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Gabrielle Union just slays so effortlessly. Culottes made a splash last year but came hard on the scene Spring 2015. I’m not going to lie when I first saw them I was not feeling them. Then I started to see them styled and my mind changed. Culottes are loose and light and can be dressed up or down. Even though it is fall it is still good weather for culottes. I was able to find plus size culottes in faux leather in different colors.

Get Gabrielle’s look in plus size

gabrielle union culottes

DKNYJersey Top

Eloquii Studio Faux Leather Culottes

Aldo Clontarf clutch

Aldo Drosa Sandal

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Fashion history fact: Culottes were originally made as knee breeches knee-breeches commonly worn by gentlemen of the European upper-classes from the late Middle Ages or Renaissance through the early nineteenth century. This style of tight trousers ending just below the knee was first popularized in France during the reign of Henry III (1574–1589). Culottes were normally closed and fastened about the leg, to the knee, by either buttons, a strap and buckle, or by a draw-string. During the French Revolution of 1789–1799, working-class revolutionaries were known as the “sans-culottes” – literally, “without culottes” – a name derived from their rejection of aristocratic apparel. In the United States, only the first five Presidents, from George Washington through James Monroe, wore culottes according to the style of the late 18th century.

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