Wardrobe Hits: Culottes

Well they do say that fashion does full circle!!

Here’s just a little history on the culottes (from wikipedia)

Culottes are an item of clothing, originally the knee-breeches commonly worn by gentlemen of the European upper-classes from the late Middle Ages or Renaissance through the early nineteenth century. This style of tight trousers ending just below the knee was first popularized in France during the reign of Henry III (1574–1589).[1] Culottes were normally closed and fastened about the leg, to the knee, by buttons, a strap and buckle, or a draw-string. During the French Revolution of 1789–1799, working-class revolutionaries were known as the “sans-culottes” – literally, “without culottes” – a name derived from their rejection of aristocratic apparel.[2] In the United States, only the first five Presidents, from George Washington throughJames Monroe, wore culottes according to the style of the late 18th century.[3][4]

I mean I remember having a pair of white culottes when I was younger, I think I was about 11 or 12 at the time, so the 1990’s.  And they have made there way back into the world of fashion, I would love another pair but I have a bit of a dilemma. So what is the dilemma, I hear you ask?  And my reply would be my height, with only being 5’4 I’m not sure if they would look right on me?  Yes I wore them when I was younger but I wasn’t really that fashion conscious back then…

I would LOVE to hear what all your thoughts are on culottes, the only way I think for me would be to try some on in various shops and see what they actually look like, I mean i would go for plain just so i know that I will feel and look comfortable and jazz the outfit up with a vibrant top or accessories.

Lots of Love




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