.. then it's good enough for the rest of us.
Ok so initially this concept it slightly out there but bear with me... it works. Well I think it works and I've been wearing mine all day and am completely in love with them. They're going to be the backbone of my holiday wardrobe next week - they simply could not be more ideal.
Cropped harem pants.
I see you all raising those eyebrows at the back - yes ok fine. There is a hint of the pedal pusher about them. Which, ironically, is the one style of trousers I've always said doesn't seem to have come back into fashion.
Well look at me back pedalling now. At the Met Ball a couple of weeks ago - it was SJP's outfit that was my favourite. And lo and behold, what was she wearing? Yup, that'll be a pair of cropped harems.
At this juncture I should probably point out that I do not remotely intend to replicate any other aspect of the outfit. (Note to self.. step away from the cropped top... step away from the cropped top...let alone the tulle cuffs.) This is very much a Celebrity Outfit - the kind that were a mere mortal to copy, you (ie I) would look like a tit.
And yes - I can hear you at the back, sniggering and saying I shouldn't even be going there with the cropped harems. Well too late. I'm in. I've bought. I've worn.
I bet you all naysayers have amazing knees... For those of us who were *blessed* with flobby knee syndrome, these could well be your Summer lifesaver.
No more shorts that have your knees throwing up at the bottom of them. No more dodgy fake tan round the knees. No more sitting down and trying desperately to tug your skirt over your knees to maintain some dignity (and hide the offending bulbous b*ggers).
Ok so there doesn't appear to be a huge following of these at the moment. My usual lust list on Pinterest turned up..... errr not a lot.
But there were a couple that made me think - these work. They really are not going to be everyone's cup of tea.. but I like.
Yes yes yes, the crop top is a total no no. Seeing as my stomach last looked like that when I was 14.
More casual now - mine are jersey and so don't have a belt and so are absolutely nothing like this... but the gist is (vaguely) the same (clutching at straws perchance...*eyes idea going down the drain but stoically refuses to be defeated*).
Anyone fancy sequin ones? I could so so go these... I can hear them scream SJP at me from here. I'm sorry but these are rather fabulous...
So which ones did I order? Well - I'm not going to lie - I don't think I would have ordered them if I hadn't been able to try them on at the hush pop up day but try them on I did and I was converted. And when I was in there, I managed to persuade another lady that they were a great idea so I know there are at least two of wandering around in them.
Cropped Harem Pants in black from hush £35 AND 10% off with the code MIAMI01
And in the khaki (I may have gone double bubble here) £35 again
Now these aren't that prevalent (I can hear the husband shouting something along the lines of No Sh*t Sherlock behind me...and this therefore going to be a swifty blog) at the moment but I've found a couple of black pairs - although they're not that much cheaper than the hush ones and personally I know their harem pants are an excellent fit for me (ie not saggy on the bum...) and a really good quality of jersey that washes (and tumble dries.. though you're not supposed to do that...) very well indeed - so I opted for the above.
But if you weren't as fully a paid up member of the cropped harem club as I am, you may want to try a lower entry model...
Pineapple Black Harem Crop Pants from Debenhams were £22 now £17.50
And these from Bonprix in the black or the charcoal.
Stretch Harem Pants in black £19.99
And in the charcoal again £19.99
Here I am in mine. You can all laugh at once. I simply don't care! (and guess where I just got a delivery from that I ordered for hols next week...)
Gold vest - hush
White linen top - hush
Black leather jacket/Summer jacket - hush
Black cropped harem trousers - hush
Superstar sneakers - Golden Goose/Glove sandals - Balenciaga
Black Haworth bag - Village England
I am so aware that this isn't going to be everyone's thing. But to me, it epitomises the perfect outfit that works for my life. The ideal transitional pieces that will take you from day to night. That you can wear on holiday in Suffolk, or for meetings in London. Or out for dinner with the family which is where we went this evening. New Bill's restaurant opened locally. Highly recommended.
I should probably write this in tiny writing but... have I managed to convert anyone? At the very least, if you try them - you will find they are so comfortable, you will never want to take them off.