Have you had a culotte experience? I have had several pair throughout the years but they are one of those fashions that are never really “in” but are often “out”. This fall they appear to be a featured style instead of just an afterthought some designer tossed into their collection. I have one of those: A beautiful navy wool culotte skirt. It will certainly be cycling back into my fall wardrobe to give updated variety.
Culottes need to be chosen carefully to fit your style and body. Although they come in many lengths, we generally think of them ranging from below the knee to just above the ankle. They are wide at the bottom, which can visually shorten and widen ones silhouette. This is not the ideal image for a petite frame.
I have selected several images to show some of the many 2014 choices. My navy wool culottes are best worn with a pretty silk blouse or a jacket or sweater. Their vibe is more church, lunch, business meeting or workshop. However, if your style is sporty, the above nautical look would be perfect for barbecue, meeting friends for a drink, shopping, or of course boating.
I read one article where the writer told of feeling very chic in her print culottes paired with a white blouse, jacket and loafers for a dinner in London. She went on to describe other pairings, including dressy sandals and a racer-back top for a wedding. This black and white print in a silk fabric could be that “wear everywhere” piece. By choosing different tops and shoes you get much more mileage out of that one pair of culottes than you
would from a dress.
Culottes do have several pluses. They are dressier than trousers but with all of the advantages of easy movement. Since they are usually fitted at the waist and flair out toward the bottom, the waist area appears slim while the flared legs provide a perfect camouflage for wide hips or thighs. This line also helps visually widen the hips of an inverted triangle build.
I have never seen such variety in culottes as appear in fall collections. I hope these images here will get your creative juices flowing and lead you to be adventurous enough to try some. You may find that perfect piece to give just the right update to your fall wardrobe. And this year, with culottes being a featured look, they probably won’t be “out” until after you are ready for a change!