How to Style Harem Pants

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
Watch: Titan
Hoop Earrings: Lajpat Nagar, New Delhi


Printed Pants – My version

I never thought I could force myself to wear printed pants. For some reason I felt they won’t look good on me, they are not my style. But then until you try how would you know, and I decided to come out of my comfort zone.
So this happened few weeks before when I went shopping with my sister and saw these pants. I immediately liked the color and the print and tried them on. Voila! I loved them. The fabric is made of cotton which is very soft and the pants are super light, best for Delhi summers.

Here is my take –

Few ways to style printed pants –
1. Don’t fear to wear print on print. It’s actually fun mixing prints.
2. Try pairing stripes with printed bottoms. Stripes act as a balancing element.
3. Wearing heels is one way of dressing up printed pants. But I chose to go the other way round, and dressed them down with these loafers.
4. You can team them up with a nice clutch if dressing up, or a sling bag when dressing down.
5. Accessories – Keep it to minimum. Reason being there is already too much on your body, hence, no need to increase the clutter.

Just go ahead try this funky trend. I’m sure there is one pair of printed pants (or shorts) made for you, somewhere, lying on the racks! Go figure!


T-Shirt: Marks & Spencer
Pants: Lee Cooper
Shoes: Bata
Bag: Incense
Stone necklace: Pantaloons
Yellow stud earrings: Lajpat Nagar, New Delhi
Bangles: Gifted by SIL
Watch: Invicta

Casual Get-up

I love the month of July. Reason – Its my birth month. And I am a true Cancerian.
Now, my birthday is approaching soon and I am ready to accept the gifts, showers of blessings, etc. from all my loved ones.
On other subject, my husband loves playing cricket. Every weekend he plays early morning cricket with his team. This Saturday he got hit by the ball on his back and hence he came back home with a muscle cramp. More than feeling pity on him, I was angry at him. I was like – “why the hell in the world you have to play this stupid game! You always come up with wounds at new places!”

But hours later, when my temper cooled down, I thought to myself, had the mothers and wives of Sachin, Dravid, Ganguly thought the same ways, they would not have been such maestros in their fields.
Not that I am saying, my husband would become one now, its just that wounds and bruises are part of life. If you don’t fall, how will you learn to rise.
Well, my anger then fumed away and I was all fine.

In the evening, I said to him, “Now, that you are bruised, what about our weekend plans?”
Hubby – “Who says I can’t take you out? I am all fit and fine for you! Go dress up, let’s go and have gol gappas!”
Me – “Who dresses up just to have gol gappas? I will go as it is, in my casuals :-\”
Hubby – “Fine by me. You look hot in everything!”
Me – (Shy and Smiling)..

We then went out and had amazing street food (who wouldn’t when Delhi is famous for it).
Check out the pictures below from my casual day out! And mind you, the next day I went to watch Spiderman and did some shopping too! No doubt my man is a super hero! Fit & Fine for me!! Always.

Striped Tank: Walmart
Checkered Shirt: Westside
Casual shorts: Husband’s (I love wearing his stuff)
Watch: Invicta
Pearl Earrings: Lajpat Nagar, New Delhi
Wallet: Wilson Leather
Multi colored slip-ons: Macy’s