Harem pants or harem trousers, also known as parachute pants, are women’s baggy long pants tapered at the ankle, with side flaps on the hip that button at the waist area.
Harem pants, which originated in India, are like a cross between a skirt and a pair of skinny jeans. The legs, from the knees down, are fitted. The crotch area is loose and baggy as if it were cut to be a skirt. Traditional harem pants can be extremely large and baggy, with a very wide and full fit, very roomy, loose fitting, over-sized, puffy, and spacious, with elastic in waist and at ankles, and with the crotch below the knee almost to the ground.
A “modern” version of harem pants was made popular in the late 1980s by MC Hammer and thus known as hammer pants. They are intended to be made more fashionable and require less fabric.
Harem Pants have been there for a while now. Although some view them as a little bit too trendy to pull off, I find the trend of these slouchy pants to be a nice break from the regular jeans and straight fit trousers. They definitely seem tricky to style, but that’s the beauty of them!
They are unique enough and you may not need anything else to look chic. They are actually very flattering. When styling harems, you can keep the following things in mind and you shall never regret buying them!
Fabric – Thick and structured fabrics are recommended with harems as they will flatter your body shape. Cotton, Linen are good choices and Silks are a big no-no!
The Cut – No matter how good they look on runways, but too much drape can look sloppy. Hence, its advisable to go with the cuts which are lose around the thighs and crotch but no so lose that the fabric brunches when standing.
Strictly avoid drop crotch pants unless you are a super risk taker!
Waist Highlight – Another important factor to consider while styling harems is to highlight your waist. This will balance out the bulk.
Top – Try wearing harems with a tighter fitting top, a belt or a cropped jacket to give you shape around your waist and the torso.
Length matters – I personally feel ankle length harem pants look more flattering than the knee length ones because the full length pants add to the length of your legs however, the knee length pants cut the length of your legs in half making you look shorter.
Shoes – Generally, heels make legs look longer, you can also style harems with flats and sandals.
P.S. Let harem pants be the center of attention and keep other accessories light. These are easier to pull off if you pair them with something classic as opposed to other uber-trendy pieces.
Last but not the least, wear your harems with confidence and a smile!
Animal print shirt: Old Navy
Harem Pants: Shoppers Stop
Denim Vest: Mango
Shoes: Janpath, New Delhi
Sunglasses: Ray Ban
Jhola Bag: Janpath, New Delhi
Hoop Earrings: Lajpat Nagar, New Delhi