How to wear Harem/ Hareem? Trousers?

(55 Posts)
GingerLemonTea Mon 04-Feb-13 22:54:14

I have found some in Next that feel lovely, appear flattering and would get me out of my leggings that I've worn all through pregnancy and since baby was born!
They are not baggy at the crotch.
I do not know how to style them. I tried them on with heels and a vest top in the shop but it didn't look right. They are so comfy that I might just buy them to lounge about in anyway, but would love to know how to dress them up.
Any ideas, links, pics please?

Charliefox Mon 04-Feb-13 23:01:08

I love harem pants. Might be some inspiration here

GingerLemonTea Mon 04-Feb-13 23:28:07

Thank you! Helpful. Just want a subtle look like...

monkeysmama Tue 05-Feb-13 06:40:19

I love harems. Are they the £20 Next ones? They are great for lounging but I found there was too much gathering and not enough drape in the waist for them to sit flat and look as good as those in your link. Try H&M.

GingerLemonTea Tue 05-Feb-13 07:08:16
Sonotkylie Tue 05-Feb-13 09:39:11

In what passes for summer here, i wear mine with fitted t shirt and neat cardi on top. Normally flip flops but ballet flats work too. If you live in a warmer house than mine it might work now (maybe not flip flops though!) Key is I think not too much volume elsewhere and getting the length right - ie not too long but not short either. But that said I think lots of things could work - its trial and error. Mine aren't warm enough to wear save in summer so I don't know about boots ... The Hush models seem to wear them with Uggs but they are tall, thin and glam. I would look like a spanner in dodgy lounge gear in that combo. Maybe an unobtrusive heeled ankle boot? Pistol a likes?
I'm not much help really - unless you wait a few months ...!

winefairy Tue 05-Feb-13 12:45:17

Agree with Sonot wrt keeping everything else more fitted. I have these silk pair and think they work really well with a blazer.

Always think of them as being more suited to spring/summer so that I can wear them with beaded flip-flops. Love harems.

CointreauVersial Tue 05-Feb-13 13:11:46

Perfect thread, as I'm expecting to find the Next £18 harems on my doorstep when I get home!

I'm envisioning a fitted or layered teeshirt and flat sandals, but I shall be having a little try-on session later.

Sonotkylie Tue 05-Feb-13 14:18:34

Going to have to try those black ones tomorrow on shopping trip ... Had the black and white patterned ones (tapered jersey trousers apparently but looked harem - y to me) to try on and they made my knees looks fat ... Which they may be but I don't want to shout about it. Maybe the black proper harems will be more flattering, should they have them in my size ... Perhaps they'll be warm enough for me to wear now. Fantasy!

Ooh I've had my eye on those harem pants, as I need something to cheer me up, but couldn't figure how to style them nicely.

LynetteScavo Tue 05-Feb-13 19:00:40

What is the difference between harem and peg trousers? confused

Wathing thread because I have the trousers, but to scared to wear a fitted top in case it defines my mum-tum. (haven't tried it yet but don't want to cry in front of the mirror.

Snowkey Tue 05-Feb-13 19:04:18

I'm thinking these will be a great addition to my summer wardrobe....worn with a slim fitting top and some gladiator sandals

I wear mine with a "T" and converse/sandals

I'm on a next ban.... <look away from the site... Look away>

Sonotkylie Wed 06-Feb-13 09:02:06

Maybe try a black t shirt/ vest and a bright cardi over the top, Lynette to deal with mum tum ... Optical illusion creates a slimmer waist/ stomach area. Or at least that's what I tell myself. Doesn't have to be really fitted just not baggy. Or ruching. Ruching is my friend ... But haven't tried it with harem pants. Have also worn mine with a shirt over, not baggy but straight outline. Worth a go?

dairymoo Wed 06-Feb-13 12:34:00

Does anyone know how the Next ones run size-wise? Just bought (and returned) some from the Sweaty Betty sale similar to these as they were slightly too nappyish and the next version look like a good alternative.

CambridgeBlue Wed 06-Feb-13 12:49:39

I've just bought the Next ones as I had a cheapy pair last year to try them out and ended up wearing them a lot. I like them because they are a flattering and comfy shape but not too 'filled nappy'.

I haven't tried them in colder weather yet but as soon as it warms up I'll be wearing them with something like a slim fitting t-shirt or vest, a denim shirt or jersey blazer and either Converse, flip flops or flat sandals. I also love the look of the Hush models but am too small and wide curvy to attempt that smile

CointreauVersial Wed 06-Feb-13 12:57:47

Lynette - harem trousers tend to be more floppy/drapy than peg trousers, and also have more gathers around the waist/crotch. Some are a bit too MC-Hammer for me. <shows age>

Anyway, the next £18 harems arrrived! They fit well (seem true to size; anyway, the waist is elasticated).

