16 lightweight culottes to stay sweat-free and stylish this summer
Forget about shorts, these culottes can keep you cool in the summer heat
We love the sun and the little perks it gives us like the ability to devour an ice cream cone within seconds. But the one thing you can’t deny bugs us about the sweltering heat is the body sweat. It’s dreadful, annoying and honestly, we would all do better feeling a little breeze every now and then. Enter, the culottes.
They’re ultra comfortable, provide air circulation and often also make you look taller, which is a win for all petite girls out there. Look no further for your new culotte inspiration, we’ve handpicked our top 16 favourites to rock this summer heat in style.
Peter Pilotto striped satin trimmed cady culottes, US$767
Made from cady, this pair of culottes have a wide, breezy shape that allows for easy movement and air circulation. It comes with a gorgeous white and burnt-orange satin stripes at the side to elongate your figure and is a wonderful contrast of colours.
The contrasting detail extends to the stitching at the waist – so it’s best to wear this with your top tucked in. Available here.
These culottes from Vince have been cut from cotton-poplin and have an elasticated drawstring waistband that allows for a flexible fit. The sides have been spliced so you’ll feel even more cool and comfortable on the hottest days – perfect for Singapore’s climate. For the ultimate weekend brunch look, pair these with a simple plain or printed cami, a bohemian wicker bag and espadrilles. Available here.
For the practical dressers who want to inject a little bit of soft colour – these culottes from Love Bonito come at a flattering length with pink and blue stripes to spice up your outfit. It has a concealed zip and functional side pockets.
Although this would be great for a casual look, you could also wear it for a night out by pairing it with a matching blazer, plain white tee, stilettos and of course, accessories. Available here.
Love Bonito cagisa sash pleat flare culottes, S$46.90
Giving safari vibes, these paper bag style culottes have been a hit amongst fashionistas. They’re stylish, chic, and versatile as it offers multiple style options. Besides switching up the kinds of tops you wear with these culottes, you can choose wear them with or without the sash – depending on the type of occasion. There are also side pockets (functional, no less) for our convenience. Available here.
Love Bonito cahoria side pleated culottes, S$39.90
If you want an work-friendly option, this pair is your safe bet. Made of polyester, this Love Bonito garment also has a functioning side pocket on the left.
While they’re appropriate enough for the office, they deliver a little flair with with side pleats that edges them up a tad. Wear these with a white shirt or plain turtleneck top for a sleek look in the office, or with a fun printed cami for a night out. Available here.
Okay denim isn’t the most lightweight fabric going but we couldn’t resist this unique pair! Made from cotton, this pair has a medium rise fit that has side slits (so there’s still some air circulation) and ripped details to keep it trendy and chic. There are also two pockets on each side and a mini one of the left.
This is definitely not office-wear (unless you work a lifestyle job) with it’s casual vibe so leave these for the weekends or night out. Available here.
This muted colour number from Pomelo sports a relaxed fit that makes it perfect for lazy days in the office or brunch dates. These culottes are dressed with contrasting skinny stripes and a waist tie for a little flair. For added style – faux back pockets.
This pair is also made of a thin fabric so they’re super breathable. Yay! Available here.
A fun addition to your closet, this pair from Oh My Love sports a gingham print that never goes out of style. They are made of 100 percent polyester and sport a high-waist cut, so wear yours with a cropped top or with a top tucked in. For a touch of elegance, add on a checkered blazer with a of a different print for a twist. Available here.
Topshop button paper bag culottes by Nobody's Child, S$56.90
These paper bag-style culottes come in a feminine pink shade that would perfectly compliment Asian skin tones. They’re made of a lightweight fabric and has a relaxed fit so sweat will be a thing of the past.
Wear this pair with your top tucked in so you can flaunt the ribbed trimming and nostalgic turtle shell buttons. Available here.
Topshop tie front culottes by Nobody's Child, S$63.90
A light yellow pastel shade, this pair by Nobody’s Child offer a twist to your usual front tie culottes. They come in a shorter, more snazzy form that’s perfect for a fun yet laidback look. Made from cotton and polyester, they have a sleek fit.
These would be best paired with either a white or a top of a matching colour. Available here.
Another office-friendly pick. This striped pair has a medium rise and relaxed fit so you’ll be comfortable throughout the day. For added flair, they have an overlay and little heart detail at the side. They also come with two pockets at the side. Available here.
For the minimalist dressers, these mid-rise culottes come in a casual beige shade so you can achieve that laidback look that we’ve seen K-stars like Irene Kim sport. Just tuck in a white tee, throw on lightweight trench coat like this one from G200 and a wear pair of white sneakers. Available here.
Do good as you look good: These culottes from AMUR may be pricey but they’re for a good cause – what you’ll be wearing is made of 100 percent recycled polyester. They feature a dressed bow detail belted waist and side slant pockets for a little extra style.
Simply team with a white t-shirt or if you’re after a more sophisticated, elegant look, pair these with a ruffled white blouse and white or black stilettos. Available here.
Made from a rayon nylon spandex blend, these culottes feature a high-waisted silhouette and chic belt hoop details around the waist. They also sport little vintage turtle shell buttons. If you’d rather go for a safer colour, this option is available in a navy shade that beautifully elongates and shapes your figure for a flattering form.
Since these are rather long and the lower hem finishes near your ankles, you’ll want to slip into some heels or platform sneakers. Available here.
Offering an alternative style of culottes, this pair from ASOS features a wide-cut leg and pleated hem that adds a flair to every step you make. They are made of a soft-touch woven fabric that doesn’t stretch and it has a cropped length – so they’ll look great whether you’re wearing sky high heels or chic sneakers.
Wear yours with a cami and grab a purse for a fun night out. Available here.
Venture out and try these elegant satin culottes. They’re lightweight, super smooth, super silky…what’s not to like? They feature a high-rise waist and a gold zip at the side so the culotte is smooth with a gorgeous sheen all round. Best to wear these when you know you’ll be mainly in and out of air-con venues, given the material they’re made from. Definitely culottes best suited for the evening.
For a completely elegant look, wear this with a chic cami (like a pleated one) and heels. Available here.