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As a petite person, I get a lot of interesting advice on how to dress. I’ve been told skinny jeans make me look like a lollipop. (This is probably somewhat true, but they also make me look much taller. I’ve heard that culottes (let alone a culotte jumpsuit outfit! The horror!) are the ultimate no-no because the awkward place they land on my calf will make me look short and wide. Oh, and that maxi dresses will never be the right length. Ever. (Which is just not true. I wear them all the time.) What I’m getting at here is that I’ve received a lot of crappy advice about how to dress, despite potential well-meaning intentions. I thought today I would break all the rules, because, well, I can.
How to Rock the Culotte Jumpsuit Outfit
What I’m Wearing
Jumpsuit: Target (sold out; similar in camel under $20, similar in denim under $100, with open back under $25, halter version under $35)
Jacket: ASOS (similar)
Hat: Alchemy Safari Hat in Camel c/o Brooklyn Hat Co.
Shoes: Target (similar)
Sunglasses: Miramar Sunglasses in Black c/o Stella & Dot
Bag: Shaffer LA Greta Small Bucket Bag via The Zoe Report Spring Box of Style
Necklace: Moonstone Orbit Necklace c/o Silver + Salt
Photography by Hilary of The Cutie Life
When culottes started making a comeback, I cringed. All of the horrifying memories of the gaucho pant from high school came back. I never had them, but boy did all of my friends. I did, however, try them on once and I remember the horrified looks and the ‘no way, those look terrible!’ giggles. So, I gave up my stretchy knit gaucho dreams and soldiered on in my denim capris. Womp womp.
Back in high school, I was much more self-conscious when it came to dressing. I definitely had my rebellious moments, though; I recall a certain mini skirt that I DIY-ed with patches and distressing that horrified my mom, and I promptly pulled up as soon as I got to school so that it was even more scandalous. Oh to be 14 again… But really, I was a pretty vanilla dresser (and still am, most of the time) and always played by the rules.
Playing by the rules all the time is boring, so I decided to give the culotte a try. And not just the culotte, but a culotte jumpsuit. Might as well go for two supposedly hard to pull off trends in one fell swoop, am I right?! When my order from Target arrived, I was a little nervous. I still wasn’t sure I could pull it off. But when I tried it on, something magical happened. I dug it. And even Dave gave it the nod of approval. (Not that he would ever tell me not to wear something, but he’s not the ~trendy~ type. Men.)
The real test came this weekend when I met up with some blogger friends. Were they going to think I looked like a lunatic? Or like I got lost on the way to Coachella and really shouldn’t be wearing this in public? I was relieved when they said, “That’s from Target?!” in the best way possible. So, it got the blogger nod of approval, and I was stoked.
I think the key for me in pulling off this jumpsuit really comes in how it’s styled. On its own, it’s a little different. Breaking the look up with a jacket (and also, to keep warm because it suddenly got chilly here and I’m not liking it!) and other accessories kept it looking modern. The thing about accessorizing a piece like this is that you can take it from looking like you belong at Coachella to a casual weekend to an edgy night out in 30 seconds flat.
To keep up the bohemian vibes, I opted to pair the denim jumpsuit with a hat from Brooklyn Hat Co. Hats are one of those accessories that can be a little nerve-wracking to wear, but I feel like this one is one that nearly any girl could rock. The brim is flexible enough to add a free-spirited vibe but structured enough to look put together. The unique feather and leather trim add a nice natural element to the overall look and keep it from looking too stuffy or too much like a cowboy hat. (Which there’s nothing wrong with, but isn’t my aesthetic.)
To finish off the look, I opted for subtle accessories. With a lot going on with the cut of the jumpsuit and the hat, I didn’t want to grab a statement necklace. Instead, I opted to pair this look with the beautiful Moonstone Orbit Necklace from Silver + Salt. Silver + Salt is a local jewelry maker here in Seattle. All pieces are handcrafted with semi-precious stones, and absolutely gorgeous. When I opened this package (that they were kind enough to send me), I gasped. The Moonstone is so unique and adds a nice contrast from the dark metal. I can’t wait to pair this piece with so many other outfits, as it will go with nearly everything. To keep up with Silver + Salt, be sure to sign up for their email list to be the first to find out about special offers. (Plus, who doesn’t love to support local makers?!)
Have you created a culotte jumpsuit outfit of your own yet? Are culottes on your radar for spring and summer? I’d love to hear about how you’d style them in the comments!
I am dying for this outfit! I have been toying with the idea of getting one and now I’m sold. Looks darling on you, Jenn!
Aw thanks Portia! You should definitely get one, they’re so fun to style!
You look so fabulous! I’ll admit I’ve stayed away from jumpsuits because of the petite thing…. they’re way too long! Maybe if I can find one like this.. ha
Aw, thanks so much Kaeleen! I’ve found that jumpsuits with cuffed bottoms are also great for us that are petite. You can always roll elastic under so that it looks like a normal hem!
Totally agree with you, culottes and jumpsuits both work on petites. You just have to find the right ones for your body. You look great in this one! I grabbed a pair of culottes from
Ann Taylor Petites…waiting impatiently for them to arrive in the mail!
Absolutely true! I’ll have to check out Ann Taylor for culottes. Hope they’ve arrived and worked out for you! :)
Ya seriously, good job Target! You look awesome. I’m still in the unsure side of the fence with culottes and jumpsuits for myself but I want this outfit.
Aw thanks girl! You can borrow it if you want ;)
Such a mod look! I LOVE it with that hat!
Aw thank you Mandi!
You look great! I have two pairs of overalls but culottes just remind me of homeschool moms from my youth but this one is so stylish and looks retro in a good way.
Thanks so much, Catherine!
Well done on styling this, it looks great on you :)
Can’t wait to read more of your outfit posts!
Aw thank you Albertine!
Some fashion rules are overrated anyway, LOL! You go girl – you look fabulous and it looks like it was made for you! I love how you paired it with your with your heels, hat, and bag. LOVE! !! Thanks for sharing! -xx Anna
Thanks so much Anna! Totally true, sometimes fashion just shouldn’t have any rules! ;)
You look great, that culotte jumpsuit is such an interesting piece and I really like the shoes.
Thanks so much!
I really love this jumpsuit on you! I tried on an old jumpsuit I found in my closet last week and it was dreadful…the silhouette highlights my chubby middle :( BUT… This cute cut gives me hope Lol
Oh no, I hate when that happens. I’ve had the same experience with a pair of pants I bought this time last year. Amazing how much our bodies can change in a short period of time, but it just means you can go shopping for even better things! ;)
To think you almost didn’t pull this outfit out! I’m so glad you did; it’s perfect! What a fun outfit and day. xoxo
Haha, I know right?! And it ended up being my favorite that I’ve posted in awhile!