Putting the “COOL” in Culottes

I have been searching for an awesome pair of culottes for months now, afraid to buy online and not impressed with what I was finding in the stores. I wanted a quality pair in a great summer color for a perfect price point. THESE are them.

One of the few clothing stores Columbus is missing is Zara…thankfully, not for long! A brand new location will be opening in November at Easton. I’m counting down the days. So when I visited Cleveland, I knew I HAD to shop there. Rummaging through the endless racks of pants, I found these incredible hot pink, tie waist culottes on SALE! Needless to say, I’m completely obsessed with them and finding different ways to style them. Unfortunately they are not available online, but these ASOS ones are super similar, plus they come in petite and tall! This hot pink culotte jumpsuit from BooHoo is calling my name, too.

This outfit was perfect for meeting my friend for Sunday brunch in the Short North this past weekend. This crushed velvet and lace cami (similar here) balanced the blousy-ness of the pants without looking baggy, also while adding a feminine touch to the graphic trouser. Keeping with the feminine daintiness, I added these necklaces (mine is all one, but layer this and this for the same look) from Express to keep it current with the wide, matching choker look. Also from Express, my fav nude pumps, naturally. These are almost exact, and these are great if you have a wider foot (and under $35!).

Accessories are my vice. I added my favorite Victoria Emerson wrap bracelet (similar here, sparklier here), a pearl watch (a cute stacked bracelet version here), my favorite purple lensed Ray Bans (under $15 alternative!), and my Louis Vuitton Neverfull MM. I bought my bag pre-owned from SoHo Fashion Exchange and totally advise you consider pre-loved designer purses, too. This one is beautiful, but this one and this one are under $1,000.

Have you found a diamond-in-the-rough piece for your wardrobe this summer?

Easily shop the whole look here: http://www.shopstyle.com/collective/AmandaBloomBeauty/42914753