For me, the affinity with wearing black, rain or shine, has little to do with it's proposed 'slimming' properties [it is dependent on shape, fit and texture] and more do to with ease, that chic feeling black encapsulates, a toughness colour can't deliver and the mere fact that cheap black is rarely discernible from expensive black. It will never be discarded from my wardrobe.
Now culottes are a micro trend that may very well end up on the "WTF??!!" pile. If you haven't culotted since school, want to stay stylistically current and are enthralled at the idea of acting unladylike this summer, legs splayed at every opportunity, then I highly suggest picking up a cheap pair - don't be fooled into laying out big ducats on a designer pair knowing next season you'll still be paying off the interest yet trying like shit to sell them on eBay for 1/8th of the price because you are over it. Try chain stores, online, blogger recommends - whatever floats your boat, just know that breaking into the higher 3 digit retail price points is an exercise in stupidity no matter what the magazines and hierarchy say.
This is not to say that if you discover culottes are your thing and they develop into your signature piece like a skinny jean is to a Parisienne that you should not indulge. By all means, if that is the case, indulge and own it.
I like the look and the idea of culottes - that mix of anti-fit, uber uncoolness and not worrying about flashing my bits whenever, wherever and however I sit this summer while still feelin' breezy pleases me and my sartorial sensibilities. The eternal struggle I have over feeling 'like me' in skirts whether mini, midi or maxi is overcome with culottes as they are like a tomboy take on the feminine silhouette. I still obsess over this Acne pair and the popular image of how this worked in reality but I'm not yet convinced I should invest anything more than pocket change to the trend. I've picked up* a few pairs over the past couple of years for under the $20 mark in staple tailored black, a slouchy white and a boxy denim that should do me just fine until the return of the culotte is over and it returns to the schoolyard.
My advice is to try different shapes, lengths and fabrics to find the type that suits you best and keep thinking 2014 - we don't want to absentmindedly stray into the retirees favourite 3/4 slacks territory now do we. Wear them with anything you would have paired a skinny jean with - trust me, that rule of thumb works. Honest. I wore this exact combo on Sunday. With skinny jeans.
|wearing: Cotton On fedora, Portmans biker, Boohoo.com culottes, old tee, Number One Shoes 'Toorak Dress' lace up heels.|
*I have a method that seems to work a treat -
1/ Pick up on a super repulsive micro trend: the uglier or more absurd, the better.
2/ Scour online sites and local chain stores for the "too early" releases. Add items to 'Save For Later' and 'Wishlists' and subscribe to reduction alerts. Keep note of stores and revisit fortnightly.
3/ Wait for the massive reductions when it doesn't sell because no one in their right mind would ever buy it at full retail.
4/ Hold onto it for a year.
5/ Whip it out when everyones clammering to get in on that shit.
6/ Act smug.