A culotte jumpsuit. A shapeless, over-sized one piece that is stark white.
The above may be a bit unnerving or evoke some style intimidation. But, trust me, I am not trying to scare you; Halloween has not come early. This one piece seems the definition of an old fashion faux-pas. It is a predominantly white outfit that I am rocking in the North Shore of Pittsburgh two months after Labor Day. Culottes are continuing to have a major moment, but are they here to stay? Over-sized dressing can be the definition of effortlessly chic, but also can walk the fine line of sloppy. That fine line becomes even thinner when that over-sized item is a one piece. The odds seems stacked against my style gut.
I locked eyes with this Utility Culotte One Piece from Free People months ago. I was instantly drawn to its uniqueness and the face that I wasn't clear on how to style it right away. It challenged me. Because of this perceived impracticality and intimidation, I held off on purchasing it. It fell down the rabbit hole that we all know too well, the online shopping cart. Numerous items added and removed on a daily basis, but the culotte one piece remained.
This is the thing about my style, it's a relationship; it is good to keep things interesting. When this beauty fell in price, I was out of excuses. It was time to step up to the plate. Once in my possession, the process of marrying items in my closet with my new purchase began. I had pulled a couple of options already. Some worked brilliantly and others failed miserably. The common thread in the do's was structure. A form fitting top where my body provided the structure or a fitted third piece, structure was the name of the game.
My favorite outfit thus far has to be this off the shoulder seamless top in black with my trusty Sam Edelman pointed booties. You know, the ones that you have seen in every post this fall. I found you... my go-to boootttiiieee. Sorry I am not sorry if you now have Bubba Sparxxx in your head for the rest of this post. The classic black and white color combo balances out the not-so-classic shape and provides a simple background for the details to shine. From the additional over-sized hip pockets to the scalloped cuffs with subtle embroidery, this culotte wonder piece keeps the interest level high. And, once you are out on a style limp, you might as well add a vintage bolo tie.
It seemed every time I slipped on this beauty, whether paired with a form-fitting band tee and sneaks or a tight layering top and heels, folks would say... "That is so you." Once again style gut, you were right. I will stop arguing.
Sometimes you just have to take the impractical and make it practical for yourself.