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Wednesday, 9 October 2019

Autumn Restyle | Culottes when it's Cold

Autumn Outfit Ideas | Culottes in Fall | Fake Fabulous

Ahh culottes.
A bit like marmite.
You may love them.
You might hate them.

Either way, they don't seem to be going anywhere anytime soon.
Culottes are still a 'thing' for AW2020.

This is great news if you already have a couple of pairs in your wardrobe.
No need to pack them away.
They can be easily restyled for autumn/winter.

Autumn Outfit Ideas | Culottes in Fall | Fake Fabulous

Today I'm wearing a pair of culottes in an autumnal hue... which is handy because it's certainly autumn here in Scotland!

I'm pairing them with a fluffy jumper and a satin blouse.
Layers are (as always) key.

Long boots finish the look off perfectly, although you can't see that they are over-the-knee-long.
A long boot stops the culottes snagging on the top, which can be unsightly.
A longer boot can also do a great job of keeping you warm as well as stopping fabric-cling from your culottes.
An all-round good idea.

Of course, ankle boots would look great with this outfit too.

{Ankle boots could look a little more sleek and chic, especially in a darker colour and a neater fit.}

Autumn Outfit Ideas | Culottes in Fall | Fake Fabulous

Nothing in this outfit is NEW.

Everything is either past season, vintage, charity shopped or just plain old!

In case you didn't know, I'm on a shopping fast for at least 3 months and I'm going to be re-styling my current wardrobe contents for the foreseeable future.

I'm not going completely dry though!
Anything I do feel that I need (or maybe even want) I'll be getting from Charity shops or other secondhand/ preloved outlets.

CULOTTES: Boden... See them Styled in a different way HERE.
JUMPER: Laura Ashley (charity shopped)... I've had it a long time and wear it often but can't find it here at Fake Fabulous. I am surprised because I thought you'd be sick of the sight of it!
BLOUSE: Vintage... See it HERE and HERE. I also wear this blouse to work with jeans. Quite often!
BOOTS: Duo... see them worn HERE (with fur), HERE (full-on geek chic!), HERE (with a Fedora), HERE (with orange), HERE (with red), HERE (with neon pink and orange!) and HERE (with a little vintage dress)!.... phew.... I've worn them A LOT and there are actually more looks.
Search "Duo Boots" on the sidebar if you want to see them all.
BAG: H&M... bought a few weeks ago. My everyday autumn/winter bag for the season!

Autumn Outfit Ideas | Culottes in Fall | Fake Fabulous


If you're long of waist and short of leg a culotte might not be your best friend.
Let's be honest here, a culotte isn't even friends with those of us who are long of limb!

Culottes chop valuable inches off legs.

You can counteract the leg-chopping effect in two simple ways.
1. Match the colour of your footwear to the culottes. (e.g Grey culottes, grey tights and shoes, or long grey boots)
2. Wear a heel.

For even more oomph, do both!

If, even with these tricks, the culottes still don't do what you want them to forget them!
Swap them out for a shorter skirt (match your tights to your boots/shoes) or long wide trousers OR even wool/tweed shorts!
Whatever makes you happy.

Autumn Outfit Ideas | Culottes in Fall | Fake Fabulous

What will you be Re-styling this Autumn, and how?
I'd love to know!



  1. I love your bright red culottes! They look great with the long boots...and they keep your legs warm too!

    Emma xxx

  2. I am loving this theme. I have always really enjoyed your focus on bringing out of your wardrobe things you owned a nd not just using your blog to 'promote' stuff to buy. I have been swapping this year from mainly buying first hand to mainly buying secondhand and it's been such fun, and very freeing. Have bought shoes, swimming cossies second hand - all sorts of things I thought I wouldn't buy! I am still happy to buy new stuff occasionally - my proviso is that I must be intending to wear it 30 times, minimum, a la Liv Firth. It really focuses your mind.

    1. That's a great ethos Samantha.
      Wearing something 30 times shouldn't be impossible.
      I know some of my favourites are well past that milestone BUT I can always do better with others... and future buys.
      Thank you for such a great comment!

  3. That blouse is gorgeous! I love the long sleeves poking out below the sweater sleeves (a very 70s look that I like seeing come back around). I am over culottes after doing them for 5-6 years - now that they're a thing and everyone's wearing them, I feel like I should have hung onto them! Ah well.

    1. I love that 70's sleeve vibe Sheila!
      It's such a cool way to show off an interesting shirt/blouse.
      70's style has so much going for it.

  4. "Long of waist and short of leg" - that's me! No culottes. But love skirts and will style all the skirts I have, plus two vintage ones I ordered from Etsy and can't wait to get, with boots/booties or trainers all fall and winter long. It's still sandal and swimsuit weather here in Israel, but I can dream and plan, can't I? ��

  5. You rock your culottes and I love particularly these red ones, such a great color!. And also love the wise layering which shows your colorful printed shirt!
    Totally support the idea of being creative with things we already own!


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