Here it is, the most hotly anticipated review of the month (second only to Spectre): my COS culottes. Purchased on Monday, posed in on Tuesday and finally worn on Wednesday (I'll be married to them by Friday if Craig David's predictions are true).
So, winner or bin 'em?
Definitely a change of look for me. I normally spend my days shoehorned into skintight jeans with baggy jumpers over the top. So it is perhaps no surprise that I am completely sold on how comfortable these trousers are. I have been wafting around the house in them, gliding to unload the washing machine, gliding to wipe down the changing mat. You get the picture - a lot of gliding.
Aside from the comfort factor the fit is great. They have an elasticated waist which I normally hate but these sit perfectly above my hips. There is no ruching around the waist or excess gathering of material. They also stay put and there is no endless hoiking of them, back up over my hips.
Mercifully there is also no crease factor (a precondition of any purchase - shop assistants must hate me as I scrunch everything before I try it to test for creasing).
They sit just above my ankles but are long enough to cover my calves (thank god) so are as flattering as a culotte is going to get. I always struggle to know what footwear to wear with things like this. They far and away look best without socks with a cool brogue or white trainer - they would look great in the summer with sandals. Sadly it is now winter and I HATE being cold. I need warmth. Given that most hipsters wear the bizarest of footwear combinations I'm going to wear socks and have done with it. It goes against every fashion rule I ever learnt but then so did trainers and jeans. Times have changed.
So far I'm giving them 8/10. They are tres cool and I love them but they are never going to be the most flattering objects and I do look a bit like I'm off for a round of golf in the 1920's. £79.00 from COS. Now, back to gliding........