Culottes are the new must-have trouser for SS15. Here’s why...
The culotte is officially cool for spring. When they made their return to the catwalk last year, it seemed as if this tricky cut would appeal only to fashion devotees and swiftly strut off the catwalk and back into oblivion. But this season, Marc Jacobs presented military chic, patch-pocketed looks and Chloé showed crisp denim options making the look a must-have essential.
Celebrities love the newly cropped length. Elegantly colour-blocked versions have cropped up as chic daywear from London to LA. Black tailored chopped hems are red-carpet-ready with the addition of vertiginous heels and glittery accents.
Adding culottes to your new-season wardrobe needn’t be tricky. Simply treat them as if they were an A-line skirt. For work, choose a sleek cut and keep your silhouette sharp. Tuck a fitted shirt into the band or team with a plain T-shirt and tailored blazer. The result: office chic.
Culottes also benefit from a softer cut. Collection by Evans for the Design Collective created a fluid silhouette in a deep-toned print. Teamed with a silhouette-honing black tunic, they work beautifully with a strappy sandal or a slide. It’s an effortless update on relaxed elegance and one you can wear on holiday or for summer barbecues.
Evans’ Head Of Design, Rebecca Van Reicher on why culottes are key...
Why is the culotte such a strong shape?
We’ve seen culottes coming through on catwalk the past three seasons and they have started to show a strong presence on the high street. We wanted to offer our customer this key style. The pared-down sports luxe trend is going to be around for a while and the culotte embodies this look. It’s also a great layering piece with long tunics or crop tops, perfect for plus size.
Who wears culottes well?
I love the way stylists Manrepeller and Erika Boldrin wear them. Manrepeller styles them in a sporty, clean way, but then in a pastel colour that feels feminine, which is a great way for our customers to wear them. Erika always layers everything so well – she’s cool and sporty with amazing accessories.
Why should we give them a try?
Culottes are a really good way to update your wardrobe, can be worn in a smart or casual way, and are comfortable and practical at the same time. What’s not to love?
FASHION FACTS: WHO KNEW?
Culottes are a revolutionary item of clothing. Originally worn by gentlemen of the European aristocracy, they were popularised in France during the reign of King Henry III. During the French Revolution, the working classes who stormed the Bastille were called ‘sans-culottes’, a slur referencing their rejection of the upper classes.
Female culottes first made their appearance when Victorian ladies became active. Known as a split or bifurcated skirt, their controversial two-legged nature was hidden by layers of ruffles. They liberated women so they could ride bicycles and horses unhindered.
Culottes also became part of the iconic Brownie uniform. Want to earn your style badge? Buy a pair this spring.