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If you’re old enough, you certainly remember culottes – every so often a designer in New York or somewhere gets the idea that it’s time to repeat this curious fashion separate. At various times they have been also known as gauchos and split skirts, and should not be confused with capris (a.k.a. pedal pushers, cropped pants and clam diggers), which are a whole different blog post. But I digress – a rose by any other name, is still something that should be worn with a bit of caution. Culottes are basically a full skirt with legs. They can be quite comfortable when in situations that a skirt might be too revealing – such as when one is climbing after toddlers or standing on a ladder. They do give a more dressy appearance than capris and can be found in many pretty fabrics and colors. However, they do add a lot of extra fabric and bulk, and are probably not the best fashion choice for petite ladies. For taller gals, the length should never hit the widest part of your calf, but rather above or below. Proportions are very important – since this is a fuller look on the bottom, make sure you balance it with a bit of fullness on the top, especially if you are already pear-shaped. I’m seeing culottes paired with a higher heel, so as to elongate the body for a slimmer look. Although you might be tempted to pull out a retro pair from high school, typically manufacturers change up the styles just enough to make that seasoned pair, well, retro. If you’re looking for something fresh and “new,” this might be a good option, and there are lots to choose from in stores and online.Happy Thursday! ~ Pat.
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