I realized recently that it was time to break out of my day dress and denim rut (my typical pieces come summer). But how do I do that without resorting to wearing a mini skirt or cut-off denim shorts (which are just not my favorite look right now)? Well I guess that's where the currently-popular culotte comes in. A lightweight, easy pant that's a bit more dressed up than your average jeans without committing to a full-fledged trouser. This Banana Republic pair is over a year old, but still does the trick, keeping me feeling light, airy, cool, and still chic. Unfortunately, they've been out of stock for some time now, but shop my alternatives below and let us know what you think about culottes in the comments!