Do I like them....? Well, they are drapy enough on the backside to show a knicker line, so I shall have to dig out my thongs. Flattering, certainly. I haven't had a good styling session yet, but I think they will be better as casual wear, worn as Cambridge Blue suggests. I'll try them with heels and a blazer, but I'm not convinced they'll work as smart trousers.....

dairymoo Wed 06-Feb-13 13:09:25

I want to wear them with a slim black stretchy top & apron for work (I'm in catering) - do you think they'd be ok for that? Not sure whether to go for 8 or 10 though as I do think these type of clothes look a bit better slouchy. I'm normally an 8... what do you reckon Cointreau?

CointreauVersial Wed 06-Feb-13 13:25:12

Well, I'm a 10.....they weren't as slouchy as some I've seen, but the elasticated waist means you could probably size up without any problem. They'd be comfy catering workwear, for sure.

dairymoo Wed 06-Feb-13 13:38:48

Great, thank you!

wickedfairy Wed 06-Feb-13 14:46:21

I love these OP - Has anyone bought the tall range ones? How are they for size?

I would like a pair but often find that I need to size down for tall stuff for some reason!

Or if you have the regular length ones, where do they finish on you and what is your height please? thanks

Roopoo Wed 06-Feb-13 15:22:52

Ive ordered a tall pair.
Will let you know once they arrivesmile

wickedfairy Wed 06-Feb-13 16:03:22

Thanks Roopoo! How tall are you? I am 5'8'' with 33'' leg, so they may be too long but better chance than the regular ones at 29''....

Am a 12 but sometimes find a 10 is fine on next tall.

GingerLemonTea Wed 06-Feb-13 16:07:20

Im 5"8. I tried on the regular ones in store and they seemed fine, but not sure how they are meant to hang. Website suggests I should be in tall. I have ordered both and will send one back.

Snowkey Wed 06-Feb-13 16:17:22

Is there anyway of ordering from Next without getting their catalogue?

Sooo tempted right now!!

However I have some black/white graphic hareems, grey pattern hareem and flower printed style....

Plain black feels so appealing though!!

GingerLemonTea Wed 06-Feb-13 16:34:12

Snowkey, I don't get their catalogue. I just order from the website.

CointreauVersial Wed 06-Feb-13 18:30:06

Heightwise I'm 5 foot 7, and they come just below ankle, so about right (that's the Regular length).

Anyway, I spent a chilly half-hour in my freezing bathroom trying on various shoe and top combos with my new trews. Conclusion:

Workwear - with a fitted shirt/cardi and heeled shoes - no, just looks wrong.
Partywear/going out - with heels and a blazer - I can see how it would suit some people, but it just wasnt "me".
Casual - with flipflops/flat sandals and a fitted vest or teeshirt - the best look for me. Funnily enough, I liked them more slightly rolled or hitched up to 7/8 length (they are tight around the ankle so will stay hitched). This is how I wear skinnies in the summer, with flat sandals or ballet flats, and I just think showing a bit of ankle looks better. Narrow trouser bottoms at full length just seem to accentuate the "chicken drumstick leg" look.

scarlet76 Wed 06-Feb-13 18:54:59

Ah, great thread as I took ownership of Next harems today. I am petite and a size 6-8. I ordered both sizes and can get both sizes on with ease. I will probably keep the 8 though as I want plenty of slouch.
I will be wearing with flat sandals, fitted vest tops and fitted cropped cardis. I will also try them with heels and fitted shirt for a work look.

GingerLemonTea Wed 06-Feb-13 19:06:15

How do you pronounce harem? Why do next have hareem on website?

So fitted Ts and cardis sounding best so far. Mine will arrive on Saturday.

katykoo Wed 06-Feb-13 19:12:17

I too have the Next harems, I am size 10 and 5ft 4, went for the petite ones as they didn't gather so much at the ankle. After a styling session I have decided to wear them for a mum's night out on Friday with black heels and black silk t shirt, and some chunky jewellery, may even roll them up a bit like Cointreau suggested. Having tried on about 10 different tops, I have come to the conclusion that fitted tops are better. I have a lovely muffin top but they are very flattering even with the t shirt tucked in.

katykoo Wed 06-Feb-13 19:15:21

Are harem and hareem the same thing ??? Pronounced hareem? No idea. Don't think I have ever said either word out loud.

