How To Wear Harem Pants  

Posted by F.R.I.S

As with any new fashion trend to come down the pipe, there are some people who just seem to pull it off immediately and there are others who need some time before they are able to get the look right.  Others, well let's face it, seem to be beyond all hope.  It's fairly easy to stay out of this last category, and unless you are completely inept, there is no reason to fear ever ending up in the "can't get right" category.  So the droopy pants with tight legs have come back around in the fashionista collective consciousness, and you might be wondering how to wear harem pants.  Harem pants are a bit complicated as fashion trends go, so here are some good tips to help you look absolutely stunning whenever wearing your hip "new" pants.

Keep It Proportional
Harem pants obviously draw the eyes to the lower body, and with harem pants this is a good thing, however proud you are to have your lower half on display.  The beauty of harem pants is in the way they tend to drape over the hips and thighs while hugging close to the knees and shins.  With a regular pair of jeans or pants, this idea would simply look like you are wearing baggy pants, but harem pants are deliberate in their wide look, lending accentuation to one's natural curves or a subtle camouflage if need be.

So with this in mind, always be sure to keep things in proportion whenever possible.  The idea of proportionality as it applies to harem pants is that the pants themselves no matter how they are cut are going to be on the baggy, wide side of the equation.  When you are wearing something loose fitting on one half of your body, the general idea is to wear something a little more form fitting on the other half.  This is to avoid looking as if you are simply wearing clothing that is much larger than the size that actually fits you.  For instance, if you are wearing harem pants and have an ample chest, avoid shoulder pads or clothes that add bulk to your upper body and instead wear a fitted blazer or form fitting blouse to maintain the natural flow of your body.

Get the Cut that Fits
Every body type is different, and not all fabrics are appropriate for every situation.  When looking at harem pants for the first time, your initial reaction might be to think that they only look right on the runway models or others with a thin frame.  You would definitely be incorrect in this assumption.  In order to wear harem pants in a way that looks good for your particular body type, pick pants that are cut to go with what looks best on you.  Additionally, be sure the fabric of your harem pants is appropriate for the situation.

For instance, if harem pants are your look for an evening out, select a more elegant fabric such as silk or another more delicate fabric.  These types of fabrics allow for a cut that will drape more gracefully than cotton for instance, which is a good material for when you're out on everyday activities.  Not every body shape is suitable for the more distinct low crotch that is heavily accentuated on some styles of harem pants.  A good idea is to stick with harem pants that sit well across the hips and the crotch area folds nicely rather than hangs like a bag between the legs.  You might also want to think about going with a high waist, which will narrow your waist and add to the billowy effect.


Accessorize Wisely
If you're going with big, billowy harem pants or even the slimmer knee-length type, a big floppy bag is best to round out the look.  This is assuming you are going with a top that hugs your figure.  If you are going loose on top, it's best to stick with an elegant clutch so that all the bagginess doesn't get you mistaken as an actual bag-lady.

The best shoes to wear with harem pants are most definitely heels.  There are most definitely exceptions to this rule, but for the most part try to stick with big strapy heels.  Most times if you go with flat heel shoes, you're going to loose the elegance that is the focus of most harem pants.  Also, strapy heels accentuate the exotic look of harem pants and slim the leg, adding to the overall elegant appeal.

As far as necks and wrists, remember that harem pants are meant to be sensuous and fluid, so choose earrings, necklaces and bracelets that follow this theme.  Big chunky necklaces or chandelier earrings draw attention away from the lower body and will offset the proportions set by sticking to a body hugging top or blouse.  Go with long, narrow earrings and bracelets and necklaces composed of thin, long pieces.

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