pleated white cotton top with navy denim culottes and black boots

Building Layers :: Cropped Sweater & Denim Culottes

Hello, my friends! It seems that my love for culottes deepens with time as I find more ways to style them. In today’s outfit, I am experimenting with layers that have stiffer shapes, so when stacking up, they would form a tower / pagoda -like structure that is visually interesting and pleasant, or at least I hope so. ;Dcropped sweater layered with peplum blouse and culottes

In my last post about styling, I stressed that a good outfit would need harmony, as well as a bit of drama. In this case, harmony is accomplished through the play of shape: with the denim culottes being wide and loose fit, the whole outfit has three layers that steps to a tight-fit top and closed neckline. layered look with cropped top and denim culottesback view of denim culottes with white pleated blouse

Beside the contrast between two sides of the blouse, the open & close motion of the pleated side, supplies enough drama for the whole look. The rest of the outfit should be minimal, no loud pieces and overall color scheme is very neutral, to keep the structure of this look under lim light. My white Saint Laurent mini crossbody bag was chosen for the same reason. If a little plain crossbody was not an option, I would go with a minimalist tote or bucket bag like these by Mansur Gavriel or Bao Bao by Issey Miyake. mini cross body leather bag by Saint Laurent

As much as I have embraced the minimalist styles and the norm-core movement, I couldn’t resist but always sprinkle on something girly and elegant, such as these piped boots and those chandelier earrings. You can totally replace the heels with flatform sneakers or oxfords (have worn here & here), even Birkenstocks, as long as the color and style is somewhat dormant.cropped wide-leg jeans with black boots layered black and white look

Thank you so much for reading! Until my next post!

(Isa Arfen sweater<similar>r; Oak sleeveless blouse <similar 1 & similar 2>; Self-Portrait denim culottes <similar>; Gianvito Rossi boots; Saint Laurent bag; Dior sunglasses; Ippolita earrings <similar>)


6 comments on “Building Layers :: Cropped Sweater & Denim Culottes

  1. Erica

    Love how you balanced the wider bottom with a fitted upper half. Your play on proportions are always right on! And btw, I totally dislike norm-core lol! Show some freakin personality! Minimalist I can totally embrace though! And that’s my two cents!

    xoxo Erica

    1. petiteflower

      Hahaha, I am with you, E!

  2. Carrie

    Wonderful tips, H! You look great as always. Did I tell you I ordered a Bao Bao tote after seeing your bag? 🙂


    1. petiteflower

      Ohh, which one did you get? I like most of their styles, and the colors are gorgeous! Can’t wait to see you carrying your Bao Bao!

    1. petiteflower

      Thank you Kate! Not only culottes, even this whole looks is not for everyone, but I want to put things like this out encourage my reader (and myself) to keep “playing” with fashion and trends, after all, if that makes us happy, why not?