crop top: Forever 21 (similar) // culottes: ModCloth // shoes: Sam Edelman c/o Shopbop // earrings: c/o Beaded by W // purse: vintage Coach via Pieceology Vintage
photos by Chelsea Laine Francis
I’m back at it with the culottes! When 2017 started, I basically decided I couldn’t handle jeans anymore. I felt restricted (you know, from all that parkour I do) and would get antsy if I had to wear jeans for more than a couple of hours. I wasn’t, however, reaching immediately for my closet full of skirts (until I got this one, that is). It seemed that what I was looking for was somewhere in between.
Culottes shouldn’t really make “sense” on my body. They’re the kind of thing I previously would have avoided entirely, refusing to even try on. There are certain silhouettes I can wear, and some that are best left to other women. That was then, and this is culottes. AKA a perfectly great garment my body is totally capable of wearing – and looking slammin’ in too.
Pairing these babies with a crop top felt like the ultimate “eff you” to rules of flattery. I’m finally realizing, even after all these years, that just because an article of clothing doesn’t look on me the way it does in my head (AKA the way it “should” look; the way it looks on the size two model), doesn’t mean it can’t look great, in a different way, on me.
Think about a painting you’ve seen. If you picked up your own paint brushes and what you created looked different from that painting, you wouldn’t put them down. What you create is beautiful in its own way, has its own value, and there’s no reason to compare it to anything else. Fashion is like art in that way: everything is up to interpretation and there’s no one right way to do it.