I’ve come to the conclusion that North Africans love their Sarouel (aka, shalwar, aka harem pants) because if you spend any time on French hejab shop sites you see a multitude of Sarouel styles for sale and some I think actually look half decent. Like something I might actually wear outside and which doesn’t look weird, comical or just more suited to inside wear.
Not to say I dont love shalvar (shalwar, sarouel) myself…I own a few pairs of bakhtiari mens shalvar I pick up in Iran everytime I go, I have been known to snag my husbands Kordi style shalvar, my husband lives in his…he’ll even go outside in them and my son usually romps around the house in his Saudi shalvar…but to me, I consider them home wear…not even outside under an abaya or jilbab. Its sorta like wearing a teeshirt or sweatpants…they are for the home.
But, these North African designs seem more like a skirt than anything else.
Take for example these…
They are also popular with the demi jelbab style…
I just wonder thought it would make you walk funny…??
Then there are these fancier versions which I reckon would be good for special occasions… (btw the one below I *love*, its from Al Moultazimoun)
What do you think??
They dont look like M C Hammer, hammer-time pants or the I Dream of Genie style Harem pants either…and I guess thats why I think they are kind of cute.