When culottes first hit stores a couple of seasons ago, I immediately turned my nose up.
They looked ugly, hard-to-wear and from all accounts were wholly unflattering on just about everyone. In my humble opinion, they could go back to the nineties/early noughties where they belonged.
Now, I’m their number one fan.
It wasn’t exactly planned. During my annual sh*t-the-weather-is-warm-and-I-have-nothing-to-wear panicked shopping trip, I picked up a pair of $40 navy and white striped high waisted pants in Zara. They looked smart, light and most of all comfy. Too lazy to try them on, I decided to take a chance and just buy them.
New pants obviously call for a selfie. Image: Supplied/Brittany Stewart
It was only when I got home I noticed the slightly wide cropped bottoms. They weren't pants, they were culottes - but to my surprise they weren't so bad.
Yes, turns out the style bloggers' pant of choice is actually practical AND wearable in real life.
It's been almost a year since I've converted and my wardrobe has never been stronger. I LOVE them.
Cutting off a couple of inches above the ankle, they're the midi-skirt of pants - except you can do cartwheels in them. The high-waisted top helps add shape and they're a great way of showing leg on warmer days without baring it all and they're surprisingly versatile.
Image: Supplied/Brittany Stewart
Tailored, smart but still kinda casual, they're perfect for the office but equally as appropriate for going out in too - I just add a nice top and heels.
The stripes on my Zara pair help to elongate my body (a good tip for any people concerned about height) and unlike shorts and jeans, the elasticated waist makes them super comfy on your tummy.
It also helps that I've never got so many compliments on a single pair of pants as I have on every occasion I've worn these. (Post continues after gallery.)