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Sunday, 12 March 2017

Culotte love | M&S Sale

I'm all over culottes (and trainers) at the moment. You knew already about the late adaptor thing, didn't you? I need to see something worn LOTS before I feel happy to give it a try and more often than not, I want the item to be in the sale before I'll willingly part with the cash. Just in case. I'm notorious for returning stuff.

Anyway, I tried on some culottes last season with Katherin, the personal stylist at Victoria Square and it got me thinking about how much I liked the shape...they suit my long torso and help even up my proportions. At the time, I bought a culotte leg jumpsuit from Warehouse which is so flattering on. But as it's a jumpsuit, it's not practical for daytime wear so I was keeping an eye out for a suitable pair of culottes that I could wear with casual tops and as workwear too.

Warehouse came up trumps again with this pair of black split seam crepe culottes on the sale rail, reduced from £45 to £20. Unfortunately, they're not showing online so I can't share a nice picture. Instead, here they are in navy...which I didn't see instore but which I would buy in a heartbeat if I did!!

Here I am wearing them...the fit is beautiful, they flow gorgeously and don't crease. So far, I've worn them as part of a work outfit:
Jacket - Marc Cain (DejaVu Belfast)
Trainers - Topshop (past season - similar here & here)
Scarf - eBay

And a more casual outfit:
White Vest - Primark
I've been asked a few questions about the fit of them on Instagram - I'm wearing a size 10 and it's spot on. They have a side zip opening so are flat fronted - lovely and flattering. They're 100% polyester, flowing crepe material and can be machine washed at 40 degrees.
Bonus with these is that they work casually but I think they will look AMAZING with stilettos for a night out too. Will try that look soon.

Then, not happy with just one pair, I found these ones in the sale in M&S....a more casual colour and cut, I think they're going to be my go-to neutral bottom half for spring time. They'll work with bretons, black, cream, white, denim....a refreshing change from black or denim on my bottom half:
I bought the size 8 in these as there wasn't a 10 and actually they fit me. A little snug but I think the 10 will be too big. This is a screenshot of my insta story of me trying them on - hence the text.
Breton - F&F (size down - it comes up big)
Loafers - River Island (not showing online - bought in-store)

I have been asked if I think culottes suit everyone. I think it's all about getting the length right. If you buy them too long, they start to look like swingy too short trousers. As long as they fall mid/low calf, they're going to work for most figures. I think. But I could be wrong...

Incidentally, while I was in M&S, I tried on the following shoes and loved them. I just couldn't bring myself to buy more footwear. I'm literally taking the proverbial when it comes to shoes at the moment. But yet, I can't stop thinking about them...could they be the perfect neutral trainer for the spring/summer?
and the elusive Navy Ankle Boot - I've sold my Ash ones (not sure why...fit of madness) and am on the look out for another pair but these felt a bit loose. Of course, I am kicking myself I didn't buy now...
But I did take advantage of the half price offers by stocking up on school shoes for later in the term, anticipating one of the twins needing new shoes in about May....which is the worst time of the year to have to shell out for new school shoes. And I bought school tights for next winter. Check me, Mrs. 
Organised! But  can someone remind me in a few months as I'm likely to forget (they're in the hot press)

Finishing with this coat which is new stock from Autograph but it caught my eye and I can't stop thinking about it.  It's a khaki green trench coat. So beautifully made and looks much more expensive than it is. Sadly, by my standards, it is still kind of expensive. But I shall stalk it until the next 20% off coupon comes along and then maybe, just maybe?

Ok, I'm off to contemplate a second trip into Belfast for those trainers....
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  1. Oh I love culottes especially for the warmer months. I just put in a big order to Gap to check out what they had and I think I have one pair which is successful. I'm not sure if I suit them, long body, short legs but they are terribly practical for me and a great alternative to a non knicker flashing skirt. And the pink trainers? Get them. x

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  2. Those chelsea ankle boots are fab! You look great in the culottes (turns out I can't even spell it correctly, had to go back and edit it!)

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  3. oh i wish i could find a pair of culottes to suit me, being petite 5ft 3 inch, the ones i have tried all look too long, i will keep on looking.x

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