Harem Pants Are Happening ... Now Here's How to Style Them
Posted Monday March 4, 2013 2:14 PM GMT
The harem pant — it's back. No, we're not talking about the ones seen on Justin Bieber or the 80s parachute variety, we're referring to a newly-refined version that's ready to dominate spring trend lists for 2013.
Despite their killer comeback, we have to warn: There are rules when it comes to being this bold on the bottom. That is, if you want to look more fashion forward than a fashion flop.
Between their high waist, slouchy silhouette, and cropped cut, there's a lot going on with these billowy trousers. But, before you write them off for any presumed dressing difficulty, listen up. We have all you need to know when it comes to wearing this particular piece of apparel.
Pick the Right Material: Silk and cotton jersey blends tend to offer the most universally-flattering fit of any harem option. These fabrics will allow the pant to drape more (in the right spots), leaving you with a fabulous — not frumpy — look.
Wear Heels: Channel your inner catwalk queen with a pair of strappy slingbacks. The added height will give your legs just the boost they need to balance out the extra material. Hello, supermodel.
Add a Belt: Define the smallest part of your frame: your waist. Helping to amplify your hourglass figure, adding this accessory with give you the va-va-voom factor your curves crave.
Let Your Pants be the Star: Less is more, especially when it comes to adorning this pant. Don't go overboard when it comes to jewelry. Pick one statement piece, and stick with it.
Need a bit more direction? Here are our suggestions for styling the pant dependent on the occasion:
For Daytime: Pair fitted t-shirt or tank top with a cropped blazer or cardigan. Keep the rest of your lines crisp, clean and simple.
For night: Ditch the outerwear and let a form-fitting top shine. Add ankle strap pumps, an envelope clutch and metal belt and you're ready for an evening on the town.
By Nicole James