Re­laxed tai­lor­ing, fluid fab­rics and flowy sil­hou­ettes – the pants-as-skirt trend is back for spring.

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or any fash­ion fan who has been around the block a few times – and put a few looks to bed – a list of sum­mer’s more outré trends might cause con­cern: ta­pered jeans, ther­a­peu­tic look­ing san­dals and, the most ma­ligned of all, cu­lottes.

Like it or not, huge trousers are back, and cu­lottes take up a good slice of the styles on of­fer. Over­seas they’ve been adopted by de­sign­ers and the fash­ion com­mu­nity with aplomb, while here there are a smat­ter­ing of full-length styles avail­able, and plenty that end around the knee. A quick round of ap­plause for shorts that re­quire more than a few inches of fab­ric, please.

Cu­lottes’ bad rap as mumsy and un­flat­ter­ing is un­de­served: in re­al­ity they suit lots of body types. Styles that have a stream­lined top half and flow­ing leg are more flat­ter­ing than a three-quarterlength skirt.

Coun­ter­act their full­ness with a trim shirt, sweater or a tee. For full cropped styles, a heel will fight off the frump, while to pull off floor­length flow­ing styles you could chan­nel a 70s vibe with a tank top, flat san­dals and a whop­ping pair of ear­rings.

PHOTOGRAPHS: BELINDA MER­RIE

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