I’d like to say that I’m not a slave to fashion. But how can you resist when the fashion world is a constantly evolving turntable of weird and wonderful trends? It would almost be a crime to not be in the know.
While many fashion trends are visually acceptable in today’s society, there are many others which were clearly not designed for public viewing. Instead, these trends make you screech, ‘EGADS!!’ in horror, raise your eyebrows and hurl knowing looks towards those who commit these heinous fashion crime, as if to say, ‘Uh-uh, honey. That look don’t work fo’ you.‘ *insert Mean Girl Stance*
Take Mary-Kate Olsen, for instance.
When she made boho the new black, women the world over immediately welcomed the look by following in her footsteps, even though it looked as if Mary-Kate drew inspiration from the innards of a garbage dumpster.
No, I don’t care that it looks like she strategically put those layers on. What I see is someone who couldn’t be effed about presentation that day.
Which brings me to my next point. Harem pants. You may have seen them around the stores, lately. Or back in the early ’90s when MC Hammer was swooshing those babies around through his ridiculous heel-toe dance (is it me or did his parachute pants get increasingly larger as the music video progressed…?)
They’re not the most attractive piece of fashion equipment to be sporting around, but I’ll be damned; designers have re-invented the harem pants for the twenty-first century. And it looks as if they might just actually work.
Normally, I am greatly opposed to surrendering my hard-earned money to fashion trends, when I know for a fact that I can get better wear with pieces that are timeless and versatile. Not to mention the fact that I’m well aware of my physical limitations when it comes to particular trends, as I can’t always pull them some off with the body I’ve been granted (e.g. high-waisted jeans – I had no idea you could inflate your butt to such gargantuan proportions).
But seeing as the harem pant was making a fabulous debut on the fashion circuit as of late, I just had to see what the fuss was all about. And of course, see if I could actually pull it off.
Much to my surprise, the look wasn’t at all bad. At first, I wasn’t quite sure how it was meant to look on me as it looked like I was just wearing baggy cropped pants but then I pulled the cuffs up to my calves, which gave me a better looking (albeit unusual) silhouette. Add a pair of heels and I was ready to go!
I decided to nab myself a pair ($25 bucks from Supre) in the event that I got tired of my jeans one day and wanted to swoosh my thighs around. Finally, to further justify my untimely (and rather irresponsible) purchase, the pants only cost me $25 and when the trend has been exhausted to its limits, at least I can still wear them happily around the house.
Of course, I kick ‘em (marginally) better than MC Hammer. No, he can’t touch this.
Have you bought or would you buy harem pants? What do the boys think of them? What’s you view on spending money on trends?