20 Jul An Evening in Culottes
Spotted at the spring/summer 2014 runway collections of Victoria Beckham and Mulberry, culottes very quickly became the trouser of the season. With designers Jill Sander and Thakoon featuring this must-have trouser in their spring/summer 2015 runway collections and their ability to transition easily into an autumn / winter wardrobe staple, it seems they are indeed the trouser to have.
For those who aren’t familiar with what culottes are, they are a pair of trousers that look and hang like a skirt. They first appeared during the Victorian era as “split or divided skirts” allowing women to ride bikes or horses comfortably and thus be easily mobile.
When it comes to culottes, you either love ‘em or hate ‘em, because let’s be real, there is absolutely nothing sexy about culottes. They billow, can make you hips look big if they are pleated awkwardly or don’t sit correctly on your body and the weird awkward crop (which I love because I love seeing my ankles) can result in one looking shorter and more squat than they really are.
If you find yourself on the cusp when it comes to culottes and aren’t openly declaring that you think they are “fugly,” my suggestion is to entertain your curiosity with a pair of classic black culottes. Balance is absolutely key when it comes to this trouser, so pair them with something fitted on top and a pair of heels to add some height, this way you can approach the “trend” with caution and still wear it well.