Every time harem pants re-emerge on the fashion scene, they always manage to cause a bit of a stir. No matter how firmly they plant themselves in the fashion atmosphere, they still manage to stay a little out there. We’re loving the heavily draped pants this time around – in an exotic print at Zara or in their tuxedo-like reworking at Balmain. It seems like there is a version of the pant for everyone!

While we love the re-imagining of styles-gone-by for new eras and new purposes, this one has us stumped: harem pants for the gym.

Our team recently found ourselves transfixed on a new piece from Colosseum’s fall line of activewear: a pair of high-waisted, harem-style sweatpants. The pants are super-soft, easy as anything to move around in and the perfect shade of grey (yes, there is a perfect shade!). While we love the harem look…and love the gym…do we love the harem look in the gym? We’re torn!

Dropped-crotch pants for yoga could mean an unencumbered range of motion. But dropped-crotch pants for spin class? Imagine the potential hazards, mostly to the ego.

What say you? We love that athletic wear has made leaps and bounds in the fashionable direction. But is this leap too far? When it comes to this hybridizing of a high-end fashion trend and practical workout gear, would you or wouldn’t you?

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  1. I’m afraid that’s crazy. Cute apres workout look, but definitely not a during kind of thing.

    Paula Puryear Martin | 08.16.2013 | Reply
  2. DIY: Put a sweatshirt on your legs.

    Nicky | 08.19.2013 | Reply
  3. No. Not ever. Just the thought of it tangles me up.

  4. Fashion at the gym is such a turn-off. It’s why I sought out a hardworking place in an old warehouse. No machines. Just agility, conditioning and strength. No mirrors. Fashion narcissism not welcomed. It is just one more way to commodify one more area of our lives. Don’t go there.

    JANJAMM | 08.19.2013 | Reply
  5. All I can think of is my grandmother asking me if I need my diaper changed.

    Jackie Landon | 08.30.2013 | Reply
  6. ! As an instructor for 16 years of many kinds of fitness classes, i think the Harem pant is an excellent addition to exercise wear and a great way to not show the crotch area for all to see.
    Too many women, (way way too many haha), and not really an issue w men, wear items because they are cool and trendy giving very little thought at how it actually looks on them and how it shows private nooks and crannies not meant for general audiences! Haha! The harem pant, sans cycling class indeed, is a great way to deal w all those propriety issues for the more modest or self-aware exerciser.
    Lastly, the fitness version of the harem pant is usually less billowy, using a narrower cut, and usually come in a capri length to make them less cumbersome and intrusive during sporty classes like kickboxing or general aerobics or dance fitness. Thanks for letting me share! Opinions are, at the very least, interesting

    rachel rivero de posey | 10.12.2016 | Reply

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