| August 27, 2013

There’s a new pant in town, and what we love most about it is that it’s not skinny, denim or primarily made of Lycra. Yes, the culotte pant is many things your leggings aren’t, beginning with sophisticated and ending with slightly androgynous.

Despite its roomy, hangs-like-a-skirt-but-is-actually-pants silhouette, it is tailored, waist defining, and leg-elongating so long as you find the right cut. (The kind that we’re honing in on spans from mid-calf to ankle grazing.)

READ: What to Wear with Leggings: 10 Polished Ways to Style the Tricky Staple

One of the most integral parts of their power is that they demand to be worn with heels, which means you have no excuse not to put your summer sandals to rest for the season. And whether you’re pairing them with a crop top for a night out on the town or going sleek in the office, they’re a statement-making trouser that’s blithely chic. It’s no wonder the cut was coined by the French.

As we yearn for fall, we’ve noticed that the e-commerce sphere is bereft of the breeches, so we’ve taken it upon ourselves to dig up the best hidden styles for transitioning from the inevitable Indian summer into autumn. From the pricey as-seen-on singer Rita Ora leather pair by Topshop to the end of summer polka-dotted steal, there’s a culotte for even the most discerning of bottoms enthusiasts.

ASOS Culottes
ASOS Culottes in Chambray Spot
Topshop Wide Leather Culottes By Boutique
Tibi Printed silk Crepe de Chine Culottes