Spring Into Spring. Harem Scarem Pants

January 23, 2009 • Fashion

It's Hammer Time! Scary as it may seem, silky harem or slouchy pants and sexy silk jumpsuits are back for Spring '09. Now for those of us who owned a pair of harem pants in the mid-80's (ahem) and wore them to death (ahem), this is a frightening proposition. Mind you, I rather like the silky slouchy pants that came down the Ralph Lauren spring runway. They looked effortlessly chic and quite comfy. But fashion isn't about comfort…or is it?

Harem Runway Layout

Harem Pants on the Spring Runway:

1. Chloe RTW Spring '09
2. Emporio Armani RTW Srping '09
3. Paul Costelloe RTW Spring '09
4. Ralph Lauren RTW Spring '09
5. Salvatore Ferragamo RTW Spring '09
6. Alexander Wang RTW Spring '09
7. Sportmax RTW Spring '09
8. Temperley RTW Spring '09
9. Vivienne Westwood Red Label RTW Spring '09
10. Arman Basi RTW Spring '09

How to wear them:

Harem pants are as trendy as trendy can be so if you are not a slave to
trends, you may want to skip this one. Or if you dabble, don't spend a
lot of money. Every fast retailer is bound to knock these off for a
song. You are not going to find too many on sale (although we managed to find a few below) so you might want to wait a while to see how this trend plays out before you buy.

If you chose to harem-scarem, make sure your top is very fitted, like a tank or a cropped, slim jacket. You need to balance out the slouchiness of the bottom half. Remember, it's all about proportions. If you elect to go with a jumper, make sure it either draws in at the waist or add a belt. You need to create the illusion of a waist with this look or you will look like a potato sack.

Let's Shop!

Harem Pants Layout 

1. Helmut Lang oversized tapered pants, $335

2. Elizabeth and James harem pant, $225

3. 3.1 Phillip Lim accordion neckline jumpsuit, $450

4. Sonia Rykiel cotton silk harem pants, $985

5. Nina Ricci satin cropped pants, $1575

6. 3.1 Phillip Lim drawstring lounge pants, $375

7. Splendid jersey harem pants, $120

8. Zimmerman honey rider jumpsuit, $437

9. Vanessa Bruno Athe cropped track pants, $121.10

10. Ali Ro oversized bandeau jumper, $365

11. Robert Rodriguez slouch pants, $275

12. Proenza Schouler pleated silk harem pants, $575

Other trends to snap up now while they are on sale are:

Mini skirts

Anything sheer

Sparkle & shine

Sharp shouldered jackets



– Lauren Dimet Waters

Runway: NY Mag
Layout: Allison Merzel

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