Can I wear it? Yes I Can! How to Wear Harem Pants

Monday, July 27, 2009

Well, if you’d told me a week ago I’d be wearing harem pants I’d have laughed at you and then given you a long list of reasons why that would never happen, and yet, as you can plainly see, it has.

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I have pretty short legs in comparison to my body and I consider myself “hippy”, not the bare foot flowers in their hair type, more the classic English pear shape type of hippy. I have therefore always considered that no matter how on trend they may be swathing that area of my body in acres of puffy and unnecessary fabric that tapers dramatically towards the ankles is probably going to make me look short, stubby, and, frankly, a lot like I’m wearing a nappy.

Well, this weekend I picked up a pair on my stock hunting travels. A black vintage pair in a lightweight fabric, with a high waist and side button fastening.

I tried them on, expecting a hilarious comedy moment and then to release them to the world of long leggy people with no hips who are designed to wear this kind of fashion trend and make the rest of us feel like unfashionable plebs who should stick with our dark denim boot cut jeans and be happy about it.

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Surprisingly I found them quite flattering and actually ended up wearing them out to a barbecue that night with my new favourite SPUN organic cotton 3/4 sleeve top tucked in, belted up at the waist and with a  monochrome Murano glass necklace from Madamis Treasures. Evidence, here that I actually left the house (after annoying Mr Chick by asking if my bum looked big) and a closer look at my new necklace.

I think with this style the slimming powers of black and a pair of heels combined with the leg lengthening effect of a high waist band counteracted most of my fears and whilst they might not be quite as flattering as those dark denim boot cuts they’re certainly a lot more interesting.

So the lesson here, I think, is never to discount anything from your wardrobe until you’ve tried it. You can wear anything if you think about a few simple figure balancing tricks! Step out of your comfort zone and you might be surprised how good it makes you feel.

26 Responses
  • the capitol fashionista
    July 27, 2009

    yes, you can wear harem pants! they look fab.
    .-= the capitol fashionista´s last blog ..Buy of the Day: Victor Costa on Ebay =-.

    • Retro Chick
      July 27, 2009

      Capitol Fashionista – Thank you, I really thought they would look really terrible!

      Ashe – Actually I tried with a nautical striped top this morning, but I think I looked a bit like a mime! I need to work on accessories.

  • Ashe Mischief
    July 27, 2009

    You definitely look great in them! They’d be cute for a strange nautical twist with a striped blouse…
    .-= Ashe Mischief´s last blog ..B & LU Review: The Keely Shirt =-.

  • eyeliah
    July 27, 2009

    Well done,t hey look good on you. I still refuse to try them, closed minded or what!
    .-= eyeliah´s last blog ..I Have a Proposal for You =-.

    • Retro Chick
      July 28, 2009

      Eyeliah, you should try a pair! There’s so many things I’ve just assumed would look terrible, I feel I have learnt an important life lesson 😉

  • jennine
    July 28, 2009

    you look stunning! for a second there i thought you were going to say jumpsuit, but harem pants, just as well!
    .-= jennine´s last blog ..A Visit to G-Star Raw HQ =-.

    • Retro Chick
      July 28, 2009

      Yes! I did realise it looks a bit like I’m wearing a jumpsuit, which I’m not averse too!

      My long body and short legs mean I struggle to get jumpsuits to even fit me, let alone flatter…

  • Sharon
    July 30, 2009

    Wow! They look fab on you! I actually saw a girl wearing them on a bus one day. She was wearing all black too and she was quite short. Maybe that is the key to pulling them off?

    • Retro Chick
      July 30, 2009

      Sharon – I do think one colour is the way to go, black is always a safe option to try things out too I think.

  • dreamsequins
    July 30, 2009

    Oh- you look FABULOUS! I had the same belief about harem pants– but I’ve since overcome my fear, and now am the proud owner of four pairs… Yikes!
    .-= dreamsequins´s last blog ..Two Things to Read, Retweet and Eat =-.

    • Retro Chick
      July 30, 2009

      DreamSequins – FOUR pairs! Wow! I’m impressed!

      INOFSHON – Sorry you don’t like it, I thought I looked rather snazzy myself, still, thanks for taking the time to comment. I wish you had a blog where I could repay the compliment…..

  • Leia
    July 30, 2009

    You look amazing! Your legs look soo long and you don’t look hippy at ALL. Love it!

    • Retro Chick
      July 30, 2009

      Leia – Thanks! (4 inch heels are the answer to lengthening short legs!)

  • INOFSHON
    July 30, 2009

    Can you wear it? No, you can’t.

  • Glendy
    July 30, 2009

    Ok first, I think people who say you don’t look chic and awesome are haters, please I wanna see you wear Harem pants and do a post!

    Second, darling you look fantastic and keep it up, if you feel like wearing black on black, granny sweaters with harem pants who cares, it’s all about attitude geez you don’t need to please anyone but yourself 🙂

    Much love,
    Glendy
    .-= Glendy´s last blog ..Trend Flash: A Horse With No Name…. =-.

    • Retro Chick
      July 30, 2009

      Glendy – Thank you for your lovely comments! My thoughts exactly.

      We all spend too much time thinking we can’t wear things because we’re fat/thin/old/young it’s time to just wear what you want!

  • Sharon
    July 30, 2009

    Very nice comeback – polite but still cheeky! I think you really have made it!! 🙂

  • Jo Bryan
    July 30, 2009

    You look gorgeous and encouraged me to dig mine out they are retro from 1990 and I too am short.

    • Retro Chick
      July 31, 2009

      Jo – Oooh, retro harem pants! Wear them with pride 🙂

      M – Thank you!

  • M
    July 31, 2009

    very flatering!
    .-= M´s last blog ..Sample styling from k-drama Billiant Legacy =-.

  • liz s
    October 19, 2009

    i have to say i think the necklace is amazing !!!! you should check out the website we have some really wicked new stuff on there now !!!
    http://www.madamis.treasures.co.uk
    p.s you looked great in the hareem pants but hey ive never seen you in anything that you didnt look good in and love that you push the boundaries and it always looks great. you are a superb role model