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Fashionista NOW: Loving The Comfy & Fashionable Harem “Aladdin” Pants

Harem pants are a cross between a skirt and a pair of skinny jeans. If normal pants or skinny jeans were to make love to a skirt, harem pants would be their baby. I know how corny that sounded like, but I just had to share it for laughs.

The legs of the pants from the knee down are fitted, while the crotch area is loose and baggy as if designed at first as a skirt.

If you’re having one of those days where you can’t make up your mind about whether to put on a skirt or pants, wear the harem pants instead. After all, them pants offer both in a single cool package.

Originating from India, these pants were traditionally made to be extremely baggy and over-sized – elastic in the waist and at the ankles; and the crotch area falls way below the knee and very close to the ground.

These harem pants are also known by many names. I, for example, call ‘em “Alibaba pants”. They’re also called aladdin pants, balloon pants, drop crotch pants, parachute pants, salwar kameez, Turkish trousers, pumphose, pantaloons, zouave, sirwal and sharovary.. err just to name a few!

In the late 80s and 90s, the harem pants flourished under the spotlight shone by the rapper MC Hammer and were known as the “hammer pants” instead. During this time, the pants were made to be tapered at the ankles, making it perfect for breakdancing.

Let’s take a look at how you can wear these slouchy pants in a very modern and fashionable way.

Imagine not having to bother about how your posterior look like or if you’re sporting the infamous camel toe while wearing pants. The harem pants with bold arty prints like the one in the picture above will give you that peace of mind and added bonus of looking extremely good too.

Harem pants don’t cling to your figure like those skinny jeans and leggings. They give a more laid-back feel to any outfit.

This is an example of a much baggy crotch area design. You can see that the unique folds that gather around the waist-to-the-knees create a semi-skirt effect. The black gladiator sandals add a curious accent to the whole attire – love it!

These leopard print harem pants are just splendid. Though I adore leggings – there are days the legs just want to escape all the ‘smothering’ from those skin-clinging type of pants.

For a soft and feminine wear, you can always get harem pants in the soft tones of pinks, corals or purples. I love how the pants’ soft and flowing texture eases effortlessly into the whole ultra-feminine look.

A muted dark tone for a more toned down appearance can be amazing for a sort of formal yet elegant wear. I’m not digging those chunky boots though.

If you’re aiming to make a bold and unique fashion statement, harem pants with significant prints like in the picture above would do the trick. Very quirky and fun, I like that.

For a more glamour night-out wear, try these sequined harem pants. Check out how shiny they are.

The pants can also be incorporated into a casual vintage-esque ensemble like in the picture above.

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Here on Fashionista NOW, our one and very own Miss Reverie showcases the latest in fashion trends and its various social implications in our everyday lives. You may read more of her at REVERIE SANCTUARY.

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