The culotte has long been a go-to for polished ease, but this loose-cut silhouette has come into its own this year, with increased time spent at home. As comfort has become king, we’ve gravitated towards fluid pieces that have movement. These camel culottes by YOOX NET-A-PORTER For The Prince’s Foundation – the visionary Modern Artisan collaboration with HRH The Prince of Wales’s educational charity – are just the ticket for smart events in the working week and more low-key weekends.
Designed in Italy and inspired by Leonardo da Vinci’s use of drapery in his artworks, the culottes are crafted from existing merino fabrics to reduce the environmental impact, and 100 percent of profits go to the Prince’s Foundation charity – meaning this smart-casual staple comes with a feel-good factor. For refined elegance, pair with the organic silk shirt from the same collection, plus a tailored black overcoat and pointed-toe knee boots to add an air of city slickery. Chloé’s crossbody bag, Loro Piana’s tartan scarf and gold-tone jewelry from Alighieri will bring winter warmth to this minimalist look.
For days spent relaxing, shrug on Totême’s knitted vest and a plaid oversized cardigan by MCQ – these culottes are ideal for lounging in. With a cozy sheepskin lining, Porte & Paire’s slip-on mules are the perfect indoor-outdoor shoe for that short walk to the coffee shop. Though, with the comforting scent of a Diptyque candle, you’d be forgiven for staying indoors all day.