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Miranda

I greatly admire your trouser-related bravery...I'm a conservative girl myself; it took me years just to warm to the idea of skinny jeans...

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arlene

oooo, a woman after my own heart....leather leggings with patches??! looove it!

badaude

Difficult to believe after all that, but I just bought these instead.
http://www.toast.co.uk/product/trousers/c4su1/churidar.htm
told you I was a sucker...

Divya

I heard about the churidar trend in the Guardian as well as the harem trousers. They're both styles of trousers that you find as part of salwar kameez suits.

I'm British Indian so the whole thing is doubly vexing for me. The English side of me is thinking 'WTF? They look ridiculous', and the Indian side thinks 'WTF? How can you wear just half the suit?'

I'm tempted to just buy some nice fabrics and get a bunch of shalwar kameez suits sewn up. Less hassle than thinking of how to wear this in a Western way. And cheaper too!

badaude

Ooh,where in the Guardian? (I like their fashion writing particularly Hadley Freemen). My Toast churidar haven't arrived yet (they're on mail order) and I'll let you know how silly they look on me when they do, but for the moment my main worry is that the fabric looks so fine I'm kind of worried my pants might show...

Divya

Here's a piece on trouser styles (see also article and gallery in siderbar on roadtesting):
http://www.guardian.co.uk/theguardian/2009/apr/08/fashion-crotch

Denim nappy? Oh dear...

And they mention the Toast churidars here:
http://www.guardian.co.uk/lifeandstyle/2009/may/02/fashion-tips-lourdes-cheryl-cole

I don't know how the top of the Toast churidars are cut but on my salwar kameez suits they are baggy with a drawstring and not intended to be shown. The ugly top bit is covered by the matching tunic anyway. The appeal of the churidar style is the close fit around the calves and the excess folds around the ankles which look like bangles (churis).

The Guardian piece above also suggests wearing them under tunics much like a salwar kameez, hence my exasperation!

badaude

I just got them! I must admit I'm still dithering. I'm not really a tunic-wearer and - even long, untucked - shirts and t-shirts do look a bit odd. They are rather sheer, though not dangerously so. I think what I need is churidar but with a western waistband to make me feel a little more structured.

Divya

From the pics on the toast website, it looks like they're intended as a summer version of leggings ie. to be worn under long tops/tunics/short dresses. The thinness of the fabric and the looser fit at the top would be more comfortable in summer than leggings or skinny jeans. I think the sheer fabric looks quite nice on the lower legs (as long as the top part is covered).

I tried my churidars with a normal t-shirt and it definitely didn't work for me. Wearing them with a tunic top from another set worked better though. Not hugely adventurous but a bit more creative than wearing a matching set.

What about a long top/shirt with a belt? That might work better than just wearing it untucked.

Steph

i LOVE those illustrations :)
so great.
-steph107

French Women

That is hilarious! I, too, am a lover of the cargos!

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The thinness of the fabric and the looser fit at the top would be more comfortable in summer than leggings or skinny jeans.The ugly top bit is covered by the matching tunic anyway. The appeal of the churidar style is the close fit around the calves and the excess folds around the ankles which look like bangles.

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