In this weekly feature, InStyle’s Senior Market Editor/Digital Correspondent Dana Avidan-Cohn shares tips and tricks on how to tackle the latest trends. Look for it on What’s Right Now every Friday and be sure to try out the trend yourself and tweet your look using #HowToWearIt.

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One of freshest must-own pant shapes this season is, without a doubt, culottes. On the hanger this shape looks intimidating, and frankly, scared me at first, but on the body it’s almost exactly like wearing a midi length skirt. If you can pull off one, you can pull off the other.

Getting in early on a trend piece is a smart buy, because you can get multiple seasons out of them. Culottes have already showed their staying power during the Fall14 collections, ensuring that they will not be a regretted purchase.

Tricky shapes are hard enough without adding bright fabrics and prints so I will be avoiding the bold colors. The formula for styling your spring culottes is to pair with structured boxy top or jacket with a delicate pump or heel. For the high summer months you can pair with a crop top that hits just at the waistline of the pant. Or, if you prefer flat sandals a poolside is a perfect choice.

A wide leg crop pant is a bit of a chameleon piece and can be ultra casual in cotton, office appropriate with a blazer in a twill or textured fabric, and in a satin, look amazingly modern for evening.

Takeaway tip: Tailoring is key, make sure they are cut well and skim the hip with out being tight on the upper thigh — the ideal length is mid-calf so if you are shorter, make sure to get them hemmed.

Shop our favorite styles (from left): Zara, $100, zara.com; Tibi, $550, tibi.com; Rachel Comey, $380, lagarconne.com

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