The Divisive Harem Pants

By: Manero

A piece of garment has been causing ripples for a few years in the world of male fashion, and it’s time to address it.

Yes, we’re talking about the harem pants (aka “Hammer pants”), those funny-looking sweatpants, tight on the ankles like a skinny jean, and baggy under the crotch (which is why some people call them “diaper pants”).

What is it about them that makes them so cool yet so divisive? Why do so many men think of them as a no-no garment? Why do Americans seem to be so against them when they’re so popular in Europe and Asia?

Please, don’t tell us you wouldn’t touch something because Justin Bieber wore them a couple of years ago. He’s come and gone (we hope), yet these pants keep popping up in different stores. Plus, if any of your life choices is determined by a five-foot-seven no-good pop singer, you might as well stop reading right here.

Harem pants are, indeed, risky. With the wrong outfit, they can make you look as if you’re trying too hard to be cool. But we’ve also seen them work for men in many different situations, whether it’s in more formal combinations (they don’t need to be of the sweatpants variety), in relaxed urban styles or even on the soccer field—where they make a player look like a futuristic gaucho of sorts.

So, the big question: yes or no?

We have two rules of style here at Manero:

1) If it works for you, go for it.

2) You don’t need any other rule. (Who are we? Your parents?)

If you’re brave enough for the harem pants but don’t know where to find them, you can start at Zara or American Apparel. And yes, if you click on that link, you’ll see it leads to the women’s section of said store.

Fashion is not for the faint of heart, gentlemen.