not sure who she is) sporting the checked trend in a Dondup dress, paired with Prada combat boots and a splatter print (or is that a floral?) clutch.
Photo by YoungJunKoo/I’M KOO  •  The Cut/New York Magazine


Blogger Camille Charrière of Camille Over the Rainbow in Adidas tee and Stella McCartney flatforms. Love the sporty, edgy leather gym shorts and again, that fringe-trimmed clutch. I wonder if it’s the Valentino Zodiac fringe clutch?
Photo by YoungJun Koo/I’M KOO  •  The Cut/New York Magazine


J.Crew creative visionary Jenna Lyons in distressed white khakis (a fashion week trend), white tee, her signature jacket over the shoulders, and pastel iridescent Nike sneakers. Want? You can find a (pricey) pair on eBay here.
Photo by YoungJun Koo/I’M KOO  •  The Cut/New York Magazine


The plaid schoolgirl midi skirt, this time with a tucked in, fitted top instead of a baggy sweater.


Zanna Roberts Rassi, senior fashion editor of Marie Claire, is wearing this season’s butterfly Valentino dress.
Photo by YoungJun Koo/I’M KOO  •  The Cut/New York Magazine


It’s normcore all right. Basic blah, but still stylish. Could those medium wash jeans be any more nondescript? Back in February, The Cut described the look like this: “Clad in stonewash jeans, fleece, and comfortable sneakers, [art kids and middle-aged, middle-American tourists]  looked like they might’ve just stepped off an R-train after shopping in Times Square.” Of course, this is a ridiculous trend unless you’re an edgy European and/or a model. YOU will look like the frumpy tourist.
Photo by YoungJun Koo/I’M KOO  •  The Cut/New York Magazine


Fashion editor/stylist Giovanna Battaglia wears a splatter print mini with gilded accents, including metallic gold stripe tee, metallic gold sneakers, and metallic gold fringe clutch. (Fringe = trend.)
Photo: IMAXtree •  The Fashion Spot


Boston native and former Vogue editor Meredith Melling Burke shows a glimpse of tummy in her crop top. Are wide leg trousers really back in? Some looked like they were wearing gauchos. Oucho.
Photo:  Getty / Daniel Zuchnik  •  FabSugar


Around In Style fashion blogger Martha Graeff plays with proportions in a long sleeve crop top and ball skirt. I’m not a fan of the crop top, but these ladies are (mostly) pulling it off. You probably shouldn’t try it though. I love a ball skirt; try that instead.
Photo: Getty / Timur Emek  •  PopSugar


The Blonde Salad blogger and fashion designer Chiara Ferragini in vermillion trousers, crop top, black velvet slip-on sneakers, and YSL Monogram Tassel handbag.
Photo: IMAXTREE / vincenzo grillo  •  PopSugar


Told you distressed white khakis were a trend. She somehow manages to look elegantly Audrey though, despite the holes.
Phot by Tim Regas / Instagram user wheresmydriver  •  PopSugar


Another voluminous off-the-shoulder concoction, this one worn by the Man Repeller herself, Leandra Medine. Black and white striped, off-the-shoulder (any lower and she’ll be indecent) blouse by Rosie Assoulin, casual shorts, white trainers. (I’m English now.)
Photo: Getty / Daniel Zuchnik  •  PopSugar

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Style Right Now: Birkenstocks Revival

Not at all the granola type, I never even considered Birkenstocks. Even during ’90s grunge, which I wholeheartedly embraced (after all, as a fashion editor in New York, I was at those runway shows), Birkenstocks were not on my style radar. They were shoes worn by people in Oregon. To me, Birkenstocks were the shoes of guys with long hair and thick wooly socks. No thank you.

I’ve stuck to that for the last twenty years, even as the social currency for hikers, makers, and locavores has risen. But now . . . Well, looking at these street style shots of indisputably elegant, chic, and just plain cool women, I’m re-thinking the Birkenstock. Maybe.

Birkenstock sandals hail from Germany, though to me they have a Dutch aesthetic. I must admit its minimalist vibe with these equally streamlined outfits. Should I?


