Style on Trial: Gareth Pugh’s pleated culotte trousers

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At first we were alarmed.

Then we thought, "Well, maybe if you DIDN'T always strike a pose like a 70s disco dancer, it could just work, because they would just look like a long, pleated skirt?":

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Then we remembvered we don't really like long, pleated skirts anyway, so we're going to leave it up to you. Are Garth Pugh's pleated culottes a crime of fashion? Or are they worth every cent of the $1,967 they cost? Tell us!

BUY: Gareth Pugh pleated culottes

18 Comments

  • July 6, 2009

    Marianne

    Well, if I had to play cello or string bass with a world famous symphony orchestra, they might be good to have, since finding a long skirt to accommodate large instruments is difficult. Otherwise, no.

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  • July 7, 2009

    Celeste

    I don’t have a problem with them, but can’t see me wearing them. Especially for $2,000. I just don’t know the event I’d want formal culotte’s for. (Outside of being a symphony cellist, or possibly sidesaddle dressage)

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  • July 7, 2009

    Em

    Not worth the price, but when the knockoffs start coming out, I may buy them.

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  • July 7, 2009

    spikesnsilk

    I wouldn’t buy them myself, but I could definitely see them on one of Hollywood’s silver foxes, such as Meryl Streep or Sharon Stone.

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  • July 7, 2009

    Oana

    they are quite nice, and i would actually buy them but the price is much to high.

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  • July 7, 2009

    sarah

    only on old women

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  • July 7, 2009

    Cristina

    I actually don’t mind them, they remind me a bit of the trousers that Ginger Rogers wears in the ‘Too Hot to Handle’dance routine.
    I actually think I’ve seen similar trousers in quite a few 30’s movies, and they can look pretty glamourous if worn in the right combination

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  • July 7, 2009

    gokarm

    Yeah, like Christina, I like the history that these particular pants conjure up. I never thought I’d see the return of culottes, but these are the best argument FOR them that I’ve seen.

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  • July 7, 2009

    Cookie

    I have to agree with the old- Hollywood look those pants bring to mind (Though I’d be thinking more of Marlene or Greta in this case), but I don’t look flattering at all, and the price is just horrible!

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  • July 7, 2009

    Evil Dolly

    I actually kinda like those. But for that price? Never.

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  • July 7, 2009

    Kelly

    It would look great in a veeeery tall person.

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  • July 8, 2009

    kevie

    Overpriced, but I’m a sucker for that ’30s-style glamor. Plus, what a nice alternative to freezing your butt off in a skimpy cocktail dress for winter parties. But then, I’m old.

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  • July 9, 2009

    Richmonde

    The skirt looks like something from a 70s boutique. In Workington.

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  • July 10, 2009

    Katharine

    I’m not about to buy them for two grand, but I actually had a pair of very similar pants a while back – long, pleated, formal. They were stunning, and comfortable, and elegant, and I loved them. I like the waistband on the Pughs. Mine were sewn down I think or something over the hips. (I am, for the record, quite short and hippy, but for some reason I seem to suit wide-legged trousers anyway. Or at least enjoy wearing them, which is the same thing in the end.)

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  • July 11, 2009

    Melanie

    With retro 30’s style glam make-up/hair, these trousers could look terrific. I’d wear them. If they made a cheaper version, I’d buy them.

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  • July 23, 2009

    Lilly

    I actually really, really, like it. That price is absolutely insane, tho.

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  • October 31, 2010

    John Marine

    I am a sucker for skirt-like pants. That’s why I’ve liked the skirt-like illusion of gaucho pants and these palazzo pants. These are very much on the expensive side. These are lovely, except for the exorbitant price tag.

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  • July 24, 2014

    Jacquelene

    I had a pair like this back in the nineties. They were in sale at Myer, reduced massively. The pleated were a whole lot thinner, and so was I. A size 6, The fabric they were in was semi see through and very light, resulting in them swinging gently like a rustling breeze as I walked, causing an effect of making it look like I was floating across the floor.
    I only got away with wearing them because I had a perfect hour glass figure with a very tiny waist. They were black, and the fancy striking coloured tops in just the right contrasting fabrics I wore with them helped balance out the look. I only wore them for very formal events, such as galas and black tie, and possibly should have taken up the aforementioned hobby of cello or any other wood wind instrument, or large instrument of any kind, such as the Austrian Horn.

    A faux fur or feather wrap tended to go well to accessorize these pants.

    I wouldn’t pay the current sum mentioned, but then I also no longer have the figure required to make them look good anyhow.

    But they were fun while they lasted.

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