Four expert-approved ways to pay less tax
Four expert-approved ways to pay less tax

Nick Charalambous

This Monkstown home is a serene dream, yet still perfectly suited to the demands of family life
This Monkstown home is a serene dream, yet still perfectly suited to the demands of...

IMAGE Interiors & Living

Crossing: Director Levan Akin on his new film, patriarchy and the importance of family
Crossing: Director Levan Akin on his new film, patriarchy and the importance of family

Sarah Finnan

Weekend Guide: Festivals, exhibitions, and more great events
Weekend Guide: Festivals, exhibitions, and more great events

Sarah Gill

IMAGE staff pick their top skincare products from French beauty brands
IMAGE staff pick their top skincare products from French beauty brands

Edaein OConnell

Inside the former tram ticketing office on the market for €680,000
Inside the former tram ticketing office on the market for €680,000

Sarah Finnan

The rise of teeth gems on the Irish scene
The rise of teeth gems on the Irish scene

Oyindamola Animashaun

Page Turners: ‘The Story Collector’ author Evie Woods
Page Turners: ‘The Story Collector’ author Evie Woods

Sarah Gill

5 foolproof summer ‘fits
5 foolproof summer ‘fits

Sarah Finnan

The massage I’ve spent the past month thinking about
The massage I’ve spent the past month thinking about

Sarah Gill

Image / Fashion

My Favourite Piece For SS16 (And AW16)? Culottes


By Marie Kelly
04th May 2016
My Favourite Piece For SS16 (And AW16)? Culottes

About 15 years ago I made the mistake of handing over a pair of monochrome tweed culottes to a charity shop. They were the perfect pair; high waisted, with pockets, and long enough to hide that awkward bit of leg that peeps out above a pair of calf-length boots. Whoever it was that said anything you haven’t worn in a year should be relegated to your closet clear-out pile was wrong (and possibly on retainer with a retail giant). Unless you’ve never felt good in a piece, or will never fit into it again, keep it and wait for its second coming.

Culottes emerged from fashion obscurity last year, and they were a dominant presence on the SS runways in February (Victoria Beckham, Tibi and Acne Studios all embraced the skirt/trouser hybrid). Like the jumpsuit, which appeared several season’s ago as something of a novelty micro-trend but has now cemented itself as an office-appropriate classic, the culotte looks likely to be the next unlikely wardrobe staple. Now is a good time to buy as they made another strong showing at the AW16 shows, at Lanvin and Xiao Li to name but two. I’ve already picked up a camel and navy pair from Zara (great trans-seasonal colours) and a denim version at River Island. I’m lusting after a black leather pair (I missed the boat last season at Selected Femme) and I’m contemplating Finery London’s satin utility culottes too.

I’ll be wearing my camel culottes with a pair of Whistles cut-out shoe boots, while my Zara tan suede ankle boots will prevent those navy culottes from looking in any way corporate. For now, the search continues for those butter-soft black leather culottes. It may take me the rest of the year to find them, but when I do, I know they’re not just for Christmas, they’re for life.

Screen Shot 2016-05-03 at 16.20.59

 

Screen Shot 2016-05-03 at 16.20.33

 

Screen Shot 2016-05-03 at 16.20.45

 

Screen Shot 2016-05-03 at 16.19.51

 

Screen Shot 2016-05-03 at 16.20.05