I recently jumped on the culotte bandwagon with this very loose, swingy, slightly shiny pair. If I’m being honest, they’re an unflattering length on me (they hit my calf at exactly its widest point), but I doubt I’ll be wearing them for many seasons, so I probably won’t bother to have them hemmed (priorities, priorities). To me, they have a Japanese samurai’s hakama pants vibe about them (see below photo) so I often wear them with this bell sleeved pearl sweater, which feels quite Japanese to me as well.
Sticking with my Japanese theme, I wanted to photograph the culottes under some cherry blossoms, because I am all cinematic like that. I wore them with some other pieces that are more my style than the culottes, namely this asymmetrical cashmere sweater. I love asymmetry in clothing, and I’m always drawn to clothes like this (my husband never likes asymmetrical clothes; is this a man thing? or a French thing? I don’t know).
Culottes: Whistles Top: Michael Kors (old) cuff: Hermes Clutch: Devi Kroell Photography: Lottie Anderson
I figure if I’m wearing man-repelling culottes and a husband-repelling top, I may as well go three for three and wear some divisive shoes as well, so I put on my Yves Saint Laurent cage boots from 2010. I loved them then, and I love them more now. Lots of people don’t.
What are your thoughts on culottes? Is this a 70’s trend you can get into, or not? I’m too *OCD to wear much of the 70’s stuff out this year, so culottes may be my sole investment in this trend.
*70’s suede: too hard to keep pristine; it always looks dirty. 70’s fringe: the tangling and twisting bothers me. I would be straightening and combing it all the time. 70’s silk chiffon: am I the only one who is a salad dressing splash magnet? Too much stress. No thank you, 1970s!