The goal of this post is to help you make a decision (based on your lifestyle and personal style) whether or not to jump the bandwagon of the (perennial) culottes trend.
- I Am in Love with Culottes
- Reasons to Skip the Culottes Trend
- How to Style Culottes Work Appropriate
- Taking Inspirations from a Style Icon
- Style Culottes with a Cropped Jacket for Your Outerwear
- Outfit of the Day
I Am in Love with Culottes
Culottes are a weird thing. I love their being partly pants, partly skirt. Yep, they are sort of odd and edgy, which I love. Furthermore, I adore culottes, especially, when they are in leather. I always liked them when they had a fashion moment, but I never bought a pair. The more I think about it, the less I understand it. Especially, given that I love wearing leather in spring, summer, fall and winter.
Reasons to Skip the Culottes Trend
The thing that holds me back, I guess, is rational. I can come up with much more reasons why not to get a pair of culottes than reasons why to get a pair:
- They are a trend one cannot rework when it’s over. 🙁
- Leather culottes are expensive, especially in (burgundy red, brown, or forest green) leather. :/
- Culottes are hard to adjust to the right fit and length, i.e. the search will take a lot of time (and by then the trend may be already over 🙁 ).
- They are hard to style as they are the fashion statement (read risky here).
The only argument in favor of them is that I love them <3.
How to Style Culottes Work Appropriate
The first time I wore them, I decided to go for a simple straight forward look. A winter-white cashmere sweater with a long printed scarf that picked up the black and white and added a pop of purple (see next photo). The next time, I will go a bit more daring.
Taking Inspirations from a Style Icon
Culottes are as easy to style as a skirt. In this outfit example, I went for a modern version of Katharine Hepburn style with my leather culottes. Here I wear culottes with a striped shirt as a top and for work I added a tweed blazer.
Style Culottes with a Cropped Jacket for Your Outerwear
For the commute to work I added my short leopard-diamond jacket, gloves, a green beret and green bag. A long and/or wide coat would overwhelm a petite frame like mine. Even for a tall woman a long coat will be tricky with tea-length culottes. It’s all about balance and proportions.An great outfit needs an eye for balancing proportions. #agelessstyle Click To Tweet
Ditch old fashion rules. Wear brown and black together. So chic. #agelessstyle #dressyourbest Click To Tweet
Do you have a fashion item that you really would like to own, but never bought? Which one is it? Why did you not buy it? Ok, too expensive I fully understand, but I mean – other than that. Send me an email or a tweet.
Photos: G. Kramm
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