Roopoo Wed 06-Feb-13 19:21:10

Wicked Fairy Im 5ft 8 with 33 inch leg as well so will let you know smile

wickedfairy Thu 07-Feb-13 10:14:23

Roopoo, thanks! X

CointreauVersial Thu 07-Feb-13 13:30:14

Yup, Katy, same thing.

They probably put the extra "e" in because no-one knew how to pronounce it!

Roopoo Sat 09-Feb-13 13:00:11

Im size 16/18 and 33/34 inch leg.
Ordered 16 long... I looked a tuttle.
Length fine but it did my curved (fat) no favours... Gutted hmm

Oh no Roopoo, I'm a bit taller but similar dress size. Such a shame! sad I'm waiting for mine to be delivered to store.

Roopoo Sat 09-Feb-13 13:52:53

It might just be my weeble shaped bodysad

I need something cheap to wear to the day part of a hen do next week....... Back to the drawing board...

Mrsrobertduvall Sun 10-Feb-13 16:43:21

I'm six feet tall and size 12 and have just ordered a second pair of the next Tall harems.
They are so comfy...and actually look quite good. I bought another pair as I know the tall range sell quickly.

poppy283 Sun 10-Feb-13 18:36:24

I think there are different spellings because it's a middle eastern word, ie different alphabet = no set spelling in our alphabet, if that makes sense!

I was cautious with harems at first, but once you get used to them you can wear lots of different ways. My favourite atm is boob tube, statement necklace, cropped jacket and clumpy wooden heels.

Snowkey Sun 10-Feb-13 18:43:56

I'm 5ft 8 and have just bought the standard length hareems from Next - they are long enough, comfy, am slightly concerned with a baggy arse thing going on but I will probably keep them for dodging around the house.

Mrsrobertduvall Sun 10-Feb-13 19:25:49

Yes I can't See me shopping in Waitrose in themgrin
perfect for evenings though . Dare I say the word..loungewear?

Snowkey Sun 10-Feb-13 19:35:29

I was deliberately avoid the loungewear label. I have been spotted in Waitrose covered in mud following an exercise session in the park - people seemed to shuffle away from me, like I was contagious - I care not!! The pursuit of good food will not be hampered by an inappropriate outfit!!

GingerLemonTea Wed 13-Feb-13 22:27:23

Got my hareems.
Am 5"8, 33 inside leg. Needed the tall ones.
Definitely keeping them for lounging about or exercise if nothing else.
However would rather keep them for being dressy. Tried them on quickly with vest top tucked in & slightly pulled out & blazer. Think it looked good, but still unsure on footwear.

wickedfairy Thu 14-Feb-13 07:47:23

Thanks for updating taller people!! Will order longer length

germyrabbit Thu 14-Feb-13 07:54:11

i have the next plain black hareems, wouldn't wear them out though they are just too 'loungewear' grin but must not underestimate the joy of loungewear!

Im 5' 3" and size 8-10, so Id go for petite but not sure which size? Would a 10 be a bit too baggy? I went into town to try some on but my store didnt flippin have any in!

katykoo Thu 14-Feb-13 13:46:57

I am same height as you Guy and size 10-12.I have the petite in size 10 and they are perfect so I would probably go for the 8 if I was you.

Fashionobsessive Tue 02-Apr-13 11:16:43

Hey guys, I absolutely love harem trousers. smile You should try earthashop if you're looking for baggy ones as they also have loads of different colours. Their adult range are one size, with adjustable drawstring, which usually puts me off but they fit me (size 8/10) and my sister who tried them on (size 12/14) so I guess they work. They also have ones for kids which is great!

dexter73 Tue 02-Apr-13 11:20:44

Those earthashop trousers have to be the most minging item of clothing I have seen in a long while shock!!

TheDevilsGherkins Tue 02-Apr-13 15:01:54

Am wearing with Ash wedge trainers. Probably wrong wrong wrong.

Theonlyoneiknow Tue 08-Apr-14 23:21:51

Sorry for resurrecting an old thread.

Am keen to find some nice light summer trousers that aren't linen and will hide my cankles.

Do you think as I am under 5'1" I could get say with these? Where would be the best place to get them?


BriarRainbowshimmer Wed 09-Apr-14 10:00:22

I think it's better to start a new thread, more people will see your post that way.

PoppysStyle Wed 09-Apr-14 13:22:57

Adore harem trousers - the Next ones are great though not as low slung on the crotch as I like. Mango do great ones too. Check out Eve on AWO blog - she wears them a lot too - Keep it simple with a tee and sandals - the TopShop camis are great with them in the summer too. Let the trousers do the talkingsmile

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