Kate Moss In Vogue 1993 Wearing Birkenstock Sandals

Kate Moss wearing Birkenstocks with white jeans
Photographed by Corinne Day for Vogue, 1993
















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Mary Kate And Ashley Olsen Wear Birkenstocks

Ashley Olsen in black Birkenstock thongs
The Osen twins in Birkenstocks + socks (don’t do it)

R U N W A Y  R E V I E W 

Birkenstock Trends Marc Jacobs Celine SS13 SS14

Céine Spring 2013   |   Marc Jacobs Spring 2014

H I S T O R Y  L E S S O N 

The Birkenstock sandal of today was developed in 1964 by Karl Birkenstock, whose grandfather registered the brand in 1774 in Germany, where they are still made. They’re designed with contoured cork and rubber footbeds that conform somewhat to the shape of one’s feet. It became popular in the U.S. among 1960s hippies. In the early 199s the look was revived. (Wikipedia likens that trend, popular among high-school and college-aged Gen Xers, as comparable to the popularity of flip-flops today.) Birks showed up on European runways for Spring 2013. The Birkenstock sandal has now made its way to street style around the globe.

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Montage: 30 Kids Rooms with Teepees

Teepees, wigwams, play tents  (whatever you want to call them) have been trending for a rather long time.  However last week, the Wall Street Journal proclaimed them a trend:  Teepees: The New Urban Hideaway.  I’m not sure why a newspaper would be so slow to catch onto this (it’s not like there’s a three-month lead time). No matter, they’re still going strong. We had a refrigerator box playhouse for a while; admittedly not nearly as chic. But that was a dozen years ago.

The teepee is great because it looks good not only in a kids room, but in adult spaces too. As you can see from these 30 rooms with teepees, they work well in white Scandinavian interiors, minimalist black and white living rooms, nurseries with traditional childrens bedroom furniture, and of course colorful playrooms. You can even erect one outdoors.

I was obsessed with building forts as a kid, always enclosing my bunk beds with blankets, and wishing I had a way to hang a sheet from the ceiling. My kids, too, used to love taking all the blankets they could gather and draping them over chairs and ottomans to create fun enclosures. There’s definitely something satisfying, and practical too, about a kid constructing a hideaway on his own. That said, it’s also nice to have a ready-made private quiet space. Wonder if my boys are too big for one now?


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Photo by Lönngren Widell




L.A. home of fashion designer Jenni Kayne
Photo by Roger Davies for Architectural Digest

Nursery With Teepee Style Files

Home of architect Clare Cousins
Photo by Sean Fennessy  •  The Design Files


Sukha Amsterdam  •  Vosgesparis

My Bedroom Retreat Contest  Kids Room

Apartment Therapy’s My Bedroom Retreat Contest


Weekday Carnival


Pour Jolies Momes


Time of the Aquarius


Little Birds Boutique


Interjero Patarimai


Little Kind


Design Sponge


Design Sponge


Photo by Krista Keltnanen


Desire to Inspire


6th Street Design School


Aesthetic Outburst






Home of Minnie Mortimer
Photo by Claiborne Swanson Frank for Vogue.com




The Handmade Home


IKEA Family Live




Fawn Over Baby


The Design Files


Bolig Magasinet


Jute Interior Design


Photo by Christina Kayser Onsgaard for Bo Bedre

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Montage: 26 Rooms with Wood-Clad Feature Walls

Today I did a roundup on Design Milk of a dozen contemporary feature walls. Here’s an expanded version of 26 rooms with wood-clad feature walls. The array includes large sheets of wood to cover walls, like the first one below, as well as horizontal and vertical slats. Some have a clean, smooth finish, while some of the feature walls are more rustic, having been created from reclaimed wood boards. Our contractor in Florida suggested that along with the plywood floor we want to put down, we should cover the main wall too. It’s a good idea.


Photographer Frederick J. Uekert


Architect Flavia Gerab


Marianne Amodio Architecture

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 Vanni Archive Architectural Photography

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John Maniscalco Architecture




Pollen Architecture & Design •  Photographer Casey Dunn


Aerin Lauder’s Aspen home designed by Daniel Romualdez
Photographer François Halard for Vogue


William Massie
Photographer Karina Tengberg for Dwell

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Arent & Pyke  •  Lucas Allen Photography


Pollen Architecture & Design  •  Photographer Casey Dunn


Bower Architecture  •  Photographer Shannon McGrath

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 Studiomates office in Brooklyn photographed by Julia Robb


SHED Architecture & Design

Architectural photography from Austin, TX.

Miro Rivera Architects


Line Architects


Darren Palmer Interiors


Minarc  •  Photographer Art Gray


Fjall Lodge, Australia
Hecker Phelan & Guthrie  •   Salter Architects



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Slowpoke Espresso, Melbourne, Australia
Anne-Sophie Poirier of Sasufi


Photographer Angelita Bonetti for The Design-Files


Hilary Swank’s NYC apartment desigend by Mark Zeff
Photographer Simon Upton for Elle Decor


Briggs Edward Solomon


Briggs Edward Solomon

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