I can see all the Turkish sisters I know silently chuckling to themselves…I can see all the hip Istanbuli urbanites shaking their heads and scratching their chins at the thought of peasent shalvar being trendy in fashion land.
Here are the original Turkish shalvar
These are the pants that conservative Turkish women wear around the house when cleaning, they hitch them up over their skirts or peasent women in villages wear them when working in the fields. they are in no way cool or hip but they are comfy and utilitarian. I have a pair which were made for me about seven years ago. A friend of mine was returning to Turkey with her family and I always saw her and her mom shuffle around the house in them. I asked my friends mother if she could make me a pair as I had grand ideas of using them as a pattern for a Ottoman-esque outfit in black velvet paired with a long jacket. Needless to say they balked at the idea and thought I was potentially insane. Anyway, against their better judgement (because I would not cease my pesterings!) they made me a pair.
Unfortunately, to this day I rarely if ever use them as they are kind of bothersome. Ialmost never wear skirts anyway, let alone around the house… why not just grab a pair of sweats and be done with it.
But, I digress…
So they are popular and trendy this season and come in a variety of designs from the Turkish peasent style to more modified styles to the saggy bottom styles reminiscent of MC Hammer.
Just a few days ago, I ventured in H&M and stumbled across a pair of the above type of harem pant. Not very baggy, not scary and not strange…They looked decidedly “normal” by Western standards.
They were also in a very light cotton fabric that is incredibly suitable for summer and came in a variety of colorful shades. I picked up a black pair and went into the dressing room, thinking if they fit they would be ideal with a pair of flats and a long black tunic, or under a light abayah. Surprisingly they actually looked decent. You can choose to either tighten the drawstring giving you a billowy look from the knee down (as from the waist down to the knee they are slim fit and then knee down to ankle they are sort of billowly, no drop crotch or excessive fabric anywhere),Or you can leave them un-tied and they resemble you’re average pair of straight legged pants.
Either way, super cute. So I paid the $19.99 and bought them, they go great with several of my Shukr Tunics and several of my summery flats and sandles and will definetly be very cool under an abayah in the summers heat. I was expecting my husband to say they looked like Irani shalvar but they don’t so he did’nt, though he did say they looked cute <mashallah>.
I still have my original Turkish Shalvar…we’ll see if I get up the guts to wear them out, but it’s doubtful.