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Apparently pedal pushers are back… But I’m sticking with a chic pair of culottes and here’s why


by Marie Kelly
20th Jun 2018
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My Instagram feed is peppered with style stars wearing pedal pushers. Remember those? For those of you who don’t, they’re fitted trousers or jeans cut off right above the knee. I owned a pair the first time round in the eighties, so I feel I’ve lived that sartorial dream/nightmare and won’t be going there again.

Instead I’m sticking with a pair of chic culottes – the pedal pusher’s grown-up sister. They’re elegant, comfortable, breathable in summer and work whatever the season or occasion. Culottes are the reliable, dependable sibling of the on-again-off-again pedal pusher. If you’re not yet convinced, pick up a pair in the summer sales, which have just started. Here’s four to try.

I always try to pick up pieces in the sale that will work for autumn also. These Topshop corduroy culottes would look fabulous with a chunky textured knit or polo-neck in September. For now, I’m tempted to buy the jacket too as co-ords are such a cool but easy option in the mornings.

Corduroy cropped wide leg trousers, €42 (reduced from €90) at Topshop 

This earthy golden hue always appeals to me as it brings warmth to my pale skin. The piping detail gives these culottes a hit of athlesiure, which I really like.

Culotte trousers with contrast detail, €49.95 (reduced from €89.95) at Massimo Dutti

Khaki is a great neutral and easier to wear than shades of beige because it’s less likely to wash you out (speaking as a pasty person again). Khaki pants are a great alternative to jeans in summer too, as they’re lighter but still have that utilitarian feel.

Khaki culottes, €80 (reduced from €180) at bimbaylola.com

There’s something lovely about a pair of wool-mix trousers. They always feel very grown-up. At half price, these Cos culottes are a great buy and ideal for autumn too.

Tailored wool culottes, €50 (reduced from €99) at Cos

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