Ask someone what the most popular, comfortable and generally best ever summer fashion trend is, most people will undoubtedly say harem pants! Harem pants or harem trousers are baggy, long pants cuffed in at the ankle.

Harem pants are believed to come from the traditional persian tunic called Dhoti, worn as a gents outfit in the Far and Middle East, eventually evolving into a true trouser-like garment. The dhoti also known as pancha, mardani or veshti is a traditional garment worn in India, Nepal, Pakistan and Bangladesh. Others believe that the harem pants originate from ancient Persia about 2,000 years ago where these trousers were everyday clothes for both sexes.

Most commonly known as “harem pants” in the West, they can also go by the names “genie pants”, “elephant pants”, “Aladdin pants”, “parachute pants”, “Sarouel pants”, “Thai pants”, “pantaloons”, and “bloomers”. The true name for harem pants is “Salvar” or “Shalwar”.

To keep your outfit on trend, pair your harem pants with a crop top or a cotton short that ends around the waist, or tuck a longer shirt in. Add a soft jersey jacket, a suedette biker or a lace cardi, peep toe heels or sandals, and a set of boho rings.