Neither-pants-neither-shorts. Of course you recognize them! You probably still have pictures of your mum posing in a pair . When I first saw the culotte, also known as gaucho pants, two things leapt to mind –
1. Fashion designers have unresolved anger issues, and the culotte is just one.
2. Designed to be a MAN REPELLANT (‘spiritual husbands’ aren’t the only reason you’re single!).
The fashion world is absolutely insistent that culottes and gaucho pants are a good idea and I get that. Maybe it’s because of the retro comebacks like denim-on-denim and chunky sandals, but I just don’t know how and if the culotte will survive! Don’t get it wrong, there are some perks – if you prefer making an obvious show of ‘letting air in places’ the wide-legged design is for that – just that.
I’ll admit though that I saw an interesting mini version by Kenzo, a patterned knee-length pair by River Island and the classic white from Warehouse looked like they could work.
Celebs like Rita Ora, Zendaya, Lupita have taken the trend to the red carpet. It will be no surprise if their stylists explained that pairing it with a crop tee and sandal heel projects a laid-back yet elegant look. Laid-back alright. And if you spend too long in one of those you know what else will be laid-back? Your relationship status probably.
Short of looking tacky and just plain ol’ school if I wanted to be comfortable as advocates of the trend streamline, there are other pretty options. I just don’t know… I’m on the fence with this trend.
Let’s talk…rock on or make it stop?
Images – Getty images, elle.com, Splash News