My brother used to think this word was hilarious and would ask me, even when I was clearly wearing jeans/a dress/normal shorts/a nightgown/etc — “are those cuuuulottes?” He would smirk, waiting for a reaction. I have no idea why I would let this nonsensical inquiry of his get under my skin, but I did, right along with his nagging insistence that I had “raven black hair.” (My hair was in fact a very normal shade of dark brown, but I suppose I always longed for the tow-headed glory of my younger sister, whose cherub-like mien and coloring garnered attention from every passerby this side of the Atlantic. And, quite possibly, those across the pond, come to think of it.)
For this logic-defying reason, I have fastidiously avoided culottes much of my adult life, even when they came back in vogue a few seasons back, and even after my sister wore them with such panache that I found myself putzing around e-retailers late into the night looking for a suitable copycat candidate. And yet. I never pulled the trigger.
Recently, though, I have found myself returning time and time again to these snaps of the oh-so-outlandishly-fashionable Leandra Medine in her own pairs of pink culottes:
I believe one or both of her pairs are by the uber-chic line Tome — this pair, to be exact, which will set you back an unfortunate $675. (Incidentally, can someone send me a good and sound reason not to buy this Tome maxi skirt, on sale for 70% off? Please and thank you. God damn these mid-summer sales.)
I am cautiously planning to face my culotte fears and dip my toe into this fashion-forward trend with this pair by TopShop ($85 — alternately, these from Tibi, on maj sale, or these from Pixie Market) and this balloon-sleeved blouse ($35 — #STEAL), finished with these pearl-studded Tory Burch slides ($350 — several of you texted/emailed to advocate for these per the shopping dilemma I disclosed recently, and I am 90% sure I’m going to snag them soon):
Chic, n’est-ce pas?!
But also, I have to tell you: putting this look together made me want all.the.ladylike.things, and sent me down a long rabbit hole for girly/feminine pieces, which landed the following miscellany in my digital shopping cart:
+This delicious frothy Alexis dress, on sale for $356!
+This spaghetti strap bodysuit in the pale pink ($29) — very ballerina-like. I’d wear it with a full white midi skirt.
+These pretty pink loafers with a sweet, urgent message on them: “Love is love.”
+These pom-toed Aquazzuras, which just may need to be entered as a candidate for my fall-statement-shoe splurge.