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?