Culottes, cropped pants – what do we think?
My answer is the same as it always is. Yes, within reason and with adaption.
Can you remember way back in the day when they were called gaucho pants”?
I am dating myself, but I can. Of course, I had a pair – even made them myself in a moiré silk taffeta. Heaven help me. They were actually rather cool, if I say so myself – the quality of the make was another matter.
Cropped pants are a popular choice as the weather warms and the bodies relax. I like them and will wear them often but there are a few criteria I follow to make this trend work for me.
* They cannot be too, too wide. Width and height go hand in hand.
*The length is all important.
*The fabric needs to drape well or be soft.
*A firmer fitting top works well in contrast to the wider width of the pants.
*A less fitted and longer shirt needs some definition to flatter.
The diagonal strap of a cross body bag can give the illusion of a more fitted blouse.
The other “trick” is to tuck the front of the shirt in and leave the back longer. This is a great one tucked in, with a small amount of blouson and left out at the back. If I am feeling self-conscious about my back view, this is a brilliant solution.
I saw these and loved them – a simple tee, a white man-style shirt and even a fitted white linen blazer were my co-ordinating options. I’ll wear them with mules, sneakers and even a kitten heel for the evening.
Then I decided this style is a rather good idea for this time of year – I can even see them with a fine turtleneck in the evening.
What do you think? Will you try them? xv
I Would Wear These
image, tyler joe