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"Men are more fun to dress," said Chantal Harb, co-founder of budding menswear concept brand Men Just Wanna Have Fun, sitting outside at coffee shop in Downtown Beirut alongside her sister and business partner Beatrice.A decade ago, the pants would rarely be seen outside the mountainous regions where some Druze men continue to wear them as part of their traditional dress, now a mere relic of Ottoman-era Lebanon. Since then, however, designers and commercial clothing manufacturers have co-opted the pants for their women's collections, renaming them in the process. Today the pants are better known internationally as "harem pants" or "Turkish trousers". The rebirth of men's sherwal is thanks to high-fashion designers and commercial sportswear, which have reimagined the loose, airy pants for two very different reasons: the former as a modish alternative to fitted trousers and the latter as loungewear with optimal roominess. The bolder looks are Beatrice and Chantal's own creations: essentially skirts sewn at the bottom and transformed into shorts or pants.
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