Culottes were the go to “IT” item for girls to wear in the 80s, 90s. Generally above the knee in loose flower material (usually in a very bright pattern).
Culottes were short in those days…
A classic teenage girl ensemble would include some ill-fitting culottes and the ubiquitous hat. Do you remember the TV show “Blossom” well, her wardrobe probably contained a few pairs of culottes.
Young Blossom from the then hit TV was a Culottes Princess
Interesting floral or graphic prints were commonly accompanied by a vast colour wheel of colour!
This version of the culotte is surprisingly easy to wear. Here are some quick tips:
- Keep things neutral.
Go for simple silhouettes and neutrals such as black, navy, white or grey. Keeping it simple helps to keep it easy to wear with your tops but also gives versatility meaning that you can dress it up for more formal occasions or dress them down for casual outings. Neutrals also means that you can make it work appropriate and have it as an alternative to suit trousers or skirts. Wear with heels and a smart shirt or even a jacket. Wearing it with open toed sandals or sneakers and a slouchy sweatshirt or sweater keeps it casual.
Heels makes this office appropriate or even as an evening outfit option.
Culottes – A trend that is versatile.
2. Material Choice is Key
Unless you are a model or tall and with slender physique, culottes made in fabrics such as stiff satin or leather can be hard to wear. Though providing a very strong statement look, it is not an easy look to pull off.
Materials such as leather though striking can be hard to pull off.
Materials such as jersey, cotton mix, silk, wool or even denim are great options for the culotte. For the culottes which are less wide legged, suiting materials are great and makes it a very suitable work alternative.
For summer months, go for lighter fabrics or even pleats if you are brave enough.
Add a cropped top for the perfect summer look.
Cropped tops, light fabrics and colours makes the culottes a perfect summer staple.
4. Proportions are Important
To keep the culottes modern and not an 80s/90s throwback, keep them below the knee. Ankle to mid-calf are super flattering.
Below the Knee is the optimum length.
I have found some great affordable culottes in a variety of styles. Check out sites such as ASOS and Zalora. Also Monki have a great denim pair which will not break the bank at under 300HKD.
However if you want to spend some extra money, check out some of the Scandinavian brands such as Dagmar or Carin Wester which you can get from a store in Vein (one of my favourite stores in HK)
Where to Shop:
Monki (address: Shop L1/29-31, Langham Place, 8 Argyle Street, Mongkok, Hong Kong telephone: 3585-8026
Vein (address: Shop 301-302, Lee Gardens One, 33 Hysan Avenue, Causeway Bay, Hong Kong telephone:2528-4988)
Vein on the Yard (address:2 St Francis Yard, Wan Chai, Hong Kong telephone 2804-1038)