I personally like Marmite but I totally understand where people are coming from when they describe culottes as crazy and stupid. I mean, they’re neither a pair of trousers, nor a skirt and if that’s not enough ambiguity for you, factor in the ubiquitous ‘half-mast’ trend of being neither long nor short and they're pure comedy really. Let's be honest, your average capri pant has the ability to send one’s vertical proportions out of whack but somehow, culottes take that to a whole new level of 'clown'.
And although I appreciate all of this, I still can’t help but love them. Is it because I’m a fashion victim or because love is blind? Whatever the answer - they’re fun, a little bit different, comfortable, practical and adaptable to many occasions. If they were a lover you might wanna put a ring on it.
Love struck, I recently bought these ‘half-mast’ ones from New Look. Go on, have a good old giggle, I don’t mind!
Part of my job as a stylist is to help my clients choose the right clothes that balance out proportions. For example, if a client of mine has short legs and a long body, I would advise her not to wear tops that are too long or trousers that are too short as it will just exacerbate things. Instead, I would suggest she opt for shorter tops and full length trousers to balance things out.
Now, imagine, if you can, that my top wasn’t tucked in and so hung further down my body - my legs would look even shorter and you’d be rolling around on the floor laughing your head off!! But luckily, I have tucked my t-shirt in which better balances out my proportions - not totally of course because that’s the fun of culottes, they can do silly things to your body, just like I said at the beginning.
So, are you ready to fall in love with ‘half-mast’ culottes or troulottes as the fashionistas are calling them? Yes, I know they’re a bit of a faff but the course of true love never did run smooth and let's face it, we've all fallen in love with a wally before!
Please read this disclaimer: Styled by Mel (thereafter called SBM) reserves the right to look stupid wearing culottes and Converse without any prior notice or consent. Any offence caused by SBM wearing aforementioned attire, similar, same, totally different or just a teeny tiny bit different, is unintentional. Any similarity between SBM and actual, real and proper supermodels, living or dead, long or short, is purely coincidental. Wearing outfits of a vertically proportional damaging nature is undertaken at the readers own risk and SBM cannot be held responsible for any guffaws, snorts, blatant pointing in the street or offers of employment at Chaplins Circus.