Harem pants (aka genie pants) are back in a big way for 2009, and while they look ideal on long, lean figures, even those of us with a little extra padding can enjoy the billowing lines of these cuffed trousers. Making the look work depends on how you pair them, and of course, personality plays a large role in how you feel in them. These pants are ideal for transitional weather, as you can wear them with booties and a sweater in the cooler months, and strappy sandals and a tank as the weather warms up.
With delicate jewelry, leaner lines, and heels, you can wear these Diane von Furstenberg harem pants ($165) out to dinner and a movie with your beau. This look closely resembles a loose-fitting tapered pant.
Pure boho casual for the weekends, the wide cut of these linen pants ($69.50) complements drapey tops and sweaters, but also can juxtapose a form-fitting turtleneck or tee, for example.
Bebe offers this unique cropped pair ($89) in silver that is befitting for a night out for cocktails when worn with a sharp blazer and strappy heels.
Disclaimer: Please note that harem pants are not the same as parachute pants; the saggy, just-pooped-your-pants-look is not flattering on anyone. Period. Here’s an example of what not to wear.