Cutoff pants for other people (non-shortie people) are usually regular pants for me.
And regular pants either mean ankle bunch AKA having to roll them 5 times, or an expensive and annoying trip to the tailor.
I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again: It’s hard out there (dressing) for a shortie y’all!
The last 6 months have been a whirl wind for me with Violet Fog. My style has developed so much along the way and I want to share what I’ve been learning: like when you take an outfit pic, have the photographer squat down and point the camera up- it elongates your legs!
Okay back to CULOTTES. The first time I ever saw these, it took me .02 seconds to respond with: “F*CK. NO.”
If you haven’t guessed it already… it was Katey who first told me to try them. She’s usually right with style for me… but this time I thought: swing and a miss, girl. Even she didn’t seem that confident! “Cyn just try them. There’s a good chance they won’t work out, but if they do- they’ll look awesome.”
“NO. Noooooo. NO way!”
… and then I tried them on.
Yes, yes… I ended up loving them because they are COMFY AF! Who knew?! No lie, I could sleep in these all day, run errands in them, and even wear them to happy hour.
The ones I’m wearing are from Kit & Ace (they have one in Hayes Valley and one in the Marina) which play a huge role– they are created beautifully. Other culottes I’ve tried on don’t fit as well (more details on this below).
So here’s the STYLE MATH for Shorties + Culottes:
Something to note: Not all culottes are created equal! As shorties it’s great to find ones that are higher waisted (elongates the legs) and have a heavier (but thin!) material that looks elegant and sways beautifully with movement.
See what I mean by a heavier thin material that sways beautifully? (<— okay, those were Katey’s words lol.) WELL… who says culottes can’t show off some shape? When the material is thin enough you can still see some curve and shape when you walk (like above!) but heavy material often looks more expensive. Kit and Ace does a great job with theirs. My whole fit is from there- it’s expensive but their attention to detail is crazy insane!
Culottes: Another surprising win for shortie world. 😉