Black Crane Linen culottes | size medium – still available at La Garconne, and selling out fast other places*
James Perse cap-sleeve t-shirt
Robert Clergerie Pepo sandals | mine are a couple years old – white version,
As with all things Black Crane, I knew I needed to order these ASAP before they sold out. I actually thought about them for 24 hours before taking the plunge (that’s my rule…if I’m still obsessed after 24 hours, I order), maybe even longer, but I was pretty sure from the moment I saw these culottes that I at least needed to try them.
Guys. They are amazing. As you can see, they’re more gray than black, which is okay, and probably the best you can get with linen. I sort of wanted them to be black black, but now I’m glad they’re not so dark.
On me, they’re nearly full-length pants, not really culottes (which is good, in my opinion!) and if I wear them lower on my waist, they really are. But I like them this way, where you can just see a bit of my ankle, and with a fitted top. Any shorter, and they would accentuate my wider calves in a way that I don’t like. If you’re not paying attention, these could pass as a skirt, honestly. It took my husband a second before he asked me “what happened to your…” – and I knew he was going to say “skirt” – like it had ripped or something – and then he caught himself, knowing my unconventional style as he does, and just finished with “nevermind.” ha.
Anyway, flattering or not, I’m keeping these, and hopefully I’ll end up wearing them as much as I’d like to. I’ve been wanting a pair of wide leg linen pants for a very long time, never finding a pair I loved. These are REALLY wide leg, but you probably know how I love an exaggerated silhouette, so I’m perfectly pleased with them. I also love to support smaller designers that produce in the US, and I’m glad to have finally gotten another item from Black Crane. Next up, this dress. Maybe.
Now that I’ve got these, I’ve finally decided – after much deliberation – to part with my Black Crane navy carpenter pants (seen on me here, more details here). I did wear them quite a bit, but as I’ve mentioned many times, they’re flannel cotton, very cozy, but not appropriate for very long here in Texas. So now, I’m ready to pass them on to someone else. Mine are navy, size medium. If you’re interested email me (grechen-at-grechenmedia.com).
I’ll write more about this in a more cohesive way, but as I’ve mentioned before, I’ve come to terms with the fact that I’ll cycle through things in my wardrobe. Seems like 2 years is sort of the limit with things that are not necessarily “my style” right at the outset, if that makes sense. At this point, I’m simply trading out one pair of Black Crane pants with another. And that’s okay. These linen pants though, seem so much more me than the carpenter pants ever did though. This outfit, this look, feels so good, so natural on me, that I think it will have staying power, but you never know. As I say, personal style is fickle, no matter what you’ve heard…