5 Ways to Wear Culottes

The zero waste culottes have been working their way into my wardrobe, very easily in fact. They seem to go with everything.

Want to make a pair? The culottes pattern is still 25% off in my shop until mid-April.

Here are some ways to wear them…

1. T-shirt, bicycle and waist bag

THE traditional activity for wearing a divided skirt. I can attest they’re excellent for cycling – those breezy Marilyn Monroe/Some Like it Hot moments are a thing of the past!

Worn with…zero waste Xanthea top, zero waste waist bag, and (you can’t see it very well) the free hat pattern on this website.

2. Beret, cardi and boots

Sensible dressing at its finest!

Worn with…the cardi jacket from the Zero Waste Sewing book, old skivvy from Big W and beret knitted by Grandma.

3. Halter top, sunglasses and hat

Fabulous daaaarlings! I wish you could see my shoes!

Worn with…the Yoyo top from the Zero Waste Sewing book, floppy paper sunhat, sunglasses and navy platform espadrilles.

4. Fair Isle top, blouson and bucket hat

For a walking holiday, or just patrolling the perimeter of your property.

Worn with…the hooded blouson from the Zero Waste Sewing book, op shop Fair Isle jumper, Canadian girl scout bucket hat and sturdy rubber boots.

5. White blouse and sunhat

You can’t beat red, white and blue together for a fresh look. I originally had the scarf tied around my waist but it looked too “pirate-y”.

Worn with…white Cendre top (sleeves cut 10cm longer for extra volume), raffia sunhat and gingham scarf.



  1. Sara on April 4, 2022 at 5:54 pm

    Hi Liz, what a great photo shoot! I already have the pattern ready to go, but now I am really sold and very keen to start. Such a versatile pattern!

    • lizhaywood on April 4, 2022 at 6:29 pm

      Thanks Sara 🙂 You should have seen my bedroom afterwards – it looked like a clothes bomb had gone off!

  2. Anthea Martin on April 4, 2022 at 9:06 pm

    Love your photos. Great idea to style them to create
    different looks .

    • lizhaywood on April 5, 2022 at 9:28 am

      Thanks so much Anthea 🙂

  3. Wendy on April 5, 2022 at 7:31 pm

    The yellow blouson is forever the ‘walking the dog on the beach… if I had a dog and lived near a beach’ top!
    Certainly versatile.
    Love the white Cendre too.

    • lizhaywood on April 5, 2022 at 8:20 pm

      Haha! I thought of that when I put it on! I was tempted to include a chicken in the photo but I didn’t have a chicken handler to help me.

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