“I-think-I-can!” “I think-I can!”
For some reason, some trends never make it with me. Usually, it’s because I wore them in some form during childhood, and felt it was bad the first time. Sometimes, it’s just that I think the trend is ugly. Or impractical. Or both ;).
In the case of culottes, it was all of the above and I was quite positive that on this tall frame they would hit at the wrong level and look atrocious.
“I-think-I-can!” “I think-I can!”
Culottes – The Little Trend That Could
Culottes have been back for a couple of seasons now. I had seen different women of style wear culottes, gauchos, and wide leg trousers, and they all looked fabulous. But that was them. It wasn’t until a friend and I were at the Anthropologie fashion show last spring that I saw these exact pants and was won over. We both loved them, but we are both pretty tall and this model was pint-sized. Either way, I was ready to let my biases down to at least try them on.
Honestly, I kept telling myself they were gaucho pants. I think if I had known they were culottes I wouldn’t have tried them on. When I hear the word culotte, it kind of makes me cringe. I have vivid memories of culottes I wore that just.weren’t.attractive. In bright, floral colors. Or were they a romper?
I digress. What is the difference between gaucho pants and culottes? Turns out that gauchos are wide calf-length trousers inspired by the South American Gauchos, (any Bachelorette fans? They had a gaucho scene last night!) whereas culottes are also calf or knee length, but hang like a skirt. Ugh. Okay, so I just bought culottes.
Ideally, you want the pants to hit you at or right below the widest part of your calf. Yes, culottes are also described as knee-length, but for me knee-length culottes are too close to rompers, which are too close to childhood so I’m not quite there yet. In my opinion, calf-length are much more sophisticated.
Whereas the high waist cut of gaucho pants is more structured, culottes give us vertically enhanced the ability to wear them lower on our waist if we need the added length. Which I usually do.
Culottes can also carry you from spring into early fall. They are often made of lighter fabric like these, so on warmer days I can pair it with a loose-fitted tank. When the temperatures are more crisp, simply layer on your coats, cardis or even a sweater.
Another reason this trend grew on me? Functionality. They look like a skirt but act like pants! Meaning, I can be my normal clumsy self while still looking somewhat lady-like. You’re covered. Literally 😉
As far as shoes, I think they look best with a heel of some sort. Because culottes draw attention to your lower calf a bit, heels just accentuate the positive:). However, if you are feeling flats (which is me 80% of the time) the lace-up flat would be the way to go.
So even though I want to call them something else, those little culotte pants have grown on me. They look good, feel good, and are super versatile. It’s like I kept laughing at the trend in my head but it just kept sticking around, looking better and better with the different ways I saw it styled.
Like many things in life, I can get pre-conceived notions on if I think I like something based off of past experiences. This trend is a good reminder to keep an open mind and be willing to give things another chance. I may have completely different tastes in one stage of my life as a I do another.
Some things, like oysters, even when I try them again I still can’t get down with them (and I want to!). Other things, like guacomole and culottes, grow on you and become a love rather then something you’d pass by time and time again.
The point is, you never know until you try! Perhaps one day, you’ll find yourself wearing the very style or doing the very thing that you never thought you would. This trend sure wouldn’t give up up and go away, and for that I’m thankful.
“I-thought-I could-I thought- I could.”
photos Hello Rigby
Pants – Anthropologie Olena Culottes Here
Top – Ella Moss Mesh Yolk Knit Tank
Necklace – Stella & Dot Havana Pendant
Shoes – Vince Camuto ‘Evel’ Leather Sandal Here (Nordstrom Exclusive and 30% off NOW!)