Culottes, Flares & Crops

OK...so there I was perusing the latest trends in pants (I know...so un-denim of me), and I found yet another revisiting trend.  Well...revisiting trends are to be expected AND embraced, for with each recurrence unique interpretation is applied, and all is new again!

This time it's culottes; a little used term often exchanged for wide-legs (flares) and crops.  So, here's a little history on the term along with its current interpretation (compliments of Wikipedia).

Louis XVI in the early version of Culottes, which at the time were snug, knee length breeches that cinched at the hem..


Louis XVI in the early version of Culottes, which at the time were snug, knee length breeches that cinched at the hem..

The word culottes originated in France, and was commonly worn by gentlemen with means.  In fact, during the French Revolution, the working class revolutionaries were known as "sans-culottes", derived from their rejection of the aristocratic apparel.

Louis Vuitton Spring 2015


Louis Vuitton Spring 2015

Of course, Flares and Crops are simply adaptations of this creation; varying by fitted waistlines and longer (or shorter) hems.  

Keno Spring 2015


Keno Spring 2015

Chanel Spring 2015


Chanel Spring 2015

Valentino Spring 2015


Valentino Spring 2015

And as we women are apt to do, we borrowed (and adapted) these from our men's closets, and made a much more comfortable (if not fashionable) version, taking our full skirts and literally dividing them like pants.  All while preserving their beauty and adding comfort!  Ahh...Femmes sont le plus sage!

Valentino Spring 2015


Valentino Spring 2015

No matter your preference, it's ALL beautiful!

Hermes Spring 2015


Hermes Spring 2015

Adeam Resort 2015


Adeam Resort 2015

Anthropologie


Anthropologie