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Cold-Shoulders And Culottes

"The most courageous act is still to think for yourself. Aloud!" - Coco Chanel

Alright, let's jump on this Cold-shoulder trend real quick before it phases out and goes to waste in my wardrobe like the thousand and one pieces that were hot just a couple of minutes ago.

I mean, just a year or two ago, we were strutting about in crop tops baring our mid-riffs. Now, it's an anathema to own one, least of all, be caught wearing one.

Fashion is so beautifully dynamic but yet so ephemeral.

I've never really been one to bare my shoulders. Apart from the fact that my decolletage is awfully shy, my beauty bones are very beautifully prominent.

But, there's a first time for everything right? I'm even donning a choker for the first time ever. It's uncomfortable, (do you people eat with these things on?) but not bad.

Did you know that culottes have a feminist background? They became popular in Victorian England for allowing daring ladies to secretly wear shorts while it looked like they were wearing skirts.

Culottes are the trickier half of this ensemble so I'm going to focus on how to get them right. I'd be lying if I said that I didn't find them hard to style but here are a few tips to guide you;

  • Get the right fit. Apart from a properly cinched waist, it's important to get the right length. The most flattering pairs would usually end at the skinniest part of your legs. For most women, that's right above your ankle.

  • Pair with the right shoes. So you do not appear squat, maximize the amount of skin you're showing on your feet. Sleek sandals or any shoes that leave the top of your feet open are perfect. I would advocate for heels, but flats work too. Just make sure to get the right kind. The more your feet show, the longer your leg appears.

  • Pick the right top. Because the pants are very voluminous, it's advisable to show some skin above. A cold-shoulder top as featured here works perfectly. 

  • Keep it simple. This might sound like obvious advice, but it's important to not go overboard with accessories and multiple patterns/colors. Let the pants take all the attention.

I hope this was helpful. How have styled your cold-shoulder tops? Do you have any more tips on styling culottes? Do let me know in the comment section.

Until Next Time,
It's Tee

If you'd love to own an Ankara Cold-shoulder/Culotte set like the one featured in the post, do send us an Email with size details.

Photography by Emmanuel Eneji
Makeup by Kesiena Jessica


  1. I love the cullotes, though I'm not sure i could pull off the cold shouldet thinghy. But u look amazing as always.

    1. haha, there's always a first time. This was my first time too.

  2. You are absolutely gorgeous OMG!! I love the Ankara print and you better bare those shoulders girl!!

  3. Beautiful! I love love! I cant rock a cold shoulder cause of frequent bacne, howver i love it, i will think of adding culottes to my wardrobe, overall you killed the look! Nice Tee

    1. Thank you Bee. But,I'm certain we can find something that'll work just right for you.

  4. I Luv dearie. And u really need to hook me up wit ur tailor Asap.

  5. Gorgeous as ever. My fav stylist/client

  6. The cold shoulder n cullotes,r a YES for me I luvvvv, I think I cud try it

  7. First time on your blog, absolutely taken! The ensemble looks perfect on u, u have made a believer out of me and that's no small feat if I must say so.

    1. Thank you Jayne! I'm happy you're a beleiver now. lol. And I'm awfully glad you stopped by.

  8. The culotte is so beautiful and paired with almost a similar printed top is gorgeous. And great tips to have in mind when styling my outfit.
    Thanks for sharing

  9. I'm soo in love with this outfit , nice job!


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