Culotte Combos: 5 Outfits inspired by Kate’s autumn look

Katie Wright selects the best knitwear and culotte duos on the high street.

Recently, the Duchess of Cambridge has 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, and an appearance at the Natural History Museum, London, was a prime 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 Duchess of Cambridge, in her role as Patron of the Natural History Museum, visits the Angela Marmont Centre for UK Biodiversity at the museum
The Duchess of Cambridge visits the Angela Marmont Centre for UK Biodiversity (Kirsty Wiggleworth/PA)


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

These particular Warehouse culottes are now sold out, but there are plenty of other stylish options on the high street, along with high-necked knitwear so you can steal the royal’s style.

So, how do you do culottes like a Duchess? Structured styles in a longer length are best, with a slim-fit knit in a contrasting or tonal colour tucked in.

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) but 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…

Monsoon Tony Turtle Neck Top, £22; Carrie Smart Culottes; Superga 901 Flatform Lace Up Trainers
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1. Monsoon Tony Turtle Neck Top, £22; Carrie Smart Culottes, £39; Superga 901 Flatform Lace Up Trainers, £57

M&Co Ribbed High Neck Top; Sonder Studio Button Side Culottes
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2. M&Co Ribbed High Neck Top, £14; Sonder Studio Button Side Culottes, £35

Roman Black Polo Neck Long Sleeve Top; Amber Culotte Trousers With Pockets
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3. Roman Black Polo Neck Long Sleeve Top, £18; Amber Culotte Trousers With Pockets, £20 (were £30)

Sosandar Camel Frill Shoulder Detail Jumper; Black Gold Zip Detail Culottes
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4. Sosandar Camel Frill Shoulder Detail Jumper, £39; Black Gold Zip Detail Culottes, £45

River Island Beige Long Sleeve High Neck Rib Knitted Top; Khaki Belted Culottes
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5. River Island Beige Long Sleeve High Neck Rib Knitted Top, £26; Khaki Belted Culottes, £22 (were £45)