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4 Ways to Wear Paper Bag Pants

Paper bag pants are a staple for every business casual, teacher or just elevated wardrobe. This unique pant style is hard to style, so here are 4 examples of how to wear paper bag pants.

 

Do you own a pair of paper bag pants? Today I’ll break down what they are and how to wear paper bag pants. I love wearing these daily, but I’ve heard from many teachers and women who go into the office every day that paper bag pants are a staple in their wardrobe.

I tried this pair of wide leg paper bag waist pants and they were much too short, like awful culottes, so I only showed the outfits in this post with this one pair of paper bag waist pants. I’m wearing a size small in these pants and would recommend sizing up one size from your normal size.

If you want a different style of paper bag waist pants, THESE ONES are very cute and have a wide, full length leg that would give you that “legs for days” look.

 

How to Wear Paper Bag Pants

 

How to dress up your paper bag waist pants

Paper bag waist pants can be worn for more than the office! Don’t be afraid to throw on a fun blouse and a pair of heels and wear it to a dressier event!

FLORAL TOP | PAPER BAG PANTS (size up one size!) | SIMILAR BLUSH HEELS

 

 

Can you wear jacket with paper bag waist pants?

Again, yes, you can wear a jacket with them. I’d recommend a jacket with a thicker fabric that won’t get caught or cling on the extra fabric of the waistband, like a denim or utility or leather jacket. Avoid a lightweight jersey cardigan or a thin drapey blazer. I kept my tee underneath fitted and basic to not add additional bulk around the middle.

SIMILAR WHITE BODYSUIT | PAPER BAG PANTS (size up one size!) |SIMILAR DENIM JACKET | SIMILAR ANKLE BOOTS

 

 

Can you dress down paper bag waist pants?

Yes! You absolutely can dress them down for everyday, or for a more casual office. Try them with a basic tee and simple, modern sneakers. You could do a v-neck tee, but a crew neck tee is definitely more casual, so choose what works best for you and the rest of the outfit. 

SIMILAR STRIPED TEE | PAPER BAG PANTS (size up one size!) | ECCO SNEAKERS

 

 

Try your paper bag waist pants with a flowy top

The thing about paper bag waist pants is that you have to commit to fully tucking your top. There’s too much fabric at the waist as it is, and if you leave your top untucked it defeats the purpose of the waist details and will give you a really bulky look. But don’t be afraid to wear flowy tops and tuck them in. It absolutely works!

SIMILAR WHITE TOP  | PAPER BAG PANTS (size up one size!) | SIMILAR MADEWELL LOAFERS

 

I hope that’s helpful!

 

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One Comment

  1. Whitney says:

    Thanks for the recs! I love hearing what other people are reading. I love all of your content!

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