If you wait long enough for the re-run of a TV show, you don’t have to worry about missing an episode—and so it goes for fashion as well. There are usually trends that return, maybe four decades later, and when they do, they do so with a vengeance, so it appears with culottes. When I was a teen in the seventies, I owned a couple of pairs of culottes, as did my mother. They were all the rage, but they came and went rather quickly. If you are thinking of diving into a pair, (and you probably should because they are huge for fall), here are a few tips that you should follow.
The wide, expansive leg of the pant tends to shorten the leg, so you really should wear a wedge, a mid-height heeled boot, or a heel (even a kitten heel helps). Alternatively, there are those culottes that are not as voluminous, enabling you to pair them with a more casual shoe, but never a sneaker unless you are hip and cool and in your twenties. Remember, that a culotte will always feature your shoe, front and center. I am in love with these mirrored wedge sandals.
I have seen culottes with a feminine print that really resemble more of a skirt. In this case, you could possibly get away with a flat, unless of course, you are very tall, and can wear a flat with any style… I am extremely jealous and so are my toes!
These cotton culottes, by Worth New York, are ultra comfortable and chic, especially in navy blue. The off the shoulder top, also by Worth, and which is also off the hook in popularity right now, is not always easy to wear, especially if you are big busted. Try a comfortable strapless bra, that stays put and you should be fine. I love my unpadded one by Wacoal. It is lacy but very comfortable, and I never have to yank it up as I do most of my padded ones. If you want to go for a padded one, I recommend the L’aventure by Marie Jo. (Stay tuned for an entire post about lingerie… it is time, girls!).