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Is it possible to make the culotte trend work for the office? Originally designed as sportswear for women. Tweed hunting outfits were a daring fashion and are now back to haunt us.
What do you think?
Whatever you decide, stay away from the high street versions, they are not cut to flatter.

Ok so this is what's supposed to look like. Beware of imitations...

Ok so this is what’s supposed to look like. Beware of imitations…this will not translate well as fast fashion.

On the right lady this can look very elegant.

On the right lady this can look very elegant.

The high street version doesn't work quite as well does it?

The high street version doesn’t work quite as well does it?

You can still buy hunting culottes from specialist shops. I would not date wear this for work and in all likelihood it would scare the foxes away.

You can still buy hunting culottes from specialist shops. I would not dare wear this for the office and in all likelihood it would scare the foxes away.

Tweed Hunting outfit from the roaring 20's

Tweed Hunting outfit from the roaring 20’s. This would have been very risqué and only worn by the very wealthy and very connected. No H&M knock offs available.

Will I be buying this trend for AW15?
Although I think the catwalk version looks rather nice, this will not translate well as ‘fast fashion’. Only buy if prepared to spend lavishly, to get the best possible cut and lovely material.
I am not entirely convinced about the longevity of this trend, it will very likely die out by spring or ‘quelle horreur‘- we shall all of us going to be living in culottes for the next five years.
The design relies on top quality fabric and sophisticated cut, anything less will look somewhat comical. As if you run out of fabric to make a full pair of trousers, or it shrunk in the wash or something…

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18 thoughts on “Lookbook: dressing for work & play ( AW/15 surviving the culotte trend)

  1. pgshore

    By sheer coincidence, we have out-of-town guests this week and she was wearing a pair of beige linen culottes with a fresh white short sleeved cotton blouse and flat sandals the other day (it’s been unseasonably hot here). I’m sure she didn’t spend a fortune on the outfit, but she looked fresh and pretty. Then again, she’s about 9 feet tall and no more than 5 inches in diameter.

    I, on the other hand, at exactly 60 inches (152.4 cm) tall, with a true hourglass figure (wide shoulders, tiny waist, hips galore), will avoid culottes like the plague. Even expensive ones.

    I won’t be fox-hunting, either.

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    1. lady sarah in london Post author

      Funny you said that, but I ve seen petite ladies look lovely wearing this. It does depend on the cut, they are not all the same. But I don’t think I’m going for this look this season, it’s a completely new silhouette and needs different shoes, tops and so on, to get the proportions right. No fox hunting for me either, 😀 though strictly speaking this is a shooting tweed outfit.

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  2. Susan

    I, too, will not be adding culottes to my collection. Regardless of the cut or fabric quality, personally, I find nothing attractive about culottes. Susan

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  3. Heidi

    I just have flashbacks to the early 80s when I see culottes. Just throw on a pair of knee high boots and a tam o’shanta and the look is complete. It’s not something I’ll be buying into I think… and probably not a longer term trend anyway as you’ve said.

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  4. dottoressa

    I survived them once(not in twenties :-))and didn’t surrender ,so I think I pass them once more. Yes,they can look nice,as you said,but I’m not going to spend a lot of money for them,even if they stay longer than a season.You don’t have to have everything,no?
    They can be for office,(depends on office )perfectly cut and good material,but why? There are so many better choices!
    Dottoressa

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  5. cress

    in the minority here, but I like to experiment & try new trends. After all why not? and I would not want to spend loads, as you say it will be over by spring. I would not buy the really cheap stuff though, like H&M primark or forever 21…

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    1. lady sarah in london Post author

      Nothing wrong at all with experimenting and trying on new things. I think “trying ” is important as in actually seeing things in person and assessing quality, material and good fit. I weep when I think of anyone, buying this over the Internet sight unseen…

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