Consumer Fashion Guest posts | May 6th 2018

How to Wear Cropped Trousers and Culottes | Lydia Tomlinson

The temperamental weather we experience in the UK often leaves us wondering how we should dress. Fashion blogger Lydia Tomlinson is here to tell us what to wear for the transitional months, focusing particularly on cropped trousers and culottes. These are a huge trend right now so it’s definitely worthwhile getting some tips and tricks on how to wear them.

As the summer months approach and we shed our winter faux furs, the biggest task we’re often faced with is: What do I wear today? Fickle? Absolutely! But is this the situation we all find ourselves in most days? Definitely…

Living in the UK provides us with daily weather predicaments. It’s quite tiring really, all the faffing around, throwing skirts on and realising that the strong breeze isn’t going to warrant anything ruffled or wrapped, which is why we love trousers. Ye old faithfuls that we can now rely on without worrying about fake tanning (or lack of), the bruise on our leg from dancing around the kitchen or indeed, the weather conditions.

Trousers make up 80% of ‘bottoms’ in my wardrobe. Leathers for winter, maybe some wide legs for going out, but now it’s time to introduce some SS18 updates in the shape of culottes and cropped trousers. From a few rounds of Aperol spritz’ with your friends on a Friday night, to relaxed Sunday brunching, here are the trousers you’ll need to guide you through every summer occasion…

The Occassion

Summer weddings, parties and events are all well and good but when you’ve exhausted that one killer dress you wear to everything, where do you go from there? Culottes in a stiffer material in a light or pastel shade tick the boxes of being dressy but cool. Styling them with a pretty blouse or matching structured blazer elevate the look to become more formal. Finish it off with kitten heels and this season’s most sought after accessories – a pair of statement earrings and wooden structured bag.

Get the look:

ASOS Design Tailored Blazer and Culotte With Contrast Button Suit £55 (Jacket) and £35 (Trousers)

Tan Large Wooden Structured Bag £35 at Pretty Little Thing

Marsha Closed Toe Espadrille Wedges £59 at Office

The Casual Drinks

Light-weight culottes in a pattern or colour, look great paired with block-heel sandals, tee and blazer. For bonus style points, a co-ord set looks chic with a white tee and a cross body bag. If you fancy something plain on the bottom, opt for denim culottes in a neutral shade and dress them up with a ruffled gingham blouse. Slip on some casual heels and you’re good to go! Now where’s that elderflower G&T…?

Get the look:

Mango Stripe Double Breasted Relaxed Jacket £59.99 at ASOS

Mango Stripe Relaxed Trousers £35.99 at ASOS

White 100% Organic T-Shirt with Twist Detail £25 at ASOS

Light Brown Suedette Mules £19.99 at New Look

We loved this look on @lissyroddyy and thought the way she styled the suit for a more casual, daytime look is perfect.

Photo source: @lissyroddyy

The Off-Duty Days

We all need those outfits that are comfortable, but still look on trend – perfect for having brunch with the girls. Wedges are the easiest way to dress up a casual slogan tee and cropped trousers, whilst still being completely comfortable. Alternatively, switch to optimum comfort in this season’s chunky trainer with slouchy culottes.

Get the look:

ASOS Design Mix & Match Culotte with Tie Waist £25 at ASOS

Pink Chunky Lace Up Trainers £42 at River Island

Sisley Lightwear Knit £50 at ASOS

We can’t get enough of this look on @thedaydreamings. The pastel pink jumper with the white trousers is so elegant, combined with the chunky trainers which tone the outfit down for daytime chic.

Photo source: @thedaydreamings

Let’s get to the main bit… How to do we get the clothes to us? As a blogger I can’t count the amount of deliveries I’ve not been in to sign for, which means having to slug off to a depot miles from home, find a ‘safe’ place to leave a parcel and risk losing the items or get my grandma to come and wait in for the delivery (yes, this happens!!!).

Shopping with CollectPlus couldn’t be easier for me with its click & collect service. You order your items from one of the 350 retailers they work with, to a location convenient to you. There are over 7,000 locations across the UK, which are all open ‘till late, meaning you can pop in after work and save the hassle and embarrassment of skulking around to your neighbour and thanking them for accepting another ASOS parcel!

If you decide that the items you have ordered don’t suit you, or maybe it’s the wrong size, just return them to a CollectPlus store near you at a time that’s most convenient. 

May 6th 2018 - by @CollectPlus