High Waisted cropped military style culottes trousers

Right, let’s be straight up about this. To me, this felt like a high-fashion outfit. I know it’s hardly pushing the envelope in the world of Man Repeller, but for little old me this is really quite fashion-forward. I’m a skinny jeans and ballet pumps kind of a girl; so in my everyday wardrobe, this outfit of culottes and orange mules is killing it.

High waisted Cropped military style culottes trousers

Boutique Shopping

Most of this ensemble was picked up in my favourite boutique, March on Fulham Road (I love it when a shopping trip involves only a 5 minute stroll up the road). The owner, Liza, has a fantastic eye for lesser-known brands, many of which work brilliantly on us tall ladies. These Saga culottes are by Marella, the same brand that produced the elegant grey skirt from our Workwear blog a few weeks ago. An offshoot of MaxMara, this brand is definitely worth keeping an eye on for classic, beautifully cut pieces that work on a tall frame.

High waisted Cropped military style culottes trousers

An Education In Effortless Chic

Initially, this heavy fabric brought to mind an association with military uniform (circa WW1), or maybe there was a reminiscence of my boarding school bottle-green, woollen skirts. Once on, however, they couldn’t have been further from the shapeless, androgynous horrors of my sixth-form days. The beauty is in the cut; although generous in fabric around the hips and thighs, the belted high waist gives definition to the silhouette. Teamed with a simple, slim-fitting white tee (this one by Splendid), the effect is so chic yet effortless, it has to go into the HøFSisters hall of fame.

high waisted cropped military style culottes trousers

The shoes, meanwhile, were a steal. Gone are the days of having to fork out for a stylish pair of size 9’s. These great New Look Mules, with a mirrored heel and in a beautiful tangerine hue, were the perfect pair to finish off this elegant outfit.

Now to start planning a suitably stylish trip to the National Gallery followed by an indulgent lunch at The Portrait restaurant – just what this outfit deserves; and after eight weeks of entertaining my children, maybe I deserve it too!