Fashion Trivia: Harem PantsThursday, October 13, 2011
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, spacious, with elastic in waist and at ankles, and with the crotch below the knee almost to the ground.
Harem pants are commonly worn with a pleated skirt - a short skirt that covers the top portion of the harem pants. Both harem pants and pleated skirts are commonly used in belly dancing. There are resources that show various forms of pleated skirts and explain how they are created.
They've also emerged as a modern version of harem pants made popular in the late 1980s by MC Hammer and thus known as hammer pants. They are intended to be made more fashionable and less fabric requirement.
Similar pants are also known as dimije, tshalvar, schalwar, salwar kameez, kaccha, patiala salwar, shintijan, sirwal, sharovary, Turkish trousers, Aladdin pants, balloon pants, drop crotch pants, pantaloons, zouave, pluderhose and pumphose.
I also share the love of harem pants in my last post.
Whenever I wear one, I feel free and I can move comfortably. I can dance, run, etc. It also brings a bohemian or an urban streetstyle vibe to one's outfit.
What I know is that this style didn't die with McHammer. He was a legend for making this his own style and now we currently love. They both outlived it.
What do you guys think?