Wednesday, May 20, 2009

The Rage in Buenos Aires

Harem pants are big in the crotch and big in Argentina. All the cool girls were wearing them when I was there a couple weeks ago, and I couldn't wait to join in the fun, since I had brought my own pair from home. The BA girls do them with high top sneakers and cropped shirts, and they do them in bright, bold prints.

It's always exciting when visiting foreign countries to calculate the trends that have succeeded and failed elsewhere. While harem pants haven't quite caught on in the States, despite being sold many places, they certainly are living large in the southern hemisphere.

I ended up purchasing another pair during my stay, so inspired was I after watching a discreetly awesome girl dance the Argentine tango in a pair of harems. It made sense for the dance, giving her full range of motion, and the swooping of the fabric perfectly echoed the quick switching of her hips. I will readily admit that harem pants are not exactly flattering for the form, and definitely take confidence to pull off. My conclusion: while this trend is still fresh, meanwhile in full force down south, wear them relaxed with an extra large personality.

The pictures above are Betsey Johnson runway followed by cheap and cute styles from urban outfitters, and my own, organic cotton from H&M.

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