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19 Apr 2016

Carrying off culottes


A thought that repeats itself in my mind when wearing culottes: do I look like a spanner or am I carrying this off? 

Culottes are deeply confusing.

I dove straight into this trend, picking up not one, but two pairs in Zara. The length is midi and the leg is wide - so wide in fact that my husband full on LOLs whenever he sees me in them and mutters something about clown pants.

Whatever I say, you don't get it I exclaim.

While I would never admit this to him, the truth is I'm not sure I am fully on board either. There is no question that culottes are hugely comfortable to wear, but that widened aesthetic is everything I typically avoid. I would rather be slinky than voluminous as a general rule. Consequently, I have never worn the white pair out, always hesitating at the last moment and rapidly changing into a conventional straight leg trouser/jean, and only today did I debut the black.

Heels were an absolute must and I tried to balance out the clown pant with a smaller top.

This is how it turned out...what do we think?



Culottes: Zara - Link!
Top: ASOS - Link! (love this shell top, I have it in both the white and black)
Shoes: Topshop - Link!
Mini bag: Sophie Hulme - Link!
Sunglasses: Celine - Link!

While they confuse simple menfolk no end I have to say that I don't hate how they look. They can look bulky and wide but as long as the other outfit elements are kept streamlined I think it's a nice contrast. I enjoyed all the material and the flapping about.

I remain hesitant about the white pair but I think this is one trend that I have tentatively embraced and it makes a nice change from the typical boring workwear wardrobe.

I know that the Zara ones are pretty extreme - I had a Forever 21 pair last year that were knee length and less voluminous - but are these man repellers a trend that you will / have tried?



36 comments

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  2. I absolutely adore culottes! So swishy and chic. I just wish Irish weather would allow me to wear them more. They look amazing on you!

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    1. Thanks so much Deirdre! Swishy is actually the perfect word to describe them. Bring on the summer :)

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  3. I think you look amazing! Try pairing the white ones with a flowy pastel pink or beige top and it'll give you that oversized feel, which will help you not feel huge in them <3

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    1. I am definitely going to take your advice - I love the sound of that colour palette/look. Thanks so much!

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    2. Agreed! A blush/nude/neutral color palette would make the white culottes look chic!

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  4. I think you look gorgeous! I bought a very similar navy blue pair from Zara but have been nervous to wear them - I'm not much of a heels girl (walk like bambi) and don't really know what flats to pair them with?!

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    1. Aww thanks so much Paige! I think pointy ballet flats are the way to go!

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  5. I love the look of culottes, and they are so comfy! I think it helps the the "in" style is slightly longer midi length. If we went back to the short culottes of the 90s I would definitely not be on board.

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    1. I definitely remember them :) And I wore a pair to school, sneaking them in as part of my uniform because I was THAT on trend :) haha

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  6. Your carrying them off for sure, love it! It doesn't make you feel much confidence in your outfit when husbands make "helpful" comments though, mine has the tendency to do this just as I am walking out the door :-/

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  7. Nope, I think you look gorgeous. I think you have to be tall to carry off wide culottes and these look great on you. Me? I'm 4' 11" and would probably get lost in them!

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  8. Laura, would you mind doing a blog post on your diet and exercise routine? I know you are a runner, but could you go into more detail? You are looking absolutely fabulous!

    Sorry if a post like this already exists and I missed it :)

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    1. I think her arms are looking really skinny : (

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  9. Yay an outfit post! Love this outfit and the trousers suit you so well!

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  10. I say "yay". You styled them well and pulled them off beautifully!

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  11. They look great on you Laura! I have had the same problem - have bought numerous pairs of culottes, trying to find the slimmest looking wide leg, but whenever I try them on they just don't look right - think of a circus clown in baggy trousers! Needless to say I've had to return every pair. I'm a size 8 - I don't know where I'm going wrong!!!!!
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  12. You are looking amazing laura! loving the relaxed vibe on you!!

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  13. beautiful outfit!! culottes are my favourite & flares & skinny jeans as well - love how many choices we now have :D beautiful playful photos! <3

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  14. I've been desperate for a pair for so long! You pull them off so well x
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  15. I got some at Zara as well. They are patterned but similar. Voluminous etc.. it is about proportion. Proportion in what you wear with it that makes it breaks it. They initially look like a cool skirt. But they are pants, so functional.. u don't have to sit like a lady. You can hike your leg up to get into a monster truck - VERSATILE ! You did it right. I think white would be good as well but black is the better choice of the 2.

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  16. They are looking great on you! :)

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