Harem pant fashion crimes on the rise. Or are they?

Harem_pant Despite the persistence with which retailers keep making harem pants available for sale, as if there was absolutely nothing wrong with walking around with your crotch hovering somewhere above your knees, we have to admit that we’ve yet to see anyone actually wearing the offending garments in real life.

We’re wondering now if this is just some kind of crazy plot by the aforementioned retailers to make us think that harem pants are being snapped up in their thousands, while actually they’re all sitting unsold in some warehouse somewhere. It’s certainly something to think about, anyway.

These harem pants by Urban Outfitters are far from the worst we’ve ever seen, but when UO say, "You’ll probably either love ’em or hate em, but if you just try them on you’ll see why we love these comfy yet versatile trousers," we can’t help but want to know what it is that will suddenly become clear to us when we slip into a pair of pants with a thigh-skimming crotch. Please tell us it’s not going to be the "But they’re SO COMFY!" argument all over again. Please?

15 Comments

  • March 20, 2008

    Ella

    I’ve seen one person wearing them in real life, but that hardly counts as a trend…

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  • March 21, 2008

    Megan

    If i was to wear those pants, I’d probably go around singing songs from Aladdin all day…

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  • March 21, 2008

    kate

    I like them because normally I wear skirts because my inner thighs touch and I don’t like that look at all. So with these I would be able to hide it and I guess throw on resort sandals and a flowy shirt to complete the outfit.

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  • March 22, 2008

    amaris

    seen them in Czech Republic…actually seen them reach the ankles and with elastic bands around the ankles..my friend even commented it looks like a tied down tent and not in a good way

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  • March 24, 2008

    Darren

    These are definitely not okay…

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  • March 24, 2008

    Pia M

    I actually own a couple of these (Zara brand) and I wear them because they’re comfy and–believe it or not–they do look great 🙂

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  • March 24, 2008

    Cristina

    I’ve seen a few people here in Madrid wear them (especially gym/personal trainers for some reason)and they absolutely DO NOT look great. Don’t fool yourself!

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  • March 24, 2008

    Cristina

    I’ve seen a few people here in Madrid wear them (especially gym/personal trainers for some reason)and they absolutely DO NOT look great. Don’t fool yourself!

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  • March 24, 2008

    Diana

    I saw them for the first time in Buenos Aires, AR. and there were LOTS of women wearing that and I was like WHAT THE HELL IS THAT???!!! they are horrible and yes, Aladdin look…

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  • March 24, 2008

    shauna

    they call them harem pants, but don’t they mean hammer pants? at least that’s what i called them when i rocked them in rainbow colors as a kid in the early 90s.

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  • March 24, 2008

    Danielle

    Why are they still here!? They look terrible.

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  • March 26, 2008

    Tanya

    My friend has a clothing store and she sold a bunch of those… And she wears them as well. It helps that she is very slim and otherwise always stylish so I forgive her.

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  • July 10, 2008

    Liz

    These are EVERYWHERE in Barcelona. Me and my friend named them skousers, being an insane cross between a skirt and trousers. They must be stopped at all costs!!

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  • July 10, 2008

    Liz

    These are EVERYWHERE in Barcelona. Me and my friend named them skousers, being an insane cross between a skirt and trousers. They must be stopped at all costs!!

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  • September 16, 2008

    Cassie

    You should have seen my face when I looked at that picture.

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