Not so long ago, the fashion world was struck with the arrival of low-rise boot-cut jeans, then it transitioned into skinny denim, then high rise, then wide-leg. But this season, there’s something different altogether. What we’ve dubbed the new pant, spring’s sweetheart silhouette takes a page from the style book of MC Hammer with a decidedly chic and modern update.
There are dramatic iterations, like Free People’s Pocket Harem Pants, and some more subtle options, like Vince’s Suave Crop. The trend has even managed to tiptoe into the denim world with the arrival of a slouchy version of the skinny jeans we love.
Does this mean the harem pant is the only pant for spring ’09? Not in the least. The season is embracing all the silhouettes that have evolved over the last five years, just as InStyle.com’s Fashion Director Joe Berean predicted when I spoke to him after the spring runway shows. “[Spring] is a melting pot of pants styles,” he said, “and that’s going to be good for everyone.” Amen, Joe!
As for me? I’m working my way up to the harem look. I was a skinny jeans resistor in the beginning, and they’ve managed to wear me down, so I know it’s really only a matter of time.