I find summer to be one of the hardest seasons to pick pants for. I love a good pair of shorts, but the wind can pick up without notice and all of a sudden your legs are freezing and you’ve got the wrong pants on. But a pair of plus size culottes are perfect when it comes to business or casual.

What are culotte pants?

Culotte pants are similar to palazzo pants—they have a loose, extremely wide leg that flares out dramatically from the waist. But, unlike palazzo pants that are full-length, culottes cut off somewhere between the knee and the ankle. Basically, they’re summer’s answer to palazzo pants.

Best plus size culottes

If you’re looking for the cutest culottes to add to your summer wardrobe I’ve picked seven great pairs of culotte pants.

Let’s dig in a bit more to each of these plus size culotte pants:

Editor’s Pick: Unique Vintage 1940s Black Ginger culottes plus size

Calling all stylish sailors, these Unique Vintage Black Ginger plus size culottes are my absolute favourite. These bad boys are crafted with lightweight woven fabric, that will let the summer breeze blow in to cool you down. They are a summer must-have piece for everyone who’s looking for a semi-vintage wardrobe (seriously, you need it).

Secured by a side zipper, these pants are easy to get on and off. They’re embellished with cute faux buttons and back pickets, giving them an adorable sea-worthy look. Plus there’s a thick waistband that sits up on your natural waist that gives you a flattering, slim, high-waisted silhouette. Are they in your cart yet?

Unique Vintage Chisholm denim plus size culottes

If you love the denim short look, but are looking for something that works for cooler, breezier days then the Unique Vintage Chisholm culottes are for you. They’re crafted with a lightweight denim blue fabric that have a comfortable wide leg that’s easy for larger legs to move around in.

Also high-waisted, these capri pants have a five-button fly that gives them a modern-vintage look. You can pair it with a belt if you want, throw your hands in the comfortably placed side pockets, and throw your reasonably-sized pants in the back pockets. Talk about function and versatility!

Unique Vintage 1940s navy culottes plus size

The Navy plus size culottes from Unique Vintage are pretty much the same as the Black Ginger ones we featured earlier, but I decided that they needed their own entry on this list because navy is truly a different pant. For me, a navy pant with nautical features is much more worthy of a sailor at heart!

Made of a summer perfect lightweight woven fabric, these have a classic retro style which puts them on the must-have list for plus size fashionistas. The thick waistband makes them secure while giving you a flattering natural waist that’s secured by a side zipper. Super cute and must-have!

Anne Klein pull-on plus size culotte pants

If you’re looking for something with a slightly looser, more casual style, these Anna Klein plus size culottes might just be perfect. What I like most about these pants (beyond the wider leg that’s perfect for those of us that move around a bit more) is the easy to pull-on elastic band waistband.

Made of a combination of polyester and elastane, these pants are comfortable and easy to wear. The big downside is that they do need to be dry-cleaned, so they might not be the most practical pants for those looking to fill out a travel wardrobe—unless long-stays and stops at the dry cleaners fit your schedule.

Rekucci chic plus size capri pant

The Rekucci chic plus size capris have a thinner leg but still have similar features to a standard pair of culottes. These summer pants provide a bit more of a defined shape for those of us looking for slimming features, and they come in 8 fantastic, fun colours.

These pants are user-friendly with their hidden flat elastic waistband, stretchy material, and faux front fly. They’re mid-rise pants with real front pockets and decorative back ones. There is a silver zipper at the hem that has no real functionality but gives them a bit more personality. For fun, form-fitting pants, these are your pick!

June drawstring wide leg culottes

If you are looking for cool, casual summer pants, these June pants are made of a combination of polyester and spandex. I love the casual look that the drawstring brings, and it features nice draping pockets. The make of the waistband also creates front pleats that look fashionable.

For a super casual look, I would recommend pairing these with a cute bodysuit. It’s a simple but fun flared look that many plus size fashionistas will look spectacular in. Dress them up with a pair of super cute high heels.

Anne Klein cuffed business plus size culottes

These Anne Klein culotte pants are made of a combination of polyester, viscose and elastane, and bring together a perfect business casual look. They are cute and versatile, and have an easy hook and bar closure which makes them easy to slip on and off.

I particularly like the traditional grey plaid pattern, pair them with a solid coloured shirt and you’ll have a fantastic outfit. The big downside to these pants is that they have to be dry-cleaned, which means they aren’t exactly the best travel-friendly pick.

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