Because I have my finger right on the fashion pulse – not – and therefore rarely manage to scramble aboard the trend bandwagon until it’s well and truly left the station, I finally bought a pair of culottes.
They cost me £5. Last of the big spenders, huh?
To be honest, though, £5 was all I was really willing to spend on this particular style experiment, because, even as I pressed the “Buy Now” button, I had a sneaking suspicion that I’d just ordered myself a pair of giant, wide-legged pants, and that I would not like it. Sure enough, when the package arrived, I pulled them out, looked at them, and was like, “Huh: a pair of giant, wide-legged pants. Why did I?”
They were here now, though, so I gamely tried them on, and, once again had that, “I am wearing a pair of giant pants and I don’t know why?” feeling. Then I remembered that I live in the land of permanent breezes, and that it’s never, ever not windy (Seriously, I don’t even know why I bother combing my hair before taking photos? Like, why do I do that?!), and suddenly the idea of trousers that look like a skirt seemed like a pretty good idea.
Now that I’ve actually worn them, I stand by that conclusion. It was super windy when we took these photos, just for a change, and although I lost the battle to keep my hair out of my face in most of them, at least I didn’t have to worry about inadvertently flashing my knickers at random passers-by – which is a real concern for me, most days. I also discovered that, as there’s quite a lot of fabric in them, unless I adopt a super-hero stance, with my legs more than shoulder-width apart (And honestly, how many times a day do YOU choose to stand like a super-hero? I’m thinking maybe 5, max – 7 on a good day…), they just look like a midi skirt, anyway – and heaven forbid there be a polka-dot midi-skirt in the world that I don’t own, huh?
So, culottes, welcome to my wardrobe. I may even buy some more pairs of you one day, when you’re long, long out of fashion…
Polka dot culottes (sold out in blue, but still available in white and yellow)
H&M denim jacket
Paul & Betty peep toes*