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Style Glossary: Harem Pants

Harem Pants

Women's pant, fully gathered into waist and ankle areas. Origin from Near East. Often described as a baggy and saggy pant tapered at the ankle, with side flaps on the hip that button at the waist area. The urban popularity of the harem pant circulated in the early '90s with MC Hammer.

If you're feeling experimental, try these ASOS Jersey Cuffed Harem Style Trousers ($44).


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nati nati 9 years
every one has a pair of these in argentina, because they were all the rage 2/3 years ago.. I don't like them at all, but i have a pair for the gym class.
KateCoquette KateCoquette 9 years
This style of pant seems to be all the rage in Italy and France right now. Last month in both Milan and Nice I noticed SOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO many strange variations of these harem/HAMMER pants. It took some conditioning but eventually I quit automatically thinking of horrible hammer pants every time I saw someone walk by in a pair of these. I even kind of like the harem style pant now.
schmexy schmexy 9 years
i'd wear these if they were "harem-style sweatpants". otherwise, i'll pass.
Kristinh1012 Kristinh1012 9 years
I would not wear these. I think you have to be super slim for them to look good on you.
snarkypants snarkypants 9 years
i hate these.
daddio49 daddio49 9 years
shopcora - you are absolutely right. the pants you linked are described as "soft cropped pants feature a thick ribbed waist, long crotch, and deep pockets". That's right, LONG CROTCH. I'm sorry, I can't get into this trend...
reginapulchera reginapulchera 9 years
I had so many Hammer pants when I was little. But I think these pants are best left in 1990!
aimeeb aimeeb 9 years
I'll pass.
emalove emalove 9 years
These are terrible!
lizlee89 lizlee89 9 years
ugggh, no!
Stacey-Cakes Stacey-Cakes 9 years
Yuck, those are absolutely disgusting!
cassieleik cassieleik 9 years
okay so these harem pants look amazing compared to this catastrophe: http://www.karmaloop.com/products.asp?ProductID=28265&VendorCode=TFS yeah.
serenavallentine serenavallentine 9 years
you could only wear them if you had a svelte frame...on a normal woman these would look ridiculous.
neonbee neonbee 9 years
Those ones actually look better than most I've seen so far.
Sun_Sun Sun_Sun 9 years
omg these are horrendous :O
mirawilliams mirawilliams 9 years
Wow, way to make a hippy woman (me!) hippier. Do designers actually know what a real woman's body looks like? I think they've been around too many clothes-hanger bodies.
Beauty Beauty 9 years
Please, Hammer, don't hurt 'em!
chanel-addict chanel-addict 9 years
ugh!
hanako66 hanako66 9 years
ug...I do not think that I could get into this style again, though I do have pictures of me rocking them in elementary school....never say never I guess!
Jessiebanana Jessiebanana 9 years
Not my thing, though the Japanese drama that I watch has got me craving for capris, and I hate capris.
superstar2780 superstar2780 9 years
"The urban popularity of the harem pant circulated in the early '90s with MC Hammer." enough said. noooo thank you.
katiejane24 katiejane24 9 years
These I would wear, but really only as lounge pants. As far as the ankle length ones that I've spotted recently on celebrities...NO WAY.
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