Style on Trial: Culottes

Topshop rose pleated culottesCulottes were very popular in the early 1990s and they seem to be having something of a resurgence this spring. Naturally, then, we’re interested to discover what you think of them.  Are they just the next step from a wide leg trouser?  Are they a practical alternative to a skirt?  Would you wear them?

The pair above are £38 from Topshop, but they are popping up all over the high street this season.

17 Comments

  • March 30, 2011

    Riali

    I don’t particularly object to them, (although the example pictured is not very prepossessing) but they seem unnecessary. A skirt looks better, and I can’t think of a situation in which I could wear these and I couldn’t wear a skirt.

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  • March 30, 2011

    Liza Ashby

    I like the short and knee length ones…they are floaty like a skirt , but dont fly up and reveal your underwear in a breeze! But I don’t like the above example…maybe it’s the length.

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  • March 30, 2011

    Jeepster

    I don’t know… I hate the feeling of “Oh wow, that’s a nice skirt!” and then “Oh no, it’s just big pants…” But then again I think they can be done right.

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  • March 30, 2011

    a.b.

    What’s the difference between culottes and gauchos?

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    • March 30, 2011

      The Fashion Police

      In theory, culottes should look like a skirt, while gauchos will look more like wide pants. In reality, though, very little difference as far as I can tell…

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  • March 30, 2011

    Clare

    I would wear culottes, but I definately wouldn’t wear the pair pictured.

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  • March 30, 2011

    andrew

    dear god no. women of the world, please, don’t do it. I can’t see these being attractive in any color shape or length. the material just looks gross

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    • April 11, 2011

      Meryl

      And being attractive to you is what matters!

      I mean yeah, this pair is shitty. You know a good thing about culottes though? No chafing!

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  • March 30, 2011

    Natasha

    Nope, they remind me too much of elementary school. Early 90’s fashion is not something that needs to be resurrected!

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  • March 30, 2011

    Dani

    I’d never wear them, for the two reasons that they wouldn’t be flattering on me (I only look good in skinny jeans or a slight skinny flare), and I think they fit into the category of Clothes That Are Pretending To Be Other Clothes. In other words, the twisted dimension where skorts and sock boots come from.

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  • March 30, 2011

    Raechel

    I think they’re great. Not the pair pictured, as they don’t look very flattering.
    I think when the weather’s a bit breezy, they’re a bit more safe. Also if you’re off to a picnic in the park, they’re a lot more modest when sitting down and getting up etc!

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  • March 31, 2011

    nata

    They are def. “a practical alternative to a skirt” for me. Yes, I would wear them, the ones above are perfectly fine, just style them right and enjoy the flare of a skirt with a comfort of pants.

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  • March 31, 2011

    Sally

    I wouldn’t wear them because (a) I rarely wear trousers of any shape, size or length and (b) that length looks awful on me whether a skirt, dress or heaven forbid, culottes 🙂 Also, I really dislike this colour. So, think that is a “no” from me!!

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  • March 31, 2011

    Kota

    I wore culottes in high school as an alternative to long pants and skirts during the very long, very hot summers here in Texas. The school wouldn’t allow shorts (or cropped pants, gauchos, capris, etc.) as they felt they weren’t business-like. They did allow culottes since they were made to look like a skirt. Since, at the time, I hated wearing skirts and it was too hot to wear long pants, I wore knee-length culottes and loved them. Sadly, I haven’t found any cute designs lately.

    As for these particular culottes, no. The length cuts off at the worst place on most women and just makes the legs look stumpy. The color isn’t great either.

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  • April 1, 2011

    Olga

    I think they can be cute, I dislike the ones pictured, but definitely something short to knee length would be adorable. Plus, they can give that pretty fluttery effect of a skirt, but it wouldn’t fly up to reveal your unmentionables if the wind blew too hard – which has happened to me many a time.

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  • April 4, 2011

    Janeth

    I think i will stick to spankies under my floaty skirts, those things are just wrong

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  • April 18, 2011

    Rock Hyrax

    These things are like the monster in a horror film franchise: no matter how many times you think they’ve finally been laid to rest, they keep coming back. 🙁

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