Jennifer Lawrence and Leelee Sobieski in Dior
The adventurous fashion editors adopted them early, during February’s Fashion Weeks, but in the past few days there’s been a noticeable climb in culottes-wearing throughout A-list Land. This skirt-short hybrid has claimed front row inches at Couture Fashion Week via Leelee Sobieski and Jennifer Lawrence (both were in those hotly debated kecks from Dior), while Rita Ora leathered-up in Topshop’s versions for a meet-up with Arcadia big boss, Sir Philip Green.
Culottes – or should that be cool-ottes? - were first honoured with high fashion approval when Fendi and Carven sent them down the S/S’13 runways. But as we move into Pre-Fall and (scarily soon enough) A/W’13, there’s still a significant amount of love for this silhouette throughout the retail spectrum. The biggest culottes-boom has been happening in under-the-radar corners of planet fashion – with labels like Arfen, Paper London and Alexis Barrell stepping to the fore. ASOS, Topshop and Zara aren’t far behind.
Rita Ora in Topshop and Milla Jovovich in Chanel this week
The thing you need to know about them is how surprisingly easy they are to wear: imagine the benefits of a midi skirt with the added bonus of free movement and a sure-fire guarantee against gust-of-wind Marilyn moments. How to style them? Well, just treat culottes as you would a calf-skimming skirt. The more accessible versions are of the floaty and not form-fitting ilk (ASOS have a good fair few) which you can wear now with sandals and a simple tee, and later in a retro way with a knee high boot and chunky jumper, More advanced skort-ers can try a tailored option: throw it into the work-wear mix with a matchy blazer and loose-fit shirt, or take your culottes out on the town with a killer stiletto and slinky blouse. Here's a pick our of best available today: