There’s something rather fascinating about past fashion, don’t you think? Not just the idea of thrifting and vintage and wondering who the girl who wore it before you was, but the actual trends, and how they influence us still today. Whether it’s the fit-and-flare silhouettes synonymous with the Fifties (which I wore a lot of when I was in my 20s) or the maxi lengths and flared shapes of the 70s, a lot of my wardrobe has been influenced by the fashions of yesteryear. After watching The Dig on Netflix, a gorgeous film set in 1939 England, I realised that there’s also a nod to the 30s in my wardrobe by way of the wide leg trouser.
I’ve always had a bit of a thing for wide leg trousers – I can remember a wool pair I had when I was 19 and I wore them everywhere, day and night. I’m sure they were from River Island and, of course, I now regret giving them away. In more recent years, my wide leg culottes come out every summer – one simple black pair, and another denim pair from Topshop (on which the zip sadly just broke). I love the high waist on both, that the tailored design is surprisingly easy to wear, and how they feel modern despite being a wardrobe staple over eighty years ago.
These viscose and linen mix culottes by Sonder Studio are the latest addition to my wardrobe, which were kindly gifted to me by the brand. I paired them with this cute shirt from H&M, which sits at the waist of the trousers, and they also look lovely with just a simple camisole or square neck top. For childminder-run reasons I wore flip-flops but they look amazing with my Castaner Carina espadrilles too, which I guess kind of adds to the vintage vibe.
I’m wearing a size 14 (my usual size in trousers) but I had to have them taken in at the waist – I left the hips as they were to avoid losing the flowing appearance. They come in two colours – ivory and stone – and the practical pockets are rather nicely juxtaposed with the softness of the skirt-like silhouette. I love them – they’re light and airy but not see-through, and they make me feel elegant, that little nod to the 1930s being just enough.
Shirt, H&M (I’m wearing a small, I’m usually a medium in tops)
Trousers, Sonder Studio (size 14, but I had to have the waist taken in, I’m wearing stone)
Flip flops, Havaianas at Next
Sunglasses, IOLLA (old, gifted)
Discount code for Sonder Studio until 31 Dec 2021: CHRISTINAM-20