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Oh yes, they’re back and in a major way. Culottes are here and designers have given us endless choices. Many different fabrics (my favorite being a summer crepe), various lengths, flat front, accordion pleated and cuffed. I could go on and on but I digress.

Have you ever been looking through old photos of your grandmother from when she was young and come across her dressed in an extremely wide leg trouser? At first you may have thought it was a cocktail length skirt but you’d be wrong. Your grandmother rocked today’s trend way before you were even born.

I remember as a teen, looking at pictures of my mother when she was a child. One in particular was a photo of her during an equestrian lesson. My grandfather, (a professional photographer) captured my grandmother standing and leaning on the fence while watching my mother in the outdoor arena. What was she wearing….culottes. Not only did I discuss my mom’s riding ability back then but my grandmother and I also discussed her choice in fashion.

She told me that in her time, culottes were the modern-day women’s go to piece of clothing if they were to do any activity, wherein modesty was needed. It was the answer to riding a bike, horse-backing riding and/or roller skating just to name a few.

Women were so refined back then. My how things have changed.

As I mentioned earlier, the culottes come in several lengths and as you can see, I went with the traditional mid-calf length.

Photography by Bekka Palmer   TopZara | CulottesZara | Shoes: JCrew (old) | BagLouis Vuitton | Bracelet:  David Yurman (old) | Watch: Michael Kors (old) | Sunglasses: Street Vendor     

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