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by Rebecca Brindza

As warmer weather rolls in, it’s impossible not to crave a loose, easy-breezy, slouchy style. However, one trend that has yet to become a must-have in both past and upcoming runways is Israel’s Parachute-Pants.
London Fashion Week 2011 Street Style, Photo via Aller Retour

Souk-slacks, Harem-Pants or Bollywood-Britches, the nicknames for the low slung, loosely fit, draped crotch ensemble posing as the yoga pant of the Middle East are endless. But honestly ladies, something’s gotta give and it surely won’t be the inseam spanning from the waist down to the crotch.

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Wolfie, "Makers of fine harem pants."” width=”620″ height=”601″ class=”size-full wp-image-16818″ /> Shouk Pants via Wolfie, “Makers of fine harem pants.”

Yes, these bottoms have a relaxed, throw-it-on feel, yet the just-woke-up look can be established in ways that don’t involve sacrificing good style or your curves. As women it is our innate responsibility to embrace our natural shape through dress that plays up our curves and assets. It’s in our nature to accomplish flattery through Grecian draping, elongating prints, or my favorite super slimmer- black.

Parachute Pants take to the streets. Photos via The Sartorialist.

Parachute Pants take to the streets. Photos via The Sartorialist.

However, the real trick to effortless style stems from how an individual piece is cut to hang on the body. Parachute-Pants, excuse my French, do not have a ‘cut’- at all. They are nothing short of a curtain or ‘shmata’ for the family jewels, which no doubt should be covered from the common eye but not punished or banned from existence by ill-fitting drapes. There is no crime in craving a pant with some room to move, nonetheless there are alternate options to hiding the hips and upper thighs beneath bottoms reminiscent of an M.C. Hammer music video or Aladdin genie.

Alexander Wang Spring 2014 Ready-to-Wear Collection via Harpers Bazaar

Alexander Wang Spring 2014 Ready-to-Wear Collection via Harpers Bazaar

So next time you grab your go-to, casual Culottes, stick with a classic yoga pant or opt for a wide-leg, printed, pajama style trouser for the same level of comfort minus the personal safety-net.

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