A Harem-Pant History: From the Persian Empire to Hammertime

With a relaxed fit and cinched hem, the harem pant is a cool option on a hot day. But before you seek stylish relief in this versatile piece, find out where it has cropped up in the past.
History of the Harem Pant

First appearing in Persia 2,000 years ago, the original loose-fitting pant was a practical and modest choice for women. The baggy fit allowed them to comfortably complete household chores without revealing their feminine shape (to do so at the time was frowned upon).

Fast-forward a few centuries and head over to the Western world, where harem pants were worn by women’s-rights activists in hopes of breaking gender stereotypes.

In more recent years, “drop-crotch” pants have popped up on TV (NBC’s I Dream of Jeannie), the silver screen (Disney’s Aladdin), and on stage (Hammertime, anyone?). Now, while these may not be the most stylish of examples, you can rest assured that today, we’ve finally mastered the slouchy look.

By Jillian Hudon, Staff Writer

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June 27, 2014

Holy Humidity: How to Outfit Summer’s Hottest Hours (Bedtime, Too)

Unfortunately, not every summer soiree includes an easy exit. Sometimes, you have to stick it out – rain, shine, or impossible humidity. So before you head to that next dinner party, take a few hot-summer cues from us.

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For Men
It’s hot and muggy out, and you’re going to sweat. Wear a T-shirt, right? Wrong. The Art of Manliness implores you to choose a button-front or polo on sunny days before reaching for the tee. Even a long-sleeve button-front (made of natural fibers) will keep you cooler than a cotton-blend or polyester tee. Not to mention the versatility factor. You’ll seldom feel underdressed.

For occasions that call for a sport coat, wear light colors and fabrics (like white and linen). Heading to a patio or beach-front party? Roll up those pant cuffs and swap out oxfords for boat shoes.

For Women
We’ll admit it – women sweat, too. (Guys, deal with it). A few things to avoid when hitting the party circuit: cap sleeves, too-short shorts, doing your hair, and the color gray. Go with a billowy off-the-shoulder dress. You’ll stay cool while still showing a little skin. Since you’ll have to bring a bag for those touch-up essentials, make it a big, bright one that’s still slim enough to tuck under your arm.

For Kids
Shorts, tees, stripes, anchors. It’s hard to make them not look cute. Heading to a kid-friendly party? Make sure they’re comfortable – or you’re in for an early night. And don’t forget hats. Even if it’s not an outside event, they’ll probably end up in the yard anyway.

For Home
Not unlike your wardrobe, your summer bed requires cool cotton and linen fabrics for maximum comfort on humid nights. Satin and silk may sound appealing, but they’re not as breathable. Swap your heavy winter comforter for a lightweight duvet in a creamy white or nude hue.

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By Julia Ivins, Staff Writer

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July 17, 2013

Instant Inspiration: 5 Pinterest Boards We Can’t Get Enough Of

A Tuesday roundup of our recent Pinterest obsessions

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1. Harper’s BAZAAR’s library of iconic fashion moments never fails to leave us breathless.

2. We’re letting our hair down after reviewing some pro tips.

3. It’s time to book a flight. To all these places. Immediately.

4. We would so cook more often if our kitchens looked this good.

5. This board of lace, cutouts, and prints has us scouring our closets for mix-and-match brilliance.

Can’t get enough Pinterest inspiration? Check out past boards that caught our eye.

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June 4, 2013

Instant Inspiration: 5 Pinterest Boards We Can’t Get Enough Of

A Tuesday roundup of our recent Pinterest obsessions

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1. We’ve kicked off the sunny season – and now to tackle that Summer Bucket List.

2. Summery décor ideas. So your home can be just as bright as your warm-weather outlook.

3. A whole board full of seashell DIYs means one thing: time to hit the beach.

4. Sandals, espadrilles, and wedges, oh my! Finally – light and airy shoes (on a daily basis).

5. Short, beachy dresses and cover-ups. Because a vacation deserves a whole new wardrobe.

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May 28, 2013

Summer Socialite: The Memorial Day Weekend Outfit Inspiration Board

Kiss the ground. Do a happy dance. Break out your white pants (if you haven’t already). The official kickoff to summer is finally here and I can’t pack my bags fast enough… mostly because I’m late for, well, everything, but also – the ferry/train/plane is calling me to the beach.

Truth be told, though, I’m a little rusty when it comes to filling my larger-than-needed suitcase appropriately for this weekend’s jam-packed warm-weather social calendar. That’s where this inspiration board comes in handy:

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By Abigail Kuzia, Editor

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May 25, 2013