Look of the Week – The Culotte
It’s thanks to 15th century European gentlemen that culottes were introduced to the fashion world. Despite their continuous appearance throughout several fashion eras, they are now more fashion-forward than ever.
Whether you feel like going all out in a straight-cut denim or leather version, or you want to test the waters first in a flowy, wannabe-skirt assemble, culottes are the way to go. Knee-length trousers may sound odd in theory, but are in fact incredibly versatile, comfortable, and – thanks to a huge variety of fabrics and cuts available – suitable to absolutely any body shape. For a casual Sunday brunch look, team a pair of delicate yet restrained (I am talking nude colours and silky fabrics) culottes with a simple tee and sneakers. At the office, sport the always-in-fashion monochrome trend with a grey or white blouse, a sombre exemplar of culottes and some suede heels (both a block and a stiletto heel would look fantastic). Once you start loving the feel of them, test out more vibrant colours or try on a pair with a more textured fabric. In general, a high-waisted cut will make them flow more naturally and add more comfort.
PS. By the way, the same goes for silver shoes: sound weird, but are way too cool to take off.
For this week’s fashion post, I threw together three of my current favourite wardrobe staples and this is what happened:
Besides, I thought I’d add another quote that inspired me this week. This one is from the international bestseller ‘Wild’ by Cheryl Strayed, who tells her astounding story of hiking the Pacific Crest Trail hoping to piece together a life that lay in ruins at her feet. The quote that stayed with me a long time after I finished the book goes like this:
“Fear, to a great extent, is born of a story we tell ourselves, and so I chose to tell myself a different story from the one women are told. I decided I was safe. I was strong. I was brave. Nothing could vanquish me. Insisting on this story was a form of mind control, but for the most part, it worked. Every time I heard a sound of unknown origin or felt something horrible cohering in my imagination, I pushed it away. I simply did not let myself become afraid. Fear begets fear. Power begets power. I willed myself to beget power. And it wasn’t long before I actually wasn’t afraid.”
On that note, have a wonderful, powerful, and courageous rest of your week. Try something new. Take some time for yourself. Dress up. Dance around. Whatever it is, that makes you feel powerful, fearless and happy, do it!
Ps. Thanks again to the wonderful A. for taking these snaps. x