The Harem Hall of Shame: where harem pants go when they get arrested by The Fashion Police

Harem-pants

 It's well established that harem pants are Public Enemy # 2 as far as The Fashion Police are concerned (Public Enemy # 1 : Crocs) so, as you can imagine, this is a particularly busy time for us as we struggle to arrest all of the harem crimes we find around the web.

Rather than bring you news of each new drop crotch crime as it happens, however, we thought we'd just round 'em all up and dump them in the same place. That place we call The Harem Hall of Shame, and here are just a few of its inmates. These aren't necessarily the WORST harem pants we've ever seen, they're just the latest – remember, harem pant crimes are on the rise, and if you see one it's your duty to report it to The Fashion Police!

Above: ASOS crinkle jersey harem pants

Jersey-harem-pants

Vanessa Bruno jersey harem pants. Compared to the pants at the top of the page, these aren't too bad, until you realise Net-a-Porter are describing them as "track pants". You know, like you'd wear to the gym? We'd hate to see someone try to use the stationery bike in these…

Wet-look-harem-pants

Vero Moda wet look harem pants. There is never a good reason to be wearing wet look harem pants. Never.

Harem-pants-for-men

Harem pants for men. Again: no need!

Harem-jeans

Harem jeans. They make The Fashion Police cry.

Harem-jump-suit

Harem jumpsuit. The queen of the harem.

And the most worrying thing of all? There's plenty more where that little lot came from…

19 Comments

  • January 29, 2009

    Evelyn

    Do people wear these? Seriously?

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  • January 29, 2009

    Aanjo

    It looks as though someone sewed up the neck bit of their top in a pinch, and slipped in on their legs.
    “Oh no I have spaghetti all over my pants, good thing I have a sewing kit and my grandma’s voluminous sweater!”

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  • January 29, 2009

    mollie

    The third photo and the very last photo are bearable. The rest, shouldn’t exist!

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  • January 29, 2009

    gokarm

    The only one that doesn’t piss me off is the jumpsuit…it reminds me of Yves Saint Laurent’s spring collection if memory serves…I didn’t LOVE it, but it was kind of like skirts sown together at the bottom with little leg holes. I mean to say, they looked like SKIRTS, not droopy drawers. The jumpsuit is more along that line.

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  • January 29, 2009

    Rock Hyrax

    Were the men’s ones (with lovely matching footwear) a recent arrest? If so, they’ve already been withdrawn in shame…

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  • January 29, 2009

    chocoholic

    I agree with the sweater on your legs comment. Thats exactly what I thought they looked like.

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  • January 29, 2009

    SammiJ

    …I confess, the past week my tablemate and I have made 20+ pairs out of raw silk. However, and it’s a huge however, they’re for a production of Lion King in Vegas; does this count as acceptable? forgiveable? (10 elephants, and an assortment of cheetahs, gazelles, giraffes, and other random Pride Land puppeteers)

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  • January 29, 2009

    Anna

    UGH! Seeing these bothers the crap out of me. Like it makes my OCD self want to go up to the wearer and yank the pants up past their chest. That baggy, diaper-y crotch is just… WRONG.

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  • January 30, 2009

    Sophia

    i knew someone who wore this to a ballet class… it didn’t look that bad while she was dancing but in my opinion there is NO other excuse to wear harem pants.

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  • January 30, 2009

    Sophie

    They just look like diaper pants, you couldn’t pay me enough to wear those in public.

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  • January 31, 2009

    xony

    i would wear the first one… asleep, in my bed, at night when no one else can see me, and then take them off really quickly when i wake up!

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  • February 4, 2009

    Mom

    Wooo-hoooo!!!
    I guess they’re a wonderful thing if you suffer from a sensitive bladder or diarrhea. Wear nappies and warm underpants without any fear of a visible panty line.
    Also on partys they’re wonderful, as a week supply of chicken wings, prawn cocktail, cinnamon buns and a whole wedding cake can be hidden and brought home safely in these pants.. No need to cook, just make sure you’re invited on a regular base. Just take care you haven’t eaten beans or onions to prevent the good stuff from getting strange flavours.
    And if your thighs are not anorectic enough, noone will notice, as everyone will blame the ass widening effect on the pants.
    Your legs are as short as mine?
    NO problem. Pull them uuuup to your shoulders, and they’ll fit perfectly. Great for pregnancy, too.
    Awesum !1111!!!!!oneeleven!!112
    The only issue might be their total fugliness…

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  • February 4, 2009

    j

    The first one is SO BAD. I bet she’s tall..but in this, she looks like she is no taller than 4’10

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  • July 21, 2011

    Jerry Hughes

    The pants above are hideous, except perhaps for the white jumpsuit. But harem pants can look superb, if they fold neatly at the crotch, have good detailing, and are made from fabric that allows strong definition of folds, pleats, and silhouette. Your photos show that too many high-street designers eschew these in favour of formless sweatpant material and lazy cutting.

    For examples of pants that can only enhance the figure, see these photos: the second photo at http://mecsensarouel.canalblog.com/tag/photos%20perso (the others are rather shapeless, but the ones I’m pointing at are simple and elegant), and the photos at http://www.j-paine.org/dobbs/qandrissi1.html and http://labobine.over-blog.com/article-13351231.html and http://www.mrtipoi.com/catalog/product/view/id/119/s/sarouel-homme-sh011/category/3/ .

    The first pair probably work best on a slim figure. Maybe the final pair do too, best for someone tall, but they are really dramatic. The second and third, namely the green Moroccan ones, and the navy ones from La Bobine, ought to work on anyone. Notice their pleats.

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  • September 5, 2011

    Natalie

    I cannot believe people actually wear these things! From the front they look somewhat ok, but then you look at the back and they make you look like you have a saggy grandma butt. People who wear these and think they look fashionable are sadly mistaken.

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  • February 2, 2012

    Coco

    Honestly I think these are amazing. I lived in Asia last year and bought so many pairs since so many monks and travelers wear them and they are just quirky and fun! Finally Americans are combing some other cultures into their own styles. If you haven’t noticed trends SUCK. I walk down the street in New York City (where I live) and everyone is dressed in variations of the same thing… looking like stupid clones! The top picture is my favorite and I think the girl really rocks them. Anything that somewhere can wear with confidence is good looking, and no one should ever be afraid to wear something because of the thought of someone judging them.

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    • June 18, 2012

      Micael

      OMG, you can’t even imagine how I agree with you! While I was reading the article, I was telling me the same thing. People… WEAR WHAT YOU WANT. Be yourself and the most important thing: BE COMFORTABLE IN WHAT YOU WHERE and then, you will look at your best.

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  • April 13, 2012

    tim

    harem pants are exceptionally comfortable, i wear them for martial arts as they can offer great freedom. for someone who runs a sight called the fashion police youre not very up to date with international fashion trends.

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