Harem Pants: Are these a step too far?!

The drop-crotch style is definitely in trend. I myself have a pair of All Saints three-quarter lengths with a drop-crotch, or ‘dart fit’, style, that I simply cannot take off. And it’s not just All Saints that are jumping on the bandwagon, pretty much all high street stores are following suit with this runway trend, and it doesn’t seem to be going anywhere anytime soon. Sneak Peaks of this year’s high-street autumn/winter styles feature several drop-crotch denims and trousers as the must have item. So what then, for the drop-crotch’s closely related brother (or perhaps sister), the harem pant?

The Harem pant are like the birth child of a parachute and a pair of skinnies. They have an overly large crotch with a tapered ankle, and are often three-quarter length. Although Harem pants have only recently made an appearance on both runway and across stores, they are no new invention to the world. They originate from as far back as 16th Century Turkey, where they were originally worn under skirts and robes, and they have been popping up in history ever since. Most recently, they made a true appearance in the late 80′s, early 90′s, after the one and only MC Hammer (See Below)

After Hammer’s somewhat outlandish influence on this style, the craze died down, but 2010 faces a new era of the harem pant, bringing a new, sleek slant to the trend. Harem pants are already a big on-trend piece in women’s fashion (see below), but as always, the style is slowly creeping into the men’s sector. So forwards-thinking, can men really rock the harem style? Are the trousers cool and casual, or just a bit too fussy to be an essential part of our wardrobe as they have become for women? Stores such as H&M and Zara certainly don’t seem to think so, and are already developing the men’s style into their stores this summer.


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