I noted a few months ago right after the Spring shows that I would never wear a pair of pants that fall somewhere short of ankle length. During fashion week, I was touting the virtues of the Proenza Schouler version of the wide-leg trouser, the culotte, but only assumed that as a woman who doesn’t soar to the highest heights, it just wouldn’t work. Too wide, not figure flattering. Well, I was wrong.
Begone skinny jeans! Three-quarter length hems might be tough to wear, but it was just a matter of time before culottes, neither pants nor shorts, nor a midi skirt, would stream into our fashion consciousness. With all the elegance of a ball skirt and all the comfort of sweatpants, the culotte is going to be your go-to pant this summer, especially after consuming that highly desirable pint of ice cream. Trust me.
Why would I wear a sliced skirt? Here are my two reasons.
1. Comfort. Comfort is a state of mind, a state of physical ease and freedom from pain or constraint.With a higher rise and cropped length, it makes my waist look tiny, gives my hips some wiggle room and my legs look miles longer. and I can eat what I want without sucking anything in.
2. Freedom. To do my various spring and summer activities. Surfing excluded. Can’t you see gardening in these?
Unassumingly in vogue, this silhouette, loved by many and hated by some, has its naysayers. But whether this trend is universally accepted or not, I’m taking the plunge. These culottes, known as “panties” in French, raison d’être is just to clear up the confusion about its actual appearance and how they lie on the wearer.
I love this look and am thinking I might have just discovered my new uniform. What do you say about wide-legged freedom?
Photography: Lydia Hudgens
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