WIW: Culottes (and K/T top)

I've had these culottes for a year, and only worn them once.  I realized that it's because I don't know what top to pair them with.

And this top is in the same boat.  I've had it years, and it doesn't really look like much on the hanger, so I keep forgetting about it.  But when I try it on to purge, I always like it and it stays.  But I don't know what to wear with it.  I keep thinking that it needs something the right beige color on bottom...

Anyway, I decided to pair the two orphans into a smart-casual outfit today, and I think it might work?  

What are your thoughts?  This top, in particular, should it stay or go?  And what else can I wear it with?

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18 Comments

  • Sterling replied 3 years ago

    I really like the combination.  It works great, in fact.  

  • Daria replied 3 years ago

    Any light bottoms would be great in my opinion. I think you showed pink cropped pants in one of your WIWs - they might work well together.
    And I really like how you styled it with the culottes too!

  • Astrid replied 3 years ago

    I think the two pieces work really well together! A combination worth repeating.

  • Elizabeth P replied 3 years ago

    I like this combo as well Amy.  Worth keeping the top just for this, imho.  But I also think it would work well with denim shorts, or jeans.  Or white/light bottoms. 

    Are the pieces navy?  I can't quite tell.

  • Karin L H replied 3 years ago

    I like this combo! And the top looks great, definitely keep I think!

  • Beth Ann replied 3 years ago

    This is terrific, Amy, and it looks very much in keeping with your style and your life.  The top is "boho-lite."  Perfect for the current trends, too!

  • shevia replied 3 years ago

    Works great - wear the culottes more often!

  • Joy replied 3 years ago

    I like this outfit very much as is. The top would be great with a white slim bottom piece. I seem to remember you wearing a white denim jean jacket. You could wear it with this top.

  • amiable replied 3 years ago

    Thanks everyone!  Now that I'm back home this evening, I see the coloring of the photos isn't very accurate.  But I did like wearing this today, and got compliments - so perhaps more true-to-life pictures next time I wear it!  :)

  • Marley replied 3 years ago

    Very cute outfit!  I think that both the culottes and the top deserve a place in your wardrobe.  I'd pair the top with denim bottoms - and the culottes would look good with any top that you can semi-tuck - or a cropped top.  What are your shoes BTW?  I love them!

  • replied 3 years ago

    Love both items Amy! I rather like them paired together and I can also see that top worn with many different bottoms like white jeans, blue jeans, crops etc. Those culottes are fab on you!

  • Aquamarine replied 3 years ago

    I really like this combination, at least from the colors I see on my monitor. I like the strucuture (bare arms) over the volume on the bottom. And you are tall, so I think you carry this look off very well!

  • amiable replied 3 years ago

    Thanks Marley!

    The shoes are old Munroes.  I got them at GoodWill and have had them for years.  They're comfortable - I can stand and walk 6+ hours in them - and they're my only somewhat dressy shoes that's true of :)

    Thanks also Diane and Aquamarine!

  • Maneera replied 3 years ago

    Oh I love this outfit! Consider these two orphans no more!

    The top in particular is very flattering on you. I love the V neckline and the print and have something very similar in black & white. I would wear the top with just about anything - your denim shorts, cropped pants and any white or light colored bottoms. In fact it might even look good with navy/ black bottoms if you aren't averse to pairing two dark colors together.

    And the culottes are simply fabulous on you. I love them. Wear them more often!

  • Meredith replied 3 years ago

    I think this looks great! I wonder if the culottes are tricky to style because of your preference for woven tops? Not saying they wouldnt work with wovens, but I always seem to wear mine with knits.

  • jackiec replied 3 years ago

    Definitely keep both. Love the top. Super versatile - jeans, shorts, semi tucked into anything. I think the culottes look great too!

  • Thistle replied 3 years ago

    I am so in love with this, but then, I wear something pretty similar ;)   I like how it's cool and comfy, on trend, but the darker colors keep in business casual.  I say wear it, love it, repeat!

  • rachylou replied 3 years ago

    Wear them just like this!

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