Is it just me, or is anyone else excited to see the comeback of gaucho pants? Or is it culottes? Whatever they are called, I just love them. To me, they are the perfect fusion of practicality and flirtiness. They look strong, yet feminine and can be worn so many stylish ways.
What’s in a name?
Gauchos are wide, calf-length trousers modeled after the pants worn by South American gauchos (cowboys). They usually have a high waist cut and are loosely tapered from the thigh until a few inches below the knee. Gauchos have been fashionable for women since the 1950’s, when ladies wanted a little more room for their legs, while maintaining some sense of style.
Culottes are described as women’s trousers, usually knee or calf length. They have a full cut to resemble a skirt. They hang like a skirt, but are actually pants.
During the Victorian Era (mid-to-late 19th century), divided skirts (bifurcated skirts) were developed for horseback riding, and later provided women more freedom for activities like gardening, cleaning, and bike riding. Culottes had the functionality of pants, while still looking like dresses.
Look how far we have come, since the days of Queen Victoria.
Flats, heels, boots, or sandals. Dressy, casual, or sporty. A little longer, a little shorter…it’s up to you. So chic, so wearable. That’s why I love those ‘whatchamacallits.’
Please write a comment (below) and tell us how you wear your gauchos. Or if you have questions about styling, send them on. We’d love to hear from you.
I have a pair of cuffed black gauchos. I’m always unsure what to wear with them. Should it be a structured and not flowy kind of top? And would they look good with tall boots? I always feel like I should wear some kind of heel with them.