Last year, I stuck my toe in the culottes pool. And I liked it. I actually liked it more than I thought but I think it was also down to the fact that I had bided my time and decided how I wanted to wear them - with trainers and with bare legs. I also decided on a denim like pair so the transition in to something other than jeans wasn't going to be too traumatic and that decision actually worked very well for me.
This year, I'm going down the culottes path again and infact the first thing I decided to wear this year on one of the few warm days we had was my culottes. They offer you the whole bare leg thing without making you feel too exposed. And it also means for some of the lazy girls amongst us - you only need to shave/remove hairs and tan up to your knees :o))
Anyway, I was in M&S the other day and spotted some dark denim (quite minimalist style) culottes and I tried them on with a little white shirt that I had spotted previously as I liked the short boxy proportions of this teamed with the high waisted culottes. I thought it very Brittany Bathgate if she was to put her foot in M&S. This isn't a great picture as you can't see the detail on the culottes and I don't have her svelte like proportions and I'm older by a good 20 years but you get the jist.
I'm trying a size 10 in both items here. I also heard there was a rumour that Marks & Sparks were having one of their 20% Family & Friends days coming up so I thought I would bide my time. Well my friends, that day is upon us and the discount code MAY16A12 can be used. And as luck would have it ... my shirt is not available online (what time do you people seriously wait up to to get your orders in????) but my culottes are.
And just to stick another pair of culottes in to the equation, I found some in Tesco F&F yesterday. Again, not a dissimilar fit and quite flattering on but a slightly lighter weight denim at a great price. These come up big in a size 10 so I sized down to an 8 (and I am so not an 8) and they fitted very similar to a size 10 in the Marks & Spencer's ones. Whoever said M&S was generous in sizing wasn't talking about their culottes for sure as they are just on the cusp of tight but I think the denim will loosen. I did bring the F&F ones home with me and I will be ordering the M&S to compare to see which are my favourites but I think M&S just have the edge on the styling but we shall see.
And whilst I'm ordering ... I'm going to pop a bottle of Alpha H Liquid Gold in there. I need all the beauty help I can get these days and it's one of the few beauty items I actually repeat buy so I might as well stock up now #ageisunkind
3. Cos Frill Detail Stripe Top (love, love this)