CULOTTES IT IS

Culottes are making a comeback. As early as Fall-Winter 2014, this pseudo-pant/short/skirt article have hit the runways fast & hard. And they are taking the fashion world in a whirlwind of a storm! Spring-Summer 2015 have them in full bloom – from Calvin Klein to Chloe to 3.1 Phillip Lim and Marni – designers are jumping on the bandwagon. And I must say this trend seems like it will stay on for quite some time. Recent Fall-Winter 2015 shows – such as that of Proenza Schouler - still have these versatile pants in full force!

I must admit, I couldn’t help but jump on the craze. How could you not?  They’re versatile enough for any occasion! Structured ones with thicker fabrics are perfect for office wear paired with structured tops, a blazer and leather flats. Change-up the look for an evening out with a silk top, pair of heels and you’re ready to rock the night out. Even weekends or short trips will benefit from the versatility of culottes – wear them with your fave sneakers or sandals and loose-fitting shirts and you’re good to go.

Word of advice, don't get carried away by the trend and make sure that if you decide to purchase culottes, you take pieces that will actually transcend the seasons. I would recommend getting monotone ones - ideally in neutral colors - ensuring it'll be a piece that will be with you for quite some time. Further, think about when and how you want to wear this piece. If you want something that you can use for more formal occasions - further weather-proof - then I would recommend going for something with a stiffer fabric such as the Dries Van Noten piece I have on or the Boucle Culottes from Stella Mc Cartney below. But if you want something more fun and flirty, then I would go for those with a softer fabric such as the Calvin Klein number I have on or that from 3.1 Phillip Lim shown in my recommended picks.


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OUTFIT 1: Emporio Armani Hat (worn throughout), Christian Dior Shades, Calvin Klein Laser-Cut Shirt, Calvin Klein Culottes, Saint Laurent Paris Bracelet, Prada Shoes.

OUTFIT 2: Emporio Armani Silk Shirt, Dries Van Note Culottes, Saint Laurent Paris Sneakers, Prada Glasses.

PHOTOGRAPHY: Bobby Sangalang; STYLING: Aela Abalos