I admit, that while I totally rocked culottes the first time they came around, I was a little hesitant to try them again. But I have to say, that I really do love them, especially with all the short shorts every where I turn.

If you’re looking for cool shorts alternatives, I definitely recommend checking out culottes. Now, I’m not a huge fan of the denim culottes, but rather, the fun flowy kind that make you do a “is that a skirt?” double-take. I know a lot of women think they can’t wear them, but if you can find the right length and style for your body type (which yes, does mean trying on a few pairs), I think they’re super stylish and very cool. Here, 5 culottes options I’d love to have in my closet (and on my butt) right now.

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Women’s Culotte Pant

Cool shorts alternatives | Women's Culotte Pant

Hitting your local Target is a great way to try out a hot trend without making a huge budget commitment. These culotte pants are under $30 and are super flattering for different heights and weights because they’re a bit more tailored and cut just slightly below the knee. I’d say wear these with a loose¬†shirt tucked in at the front (like the model), a cropped cotton sweater, or even with a tucked-in t-shirt, jacket, and heels if you’re heading into the office. (Target, $27.99)
Pleated Culotte Pant

Cool shorts alternatives | Pleated Culotte Pant

If you still want to show a little leg this summer, I love these pleated culotte pants at Urban Outfitters. They’ve got a high, elastic-band waist to cinch you in, and quite honestly, I’m digging it paired with the matching tank (sold separately). You could dress this outfit up or down, and because they hit right at the knees, these are great for shorter ladies too. Just add a little heel, whether it’s a bootie or a wedge sandal,¬†and you’re good to go. (Urban Outfitters, $69)
Chino Culotte Pant 

Cool shorts alternatives: Chino culotte pants from J.Crew

Alright, so technically, these are probably more of a crop pant than a culotte, however, I wanted to include them since they fit in with this whole wide leg trend that’s happening right now, especially since most crop pants before this summer were all skinny. This style, especially when you wear it with a striped shirt, reminds me of a sailor, which I really do like, though admittedly is pretty preppy. You could easily wear these with flats or a wedge heel if you’re going out. To me, they scream summer in a classic way. (J.Crew, $98)

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Drapey Bermuda Shorts

Cool shorts alternatives | Drapey Bermuda Shorts

These culottes are a fun play on bermuda shorts, which are a staple for me in the summer. They actually look like a cute short skirt, but you know, without the worry of bending over to pick up a kid and giving the people behind you a show. Since these come with a belt, I’d suggest pairing with a tighter t-shirt or tank tucked in, and a flat sandal for running around in. And again, this shorter length is great for tall and short mamas.¬†(Gap, $39.99 on sale)
Gaucho Pants

Cool shorts alternatives | Catherine Maladrino gaucho pants

For something a little dressier, I’m all about these Catherine Malandrino gaucho pants, now on sale at Nordstrom. They’re perfect for the office or a date night, and are a very sleek alternative to a knee-length, A-line skirt. Certainly¬†something you can wear long after this trend is over. (Nordstrom, $58.80 on sale)

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