I’m very much stepping out of my pant comfort zone this fashion season. The wide-legged culotte is everywhere.
It’s a pant style that I’ve very much steered cleared of most of my entire adult life. So why the change in attitude?
I honestly don’t know. All I know is that I’m always open to giving my style comfort zone a little nudge beyond its current limits.
In recent years, that nudging has seen me embrace distressed jeans/shorts and off-the-shoulder anything. Those things no longer feel like a stretch to me. They’re very much a part of my everyday style.
So, when Zambezee Boutique‘s Natalie Hanley contacted me to see if I was up for trying out this new Mela Purdie pant style (from the Mela Purdie spring-summer 2017 collection), I hesitated for a second before agreeing to push my current pant-wearing boundaries.
And I’m so glad I did.
The key to making this pant style work is that we need to see a hint of where your waist sits. I’m not a full tuck kind of girl but the half tuck works in its place. What this does is balance out the volume of fabric in the leg so as not to “block” you.
The flat front of these pants is super flattering. I chose to just loosely tie the belt rather than a bow as is on the model. They are true to size. The pants are long (I’m 166cm) so I rolled the hem up into a cuff for these photos but will get them altered so that they sit grazing the top of my ankle. This is the ideal length for a flattering finish.
A mule, like I’m wearing, is a great style for wearing with culottes, as is a wedge, platform or flat slide. Unless you’re Nina Proudman, it doesn’t really work with a boot.
The pant is a stretch cotton, so is super comfortable to wear – comfort, versatitly and wearability are trademarks of the Mela Purdie label. These are clothes that are designed to travel with you. Every time I travel (whether it’s an over-nighter or three weeks overseas), you’ll always find me including and wearing Mela pieces. They also look good and remain looking “as new” for years. Just ask me … my oldest Mela piece is more than 10 years old.
This is especially the case for any of my Mela pieces made from the label’s trademark technical fabric, as this shirt is. The technical fabric is man-made but is breathable and stunningly soft and luxe to wear. Apart from looking great, this is a fabric that you can pop in the washing machine, hang out to (quickly) dry and wear again without ironing. Each pieces rolls up to take up minimal suitcase space. And each piece can be dressed up or down.
I love the shade of blue in this shirt and will also wear it back with black or white pants, shorts or skirt.
Please note, I know this label is not for everyone’s budget. It’s for women who wish to buy fewer pieces each season, but buy knowing that those pieces will still look just as good for years to come. It’s very ok if you’re not that woman and it’s ok if you are.
So tell me, are you already on board the culotte pant-style train? A fan of Mela Purdie?
* These garments were gifted to me for editorial consideration. Full disclosure policy here. I am an ambassador for FRANKiE4 Footwear.