Need advice on how to wear the gaucho pants? This article will cover the simple tricks you need to know on how to style gauchos the right way.
Last spring and summer, street fashion enthusiasts were awed with the trending of culottes. They followed their favorite street style bloggers to document the many ways culottes could be worn.
But then culottes were updated into gauchos. It makes sense; culottes are too drapey and perhaps a bit challenging to layer for cooler days.
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Culottes vs Gauchos
Although culottes and gauchos are terms that are often used interchangeably, they´re not at all exactly the same thing. Culottes are women´s trousers that hang like a skirt but are actually pants. Gaucho pants are wide, calf-length pants with usually high waist cut that loosely tapers from the thigh until a few inches below the knee. It´s best to describe them as “cropped wide leg pants”.
So in other words, while culottes are split skirts that can be knee-length or midi, gauchos are wide leg pants that are cropped a few inches below the knee, around the mid-shin, or just a few inches above the heels.
How to wear gaucho pants in spring and summer
Textured Drawstring Gaucho Pants
In early fall or late spring, you can team the gaucho pants with a bright colored pullover, a pair of black, pointed-toe DÒrsay pumps, and a black fedora for a really effortless, stunning look.
If the temperature isn´t a problem in your area, you can swap the pullover with a lightweight button down shirt. Roll up the sleeves and tuck only the front hem of your shirt.
A pair of leather gaucho pants are difficult to find. But if you do find this rare gem, you can have fun wearing them with feminine printed tops, and sexy high heels or peep-toe booties in the summer. Not only that, you can also easily transition your leather gaucho pants for colder weather with knee-high boots and plenty of wool.
In summer, opt for light colored gaucho pants to pair with bright colored tops, and then finish the look for comfy slip-on flats. For a longer vertical line, it´s best to match the color of your flats with your gaucho pants.
How to wear gaucho pants in the fall and winter
Heritage Sailor Pant
In winter, layer your gaucho pants with a collared shirt and a ribcage sweater, complete with knee-high or mid-calf boots. This can be worn to work or to any business functions.
Here´s another chic look featuring gaucho pants that you can steal for the winter. Create a neutral colored outfit – beige cardigan sweater, white fitted top, beige gaucho pants (jeans or culdoroy), and brown leather, calf-length booties or knee-high boots. Needless to say, the length of your boots will depend on the length of your gaucho pants.
Of course you can also re-create this look with whatever pieces you have in your closet. Get creative!
Choose the Right Length
Since gaucho pants are cropped, it´s important to know the right length for your height. If you´re on the petite side, chose the gauchos that hit just a little under your knee or a little above your ankle. Steer clear from gauchos that hit exactly on mid-calf as they are known to make you appear even shorter.
Flannel Gaucho Pant
How to wear gaucho pants with boots
If you´re going to wear gaucho pants in cold seasons – late fall to winter, to early spring – you are going to wear them with boots. as I said earlier, the type of boots you´ll wear, and the their length, will depend on how long your gaucho pants are. However, the wider the legs of your pants, the more options you have when it comes to the boots.
Wearing a pair of bright pink gaucho pants is a fun way to inject vivid colors to your winter style. Worn with a red sweater and a black top coat, the result is fabulously stunning when completed with a pair of sleek, beige knee-high boots.
How to wear gaucho pants to work
A pair of black gaucho pants with clean lines can be worn to work too. This is more appropriate as a business casual look for summer. Worn with a simple three-quarter sleeves top and black pumps, you´ll get a smart, business look. However, if worn with boots for winter, I have an opinion that it´s not going to be very work-appropriate unless you work in a more creative field.
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But if you do choose to wear it with boots for work, stick with leather or suede boots that are simple and not trendy, such as the classic leather ankle boots.
Here´s another business casual look you can wear to the office with white gaucho pants. Pair it with a classic blazer and some leather smoking flats.
How to wear denim gaucho pants
If you have a pair of denim gaucho pants, go ahead and style it for a really eye-catching street look. Btw, this outfit was inspired by a street outfit that was spotted on one of fashion bloggers, I believe, attending a fashion show.
So for this look, layer your denim gaucho pants with a white v-neck blouse, a check blazer, and a pair of brown knee-high boots. The denim gauchos that I picked for this look is probably was longer for some knee-high boots, but if you have something that hits just a couple of inches below your knee, and the legs are a bit more flared, then the better.
Now these are the many ways you can wear gaucho pants, from summer to winter, and for casual or business affairs. Now your task is to find that perfect pair of gaucho pants.