I cosiddetti "harem pants" sono pantaloni lunghi caratterizzati da un taglio particolare, più stretto intorno alle caviglie e al polpaccio, morbido e voluminoso nella parte superiore e dal cavallo estremamente basso, con un effetto finale a metà strada tra una gonna e dei normali pantaloni.
Come si intuisce dal nome, questi pantaloni sono originari dell'Asia Sud-Occidentale: conosciuti con il nome di "salvars" , costituiscono da secoli uno degli indumenti tradizionali più diffusi e utilizzati sia dagli uomini che dalle donne.
Introdotti nella cultura occidentale intorno al 1850, questi pantaloni venivano indossati dalle donne più progressiste dell'epoca sotto gli abiti durante lo svolgimento delle attività più fisiche e sportive (cd. "bloomers")
The so-called "harem pants" are characterized by a particular cut, which is more tightly around the ankles and calfs and soft and cuffy at the top. The final effect is similar to a skirt. As the name implies, these pants are from South-West Asia: known as the "salvars", they have been for centuries one of the most popular traditional clothes and they were used by both men and women. Introduced into Western culture in the middle of XIXth Century, these pants were worn by most progressive women under clothes during sports and physical activities and they were known as "the bloomers". The harem pants have been relegated to women's sportswear until the late 80's, when they were brought into the mainstream by the American rapper MC Hammer, who made them a symbol of the decade. In autumn 2009, harem pants have come back. With brand new shapes, fabrics and colors, matched with high heeled shoes, and combined with the geometric Balmain blazers, the harem pants were turned into a chic and elegant, sexy and feminine must have . Harem pants divided fashionistas and fashion editors: some of them are huge fans of this kind of trousers, others are horrified by them. In my opinion these pants are a good compromise between confort and elegance and the last version, made up of patterned and extra light fabrics, can defenetely make an outfit, as you can see in the pictures of this post. To see other versions and interpretations of harem pants, click here, here or here.