Feeling Cool in Culottes

What’s in this post: The culottes I fell in love with during New York Fashion Week after thinking I’d never be able to wear wide leg pants, face flattering sunglasses made from wood (that don’t look like wood), and I bet you’ll never guess what this bag is made of! 

The Look: [sp] Yatta Culottes in Ice Grey from Narrow Arrow ($64.67) // [sp] Wabisabi Shirt from Narrow Arrow ($117.29) // [sp] Activa Wood Sunglasses from Public Sunglasses ($79.00) // [c/o] Mimi Cork Vegan Teal/Croc Cross Body from Rok Cork ($178.00) // [c/o] Mist Grey Mule ($145.00) with Billie in Blush Strap ($49.50) from Alterre Shoes // Coachella Rose Tone Watch from Escape Watches ($195) // Similar Earrings (ON SALE – $37.50) // Styled by & Photos: Christina Stein Imberlina

Narrow Arrow grey culottes and shirt, Public Sunglasses, Rok Cork cross body bag | fall fashion trends, wide leg pants, trending, new york fashion week, street style

When Narrow Arrow told me they were sending me wide leg pants to wear during New York Fashion Week, at first, I was so excited. They looked incredible on the model and I was like, “those are perfect”. But then, wardrobe doubt set in as I thought to myself, “can I even pull these off?” I have muscular legs from all my years of dancing and I definitely don’t have dainty, skinny ankles.

You may have noticed, but in almost all my outfits, I’m normally wearing skirts or dresses (and rompers in the summer). I shy away from pants because it’s hard for me to find ones that are a) flattering and b) comfortable – except for yoga pants, which are the love of my life that I live in daily when I’m not taking photos.

Narrow Arrow grey culottes and shirt | fall fashion trends, wide leg pants, trending, new york fashion week, street style
Narrow Arrow grey culottes and shirt, Public Sunglasses, Rok Cork cross body bag | fall fashion trends, wide leg pants, trending, new york fashion week, street style
Narrow Arrow grey culottes and shirt, Public Sunglasses, Rok Cork cross body bag | fall fashion trends, wide leg pants, trending, new york fashion week, street style

Thank goodness for my stylist friend Christina who quickly settled my nerves. Her response was, “you can absolutely pull them off, you just need the right pair of shoes!” I trust her, she’s always right when it comes to what’s going to look best on my body shape.

Lo and behold, this might just be my favorite look from New York Fashion Week. Narrow Arrow has crafted the perfect pair of icey cool culottes (and now they have a drop dead gorgeous pair in merlot, too!). If you’ve been scared to try wide leg pants, these are the ones to break your fear. The ultra wide leg and elasticated waistband make these super comfy (plus, there are pockets!). I love that this look is both strong and feminine.

Narrow Arrow shirt, Public Sunglasses, cork cross body bag | fall fashion trends, wide leg pants, trending, new york fashion week, street style
Narrow Arrow grey culottes and shirt, Public Sunglasses, Rok Cork cross body bag | fall fashion trends, wide leg pants, trending, new york fashion week, street style

Narrow Arrow grey culottes and shirt, Public Sunglasses, Rok Cork cross body bag | fall fashion trends, wide leg pants, trending, new york fashion week, street style

In this look, I’m wearing them with the Wabisabi Shirt also from Narrow Arrow, which is so not your average white button up. It’s architecturally inspired with an exposed back panel that gives an edgy, but not overly exposed look. Because I’m on the shorter side of fashion industry standards, loosely crossing the bottom of the shirt in the front kept my body looking proportionate and accentuated my waistline (which goes to show, don’t feel like you always need to wear your clothes they way they’re “supposed” to go in the picture!).

Narrow Arrow founders Cass and Joss met at the young age of 12 through martial arts training. Don’t mess with them because they have both picked up a blackbelt, but this is also how they developed a fondness of Japanese shapes and cuts. From the start of their teenage years, Cass and Joss longed for the unique, out-of-budget, high fashion designs they saw gracing magazines and runways. Refusing to take part in temporary trends and the consequences of fast fashion, the pair vowed to create timeless, versatile pieces for fashionistas around the world. The road to bringing the brand to life has not been easy and for quite some time, it was as if life was dragging them back. But, like an arrow, those times are what positioned them to shoot forward. Hence the name, Narrow Arrow!

Narrow Arrow grey culottes and shirt, @alterreny shoes | fall fashion trends, wide leg pants, trending, new york fashion week, street style
Narrow Arrow grey culottes and shirt, Public Sunglasses, Rok Cork cross body bag | fall fashion trends, wide leg pants, trending, new york fashion week, street style
Wood Sunglasses from Public Sunglasses

This look took me from the Tracy Reese and Tanya Taylor presentations to strolling around Chelsea (one of my favorite areas of New York City). If there’s one thing I’ve learned from people watching on the streets during New York Fashion Week all these years, it’s that anyone who is anyone wears sunglasses. It’s one of those last minute details that I always forget, so I was eager to step up my shades game this year with Public Sunglasses. You’re going to be hearing more on Pubic Sunglasses from me very soon, but for now, know that I don’t just love them for their glasses, but also for the in tune approach they take to connecting with consumers. I’m wearing the Active style (which are modern, lightweight, wood sunglasses that don’t look like wood!) from their Elements Collection in these photos.

White button up shirt from Narrow Arrow, Wood Sunglasses from Public Sunglasses
Rok Cork sustainable cross body cork handbag
Narrow Arrow grey culottes and shirt, Public Sunglasses, Rok Cork cross body bag | fall fashion trends, wide leg pants, trending, new york fashion week, street style

And last, but certainly not least, how gorgeous is this teal cross body bag from Rok Cork? I bet you had no idea it was made from cork, which is beautiful, durable, and sustainable. The brand also upholds top ethical and sustainability standards with their core values and production process. The size of this bag is quite a blessing. It’s taller and wider (instead of deeper) than most cross bodies I’ve come across. So you can fit a lot in it without bulking it up (which is never flattering for bags that lay right on the hip).

Narrow Arrow grey culottes and shirt | fall fashion trends, wide leg pants, trending, new york fashion week, street style
Narrow Arrow grey culottes and shirt | fall fashion trends, wide leg pants, trending, new york fashion week, street style

Rok Cork sustainable cross body cork handbag

Are there any unique brands you are loving right now? I’d love to hear about them below!


**This post may contain affiliate and sponsored links (sponsored items are indicated with an [sp] above and gift items are indicated with a [c/o] above) because we all have to pay our bills, and I’d rather keep creating awesome content for you than get a real job. All opinions are my own.**