Culottes are the zombies of fashion. We say we hate them and won’t wear them, but every decade culottes rise from the dead and it’s yet another culotte moment in fashion history. Despite declaring them “torso-truncating, leg-bisecting, billowing,” New York Magazine recently defended the culotte:
“Culottes are aggressively unsexy. Which is perhaps why men tend to hate them. But that’s kind of the point. Culottes are about women more than men, about what it feels like to wear them rather than how people respond to them. From their earliest associations with suffragists and female athletes to their newfound popularity, these breezy pants are about liberation, and, really, what could be more sexy than that?” —New York Magazine (check out the fun historical slide show that goes along with the article)
On that note, let’s take a look at some of the culotte patterns Butterick has brought you over the years:
Here are some 2015 culotte pattern options:
So, are you ready to give culottes a try this season, or would you rather wait another ten years for their next time in the sun?