Tweed: Zara | Top: Deisa Online | Culottes: Apartment8 x Metro Department Store | Bag: YSL | Heels: Diane Von Furstenberg | Ring: Tiffany & Co | Bangles: Hermes | Watch: Gucci | Earrings: Bvlgari
I’m allergic to pants… literally. Which is fine because I don’t like them anyway. What I do like, are Culottes and they’re seriously a better alternative. I love the fact that they’re breezy and comfortable, like a palazzo pants/midi-skirt hybrids cut below the knees and slightly above the shins. I think they’re the epitome of chic, without trying too hard. Now, because they’re unusual, most people aren’t sure if they can be worn in a corporate setting… but I believe that you can always elevate a piece of clothing, when you pair it up with the appropriate pieces (save for denim).
Here are a few look-outs on how to make your pair of Culottes become office-amenable:
- Choose solid neutral colour options for your Culottes – the thing with corporate outfits is that they shouldn’t be too loud or screaming for attention. When you wear a flattering subdued pair of Culottes, they will complement the other pieces of the outfit without making people realise that they’re half-baked pants.
- Pair it with a dressy top – The only way to balance something neutral is to pair it with something formal. Dressy flattering tops that you normally pair with pencil skirts would somewhat give the same effect when paired with Culottes.
- Top it with heels – Since the proportions of Culottes are somewhat awkward, the best way to give it a bit of oomph is to pair it up with heels. If you pair it up with flats or sandals, it will come off as looking too casual.
- Add a structured blazer – Since Culottes are billowy and shapeless technically, adding a structured blazer would make it corporate. When you think of blue chip companies and the people working there, you immediately think of “suits.” So yes, a cheat sheet would be to add a structured blazer into the equation.
- Use an architectural bag – This follows the same rule as #4–the more structured pieces you pile on, the more polished your look will become. It’s all about balancing it so the casualness of your Culottes won’t be front and centre.
That’s my surefire formula of getting away with wearing Culottes to work on a weekly basis. I also pretty much applied it on this entry. Try it out and let me know what you think. All else, if you have additional input, drop me a line. Here are some more photos: