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Five fantastic culotte combos inspired by Kate Middleton

Katie Wright selects the best duchess-like duos from the high street

The Duchess of Cambridge
The Duchess of Cambridge

By Katie Wright

The Duchess of Cambridge has recently been embracing culottes - and fashion fans are thrilled. While Kate usually favours typically feminine dresses, we love it when she opts for something a little bit more tailored and fashion-forward.

At the Chelsea Flower Show in May the duchess wore camel-coloured culottes from Massimo Dutti with a pretty white shirt by MIH Jeans.

An appearance at the Natural History Museum in London earlier this month was another example. The mum-of-three chose a pair of green Jigsaw culottes teamed with a scallop neck Warehouse knit, quilted Chanel bag and heeled court shoes, all in burgundy.

The muted block colours were suitably autumnal and the combination of a snug- fitting top with swishy culottes made for a beautiful silhouette.

There are plenty of other stylish options on the high street, along with high-necked knitwear, so you can steal the royal's style.

But how do you do culottes like a duchess?

Structured styles in a longer length are the best choice, with a slim-fit knit in a contrasting or tonal colour tucked in.

Casual style: the Duchess of Cambridge is a big fan of culottes
Casual style: the Duchess of Cambridge is a big fan of culottes

As for shoes, court heels like Kate's are ideal for their leg-lengthening effects (especially if you're worried about feeling a bit drowned by a loose cropped trouser).

Trainers work well for a more casual look as long as they're low rise - high tops and boots can look a bit too chunky.

Ready to shop the look? Here are five culotte combos we love...

Ribbed high neck top, £14, Sonder Studio button side culottes, £35, M&Co
Ribbed high neck top, £14, Sonder Studio button side culottes, £35, M&Co
Beige rib knitted top, £26, khaki belted culottes, £22 (were £45), River Island
Tony turtle neck, £22, Carrie smart culottes, £39, Monsoon, 901 flatform lace up trainers, £57, Superga
Polo neck, £18, Amber culotte trousers with pockets, £20 (were £30), Roman
Camel frill shoulder detail jumper, £39, zip detail culottes, £45, Sosandar

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