How to wear harem pants for Summer

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If you look in my holiday suitcase or even in my wardrobe, you’ll see a massive stack of jersey harem pants in just about every colour or pattern you can imagine. Maybe it’s an addiction or maybe they are just so damned comfy.

I like to wear mine loose, with a vest top and sandals to be comfortable in the heat but the patterned trouser also makes you look a little more polished and put together than shorts or leggings. Yes you can get some massive baggy ridiculous ones but most high street stores now are stocking a more streamlined structured style of harems.

You can guarantee when I next go on holiday in September, I’ll be wearing them a lot, like I did in America back in May.

When it comes to harem pants, associations with Princess Jasmine and genies probably spring to mind but as much as you might love Disney it’s time to put those aside and start rocking the trend. Not only are harem trousers super comfy, they’re stylish too and available in a multitude of designs and colour variations. So, how should you rock a pair? Here are just a few ways to try out the trend for yourself…

Cropped tee and heels

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Perfect for warm nights spent in the hotel bar on that Spanish holiday, harem trousers are lightweight and comfortable enough to wear even when the humidity is high. For this look take a casual cropped t-shirt and pair this with a bold print harem trouser and finish off with some chunky heels. Opt for basic colours when it comes to the tee choosing from either white, black or grey.

Cami and comfy trainers

Running errands at the weekend or need something super comfortable to wear on the plane this summer? Then a pair of bold harem trousers (we love the gathered material styles from Blue Vanilla) will look great with a lightweight cami and your comfiest pair of trainers, whether these are low rise Converse or some adidas tennis shoes. Look for a pair of harem trousers with deep pockets, perfect when it comes to keeping your phone, purse and passport close at hand.

Blazer and blouse combo

harems and blazers

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Harem trousers are great for work too, you just need to be smart when it comes to styling them and dressing them up for the job. A pair of khaki or black harem trousers look incredible with a smart white button down shirt and a structured blazer thrown on over the top – pointed heels finish off the look perfectly. If you really want to nail that ‘workwear chic’, pull your hair into a sleek high ponytail and be brave with a new lip colour, such as a dark plum or a bold orange.

Striped tee and printed trousers

Clashing prints is a bold move but one you definitely need to try out. Pick up a black and white striped Breton style tee, then pair this with a pretty floral print harem trouser and finish off with a comfy pair of sliders – adidas or Nike are the most popular brands chosen for such footwear. A casual denim jacket thrown on over the top is a great way of finishing off the look.

Harem pants are great for every occasion, a black pair will work for those more formal scenarios while a bold printed pair are perfect for brunching at the weekend or warm evenings spent drinking cocktails on the balcony on holiday. Pick up a couple of pairs and get mixing and matching with what you already have in the wardrobe to create fun, comfy ensembles.


  1. 15th July 2016 / 7:25 am

    Some fab ideas, I am as yet to own a pair as I am not sure I could get away with them, however they are as close as I can get to PJ’s without sporting them so very tempted 😀 x

    • Katie
      15th July 2016 / 7:35 am

      There’s some really gorgeous tailored harem pants for a more refined look, no baggy hips or crotch. For holidays, I prefer the jersey fabric as I find they keep me cooler but they are so damned comfy you’ll kick yourself for not getting a pair sooner! Trust me!

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