First off, the name paperbag waist pants just sounds funny to me. Who looks good in a paper bag, anyway? Last I checked, no one! But the paperbag waist pants are not a new trend (see how I’ve worn them before here). It’s one that I’ve been loving a lot lately because, you guessed it, they’re high waisted! High waist pants are super flattering. The half tuck with tops is an easy way to look more chic. But with paperbag waist pants, that’s not really an option. So, how do you wear paperbag waist pants, you ask? I recommend wearing paperbag waist pants with thinner tops so you don’t end up looking too bulky. The paperbag waist does add some extra volume at your waist so the only option is to fully tuck in your top. This helps you to still look lean even if your pants flare out a bit at the waist.
I fell in love with the waistband of these Topshop paperbag waist pants. I love the big belt buckle and that the pleats almost fan out away from your waist (hope that make sense). They also come in rust and black which I am really contemplating getting black only because while I love the blush pink color, they don’t work with all my tops. This sparkle sweater from the Atlantic-Pacific x Halogen collection, is super thin so it’s perfect for tucking into these pants. I love the periwinkle and blush combo! I realize that my sweater is riding up and coming out of my full tuck but normally this sweater lies flat and close to my skin verses riding up and under my boobs (insert facepalm 🤦♀️ emoji).
Below I’m going to share all my tips on how to wear paperbag waist pants.
1. Wear with a top that can be fully tucked in. I suggest either a camisole, cute fitted t-shirt, thin sweater, or turtleneck. This eliminates any top that flares out at the bottom like a peplum top or an empire waist top.
2. Depending on the length of the paperbag waist pants, consider pairing with heels to add so length or a fun pair of flats like I am here. The sparkle flats go with the sparkle sweater, tying the look together. Plus pointy toe flats help to elongate your legs even though they’re flats.
3. Wear with a fitted jacket so that you don’t end up with too much volume up top. If the jacket is cut to define your waistline that’s even better. A crop jacket is another way to go.
Keep in mind that even if your natural waist isn’t your most narrow point, like if you’re more straight up and down like I am, these type of pants can really help to define your waistline and give you a curvier more feminine looking figure. I hope these tips were helpful!
Sweater: Atlantic-Pacific x Halogen (wearing a size small). Pants: Topshop (wearing a size 6). Flats: Atlantic-Pacific x Halogen. Glasses: Zenni. Handbag: Gucci.
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