Saturday, February 21, 2009

Fashion History: Harem Pants; Then & Now

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Did ya know.. Harem Pants were first popularized in the early 20th century during the Orientalism Movement? Paul Poiret was very inspired by the Orient and Ballet Russes; from the jewel encrusted lampshade tunics to tapered harem pants. He encouraged women to free themselves from uptight corsets and indulge in some exotic apparel.

Now, harem pants are making a huge comeback, they were all over the runways in Spring/Summer 2009 fashion shows and have made their way into stores and many fashionistas' Spring wardrobes. It's absolutely crazy how fashion recycles itself!

The look is best worn with open toed high heels sandals & a fitted top. To add to the oriental look try a pair of dangling chandelier earrings in a deep violet or emerald. I personally think the pants in black are the most versatile and least Jasmine looking, but they come in all colors. I like the idea of wearing it as a more fashion forward, dressier evening look.

xoxo, lauren

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12 comments :

Secretista said...

Congrats and I don't think I'd look good in Harem pants. My bootay's too big!

Cafe Fashionista said...

I don't think I'd be able to pull them off - but they look fabulous on the runway!

clint said...

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copperoranges said...

i cannot pull off the harem pant. i am 5'2'' .. i think i'd look like a clown!

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Brooklyn Bred said...

It reminds me of something off Aladdin.

Lmao, *dashes*

fdiary said...

I was hoping this wouldn't come back for a while. Guess I was wrong. I've seen some women pull it off pretty effective. I suppose its all in the styling. I think it looks best of women who are really thin.

strikeapose said...

Great post, i just bought some--there so cute!

Eric said...

I am not a big fan of the harem pants. There are so many other nice women's pants to choose from that look better, I would stay away from these.

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