Harem Pants

Harem Pants Pattern

Ask a non-bellydancer to describe belly dance costume and chances are, harem pants would be mentioned somewhere - but funnily enough, these days they're less frequently worn than other alternatives.

Maybe it's because harem pants aren't flattering to any figure - who wants to make their thighs or butt look bigger than they really are?  However, they are a must for modesty under the high-flying skirts used in some ATS or Fusion costumes!

They're fairly easy to make yourself (see pattern right).

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When Not to Wear Harem Pants

Harem pants are popular with belly dance students, because many people think they're more forgiving than a figure-hugging lycra bellydance skirt.   Please, think again!

Most harem pants balloon out at thigh level. True, that means they don't cling to your cellulite - but if the fabric is opaque, it looks as though it's your own thighs that are ballooning, and if they're transparent, your lumps are clearly on display.

Also because they make your bottom half look wider, harem pants will make you look shorter. If you're already short, baggy pants will make you look as though you're standing in a hole!

Slimmer harem pants can look great under a long or short chiffon skirt . It's a good option if you're worried about the transparency of chiffon - the skirt flattens the upper part of the pants so you don't get that bulky look around the thighs, while the pants protect your modesty.

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Photo by Chris P.

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