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The French word “culottes” sounds quite exotic in English. However, it just means a type of practical trousers that women used to wear when they wanted to get some serious work done. They have been fashionable in many historical contexts where formal wear for women was elaborate and cumbersome. Early feminists in the Victorian era were delighted to ditch their crinolines and step into flowing, knee-length culottes instead. Riding, hiking, gardening and every other country pursuit were much more enjoyable in the free and easy culottes of the nineteenth century. Rebels wore them on the catwalks and in the streets in the 1960s, as a more modest and relaxed alternative to the miniskirt. Today, culottes are still popular because they are stylish, comfortable, and above all, very practical for a woman who likes to be active.
Plus size culottes for work
The no-nonsense, business-like practicality of culottes can be ideal for many situations at work. If you are expected to climb ladders and stairs, carry boxes, or move around when you work, then some types of clothing can feel restrictive. Wide culottes have all the flowing elegance of a skirt, with the freedom and comfort of trousers. Persona by Marina Rinaldi has a pinstripe version that would look perfect in any office or retail environment. There is no need to dress down if you want to be active at work: culottes offer the perfect balance between elegance and practicality in the working environment.
Culottes for fun and leisure
Culottes can be a super choice for leisure time pursuits. At navabi, there are some decidedly fun designs such as the button front culottes by Zizzi in light blue, stretch denim. Worn with tennis shoes or platform trainers, they create a young and happy mood. In contrast, the lined lace culottes in khaki-green by Manon Baptiste look especially striking when matched with a black top. Worn with heels and a floating cape or waistcoat, this outfit has an other-worldly, adventurous feel that makes it perfect for a special date. All options are open, when it comes to creating an individual and magical look with culottes.
Dressing for the occasion with culottes
The great thing about culottes is that they come in many different shapes, sizes, colours and fabrics. There are A-line forms that accentuate the waist and swirl around your legs like a midi skirt. Cotton culottes are cool and practical in summer, while jersey will keep you warm on days when the thermometer falls. Many of the culottes at navabi are made of fabric blends that offer the best combination of breathability, shape retention, durability and comfort. Information on all the fabrics is available on the website at navabi, so that you can always be sure to pick the right pair of culottes. No matter what the occasion, there is bound to be a perfect pair of culottes at navabi.