After their most recent resurgence on the runways, harem pants have continuously garnered the attention and admiration of the fashion world. They have appeared season after season in many slightly different styles and patterns. They often insight memories of the ‘90s rapper MC Hammer and his infamous “Hammer Pants,” but this tapered style is no longer known most popularly as the ideal pant for break dancing. Instead, they simply show off one’s fashion sense.
This newly renovated style of harem pant features a fitted waist (usually elastic) with fabric that flows out near the hips and then tapers in at the legs. Some harem pants have more highly emphasized loose fabric near the hips and a tighter taper while others remain less extreme. Either way, the unique silhouette of harem pants allows Fashionistas everywhere to standout among the crowd.
This Fashionista wears a more casual cropped version of harem pants. The loose and light fabric makes her pants the optimal choice for a hot summer day. Her pants still feature the staple characteristics of a baggy waist and tapered legs but they cinch around her calf rather than her ankle. She wears her harem pants in a casual manner, pairing it with a basic white V-neck and gladiator sandals. To add a pop of color to her neutral outfit, she wears a summer scarf.
Harem pants come in a variety of styles from casual to dressy; they can be dressed up or down. For a similar style to this Fashionista, look for harem pants in a knit fabric, like these Jersey Harem Pants from ASOS. The characteristic style of harem pants can also be incorporated into one-piece outfits, like this jumpsuit from Cheap Monday. To wear harem pants in a more formal or professional setting, try these cobalt blue Pleat Front Harem Pants. Wearing a non-knit style of harem pants with a pair of heels and a blazer is a great way to look fashion forward at your job or internship.
For a cool, unique and expressive look this summer, hammer away the heat in harem pants!