Alternate title: Culottes Strike Again. To be honest, I think I like them even better paired with this blazer than the one I wore before. The cropped length keeps the emphasis on the waist, which is key with culotte silhouettes I find. I still feel a little strange wearing trousers this voluminous, but the novelty is slowly wearing off. To keep things looking sleek, I chose a base layer and shoes in the same colour family to elongate the line and all that — column of colour, back for another outing. Speaking of shoes, I love how chameleon-like these J. Crew pumps are; the colour somehow works with both cooler and warmer shades, which means they go with almost anything that passes for purple in my wardrobe.
The one thing I will say about high-waisted trousers — at least this specific pair — is that they’re kinda high maintenance. To make them look flattering, I find that I have to make sure to eliminate all “lumps and bumps” between my waist and hips, an area naturally prone to the aforementioned features. Wearing nylons under the culottes is my solution, but it’s not one I’m happy to have to embrace. I’ve made my peace with wearing nylons with skirts and dresses (all year round, more or less), but pants are another thing; I always wear nylon socks (it cuts down on foot perspiration, in my experience), but pantyhose … shudder. Obviously, this is an issue related to the fabric of the trousers; I don’t have the same problem with high-waisted jeans, for example. It’s definitely a big reason why I haven’t gone back to buy more of Club Monaco’s current trouser offerings. If there’s going to a high maintenance diva in my closet, that diva better be me.