On our second day in Luxor, Egypt, we rose earlier than the sun and flew higher than it when we got into the hot air balloon which gently floated above the sleepy historic sites of Luxor. What an experience and what a sight to behold as we tick off another adventure. Later we kept our voyage velocity upbeat as we explored the Luxor museum, Karnak Temple, the Mummy museum and the Luxor Temple. Finally we saw the sun go down on River Nile as we sailed on a Felucca.

Egypt Lookbook: Zara Pussy Bow Blouse + Zara Tailored Culottes

As you know, my clothing choices usually reflect the atmosphere outside, so for a day out exploring the crown jewels of Luxor, I opted for another look imbibing modest fashion with a polka dotted pussy bow blouse paired with a pair of tailored culottes.

Egypt Lookbook: Zara Pussy Bow Blouse + Zara Tailored Culottes Egypt Lookbook: Zara Pussy Bow Blouse + Zara Tailored Culottes Egypt Lookbook: Zara Pussy Bow Blouse + Zara Tailored Culottes Egypt Lookbook: Zara Pussy Bow Blouse + Zara Tailored Culottes Egypt Lookbook: Zara Pussy Bow Blouse + Zara Tailored Culottes Egypt Lookbook: Zara Pussy Bow Blouse + Zara Tailored Culottes Egypt Lookbook: Zara Pussy Bow Blouse + Zara Tailored Culottes Egypt Lookbook: Zara Pussy Bow Blouse + Zara Tailored Culottes

The word “Culottes” is french and describes a certain type of trousers, that have been invented ”more than 300 years ago as typical trousers for men”. Calf-length, wide cut and highwaisted – Culottes celebrated their relaunch last year and have been seen literally everywhere from the runways in London, Paris etc. to high streets in various designs. There’s no limit in terms of different fabrics. From leather to soft silk – the chic trousers can be worn casually in the office or for a day out in the city as I did in Egypt. I love it when a piece of clothing is versatile. It makes getting dressed process more fun, don’t you think?

Egypt Lookbook: Zara Pussy Bow Blouse + Zara Tailored Culottes Egypt Lookbook: Zara Pussy Bow Blouse + Zara Tailored Culottes Egypt Lookbook: Zara Pussy Bow Blouse + Zara Tailored Culottes Egypt Lookbook: Zara Pussy Bow Blouse + Zara Tailored Culottes Egypt Lookbook: Zara Pussy Bow Blouse + Zara Tailored Culottes

Although the cultural restriction on clothing in Egypt might influence your choice of outfit, but I did’t let it impact a couple of factors that I always keep in mind while dressing up- my mood and weather on that day. This decision to stick with a look reflecting more of an urban grace actually suited the activities planned for the day.

Egypt Lookbook: Zara Pussy Bow Blouse + Zara Tailored Culottes Egypt Lookbook: Zara Pussy Bow Blouse + Zara Tailored Culottes Egypt Lookbook: Zara Pussy Bow Blouse + Zara Tailored Culottes Egypt Lookbook: Zara Pussy Bow Blouse + Zara Tailored Culottes Egypt Lookbook: Zara Pussy Bow Blouse + Zara Tailored Culottes

Egypt Lookbook: Zara Pussy Bow Blouse + Zara Tailored Culottes

Egypt Lookbook: Zara Pussy Bow Blouse + Zara Tailored Culottes Egypt Lookbook: Zara Pussy Bow Blouse + Zara Tailored Culottes Egypt Lookbook: Zara Pussy Bow Blouse + Zara Tailored Culottes

Egypt Lookbook: Zara Pussy Bow Blouse + Zara Tailored Culottes

This soft georgette sleeved loose blouse paired with this belted culottes is the perfect combination of urban chic.

Less is more- Culottes set statements, so I kept the rest of my outfit more modest. Nude lips and a statement leather tote accessorised with a pom pom key ring have made this look minimalism personified.

Egypt Lookbook: Zara Pussy Bow Blouse + Zara Tailored Culottes Egypt Lookbook: Zara Pussy Bow Blouse + Zara Tailored Culottes Egypt Lookbook: Zara Pussy Bow Blouse + Zara Tailored Culottes Egypt Lookbook: Zara Pussy Bow Blouse + Zara Tailored Culottes Egypt Lookbook: Zara Pussy Bow Blouse + Zara Tailored Culottes Egypt Lookbook: Zara Pussy Bow Blouse + Zara Tailored Culottes

Culottes can be combined with flats or heels. When wearing the same pair of Culottes at work or for evening outing, I will style them with a pair of heels but as you see my day here involved a lot of walking around sight-seeing in Egypt, I opted for a flat pair- a nude brogue.

Egypt Lookbook: Zara Pussy Bow Blouse + Zara Tailored Culottes Egypt Lookbook: Zara Pussy Bow Blouse + Zara Tailored Culottes

Top tip: If you are smaller, I’d recommend you to wear them with higher shoes. Your legs will appear longer and it stretches your silhouette.

Egypt Lookbook: Zara Pussy Bow Blouse + Zara Tailored Culottes Egypt Lookbook: Zara Pussy Bow Blouse + Zara Tailored Culottes

My favourite part about this look is how each shade complements the other to create an easygoing vibe and perfect for a day walking around.

What Was I Wearing?

Zara Culottes
Zara Blouse
River Island Brogue
Zara Leather City Bag
Miu Miu Cat Eye Sunglasses

(P. S. Most of these pieces are out of stock now as they were bought in or before December 2015, but there are alternatives available in the market. I am a believer of getting inspired by a look- to know what not to wear with culottes or any particular trend, rather copying a look entirely. So, feel free to experiment)

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