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Gaucho Pants or Culottes

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Wide-legged crop pants, also known as culottes or gaucho pants, are a trend that can be tricky to style.  In doing a little research this weekend, I learned that the textbook difference between culottes and gauchos is that culottes have more fabric and the shape of a skirt, where gaucho pants have a wide-legged cut (usually a high waist too) but still look like cropped pants.  Technically, the pants I am wearing today are gaucho pants, but since the terms are used interchangeably I put both in the title.  Clear as mud?  Great!  Let's move on.  I remember that these wide-legged cropped pants were in style when I was in high school and I did not like them back then!  I did not wear heels regularly at that point in time, so I felt like this type of pant just made my 5'4" frame look stumpy.  Fast forward to now, when I have learned a thing or two about how to style outfits, and I am now ready to embrace this trend.  I recently purchased these Belted Wide Leg Crop Pants during a Banana Republic Friends & Family event in a size zero short.  The short inseam works out perfectly for me, because they fit like crop pants without any tailoring needed.  I tucked in a collared blouse and a striped sweater to maintain a slim line, and added simple nude pumps to help my legs look a bit longer.  I completed the outfit with a tan clutch and a bold nautical statement necklace.  Please scroll through for more of my picks for these comfy, trendy pants to style this spring.

Culottes: exact here
Sweater: old, check out this spring-perfect version here
Blouse: exact here
Pumps: exact here
Clutch: see all current colors here
Necklace: old, currently loving this pearl statement necklace
Watch: old, same style without crystal bezel here 
Ring: old, check out this statement ring (on sale under $16!)
Sunglasses: splurge on this Jimmy Choo pair or save on this Marc Jacobs pair (under $75!)
Nails: exact here

Check out my picks below for more culottes that are perfect to style this spring, priced for a range of budgets between $49 and $135:

How would you style a pair of culottes this spring?  Thank you for visiting my blog, don't forget to enter the $500 Nordstrom giveaway, and I hope you have a great week!

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