Something just came to me...Jamilla doesn't call herself "Petite Jamilla" for no good reason, right? She's a "shortie," too? ray:
WHY didn't I think of that before? So shorties can wear harem pants! :doh: :wall:
I'm dying for a pair of her pants, too.
For those who like historical notes... historically, harem pants were undergarments, worn underneath the long, full coats (which are often called "Ghawazee coats") and vests. This was an Ottoman style of clothing. The idea of wearing them on their own, without a coat or skirt over them, appears to have arisen in either Europe or North America. This notion was picked up by the mass media of the day, so that by 1920 it became the look that prevailed in animated cartoons, silent movies, newspaper cartoons, etc.
Back in the 1980's, harem pants were a rather common belly dance costume choice in the U.S. We used to wear them under skirts in environments where a slightly more covered look was needed. For example, if dancing outdoors, to ensure we'd still be socially acceptable if a gust of wind should come along and blow our skirts aside. Or, if dancing in a performance for children. Or, if planning to do floor work in a performance. Or, if dancing on a raised stage when the audience would be looking up at us from below and be able to see under the skirt. This all made sense back when we were wearing circle skirts made with 3 panels, leaving the front panel unattached to the others, which resulted in slits all the way up to the belt line on either side of center front. Fashions have changed, and this type of circle skirt is no longer the prevailing look. The FatChance style of costume still includes full harem pants under full skirts.
We'd wear harem pants as an outer garment, without a skirt, as well. They were especially good for stuff like performances with floor work, or balancing swords / trays. They were good for troupe costumes for students, because they were easy to make, didn't require much fabric, and therefore were affordable.
Harem pants have kind of gone out of style in the U.S. The tribal fusion dancers prefer flared pants such as Melodias. The Egyptian-style dancers have migrated to straight skirts made of lycra fabric, because that's what's popular in Egypt now, and harem pants wouldn't work well under those. Still, I think they're fine for troupes and American-style dance performances.
Shira, back in "Ottoman" times, weren't harem pants worn more by men than women? Or were they worn equally by both?