How to wear paper bag waist pants The '80s trend is back.

June 10, 2019

A key silhouette and trend not only for this spring/summer but also fall/winter, paper bag waist pants are one of the most flattering trousers you will ever own. The wide waist pulled in by a belt makes your waist look wasp thin and hides any extra love handles you might have. Additionally, the wide legs fall straight down, creating a feminine and chic silhouette.

The ’80s trend

Woman wearing long paper bag waist pants with sweater.

The comfortable paper bag waist trousers, another trend from our beloved ’80s, come in all types of fabrics, from cotton to luxurious silk, from wool to leather. Also, the paperbag waist trousers can have different cuts; wide legs, tapered legs or cropped legs. Besides pants, you will find shorts and skirts with the flattering paper bag waist.

How to wear paperbag waist trousers

Cotton and denim paper bag pants paired with a nice T-shirt and kickers make a cool casual look. For your office outfit, wear linen paperbag trousers with a shirt or any office-appropriate blouse, a blazer and chic slingback pumps. Additionally, you can also rock these flattering pants in a luxurious fabric to go out at night, pair them with killer heels and bold earrings.

Influencer wearing black blazer and electric blue paper bag waist trousers.

Can anyone wear paper bag waist pants?

Although the paper bag waist trousers trend works best for the hour-glass body shape since it emphasizes the waist, by choosing the right fit and the right styling, anyone can wear this season essential that looks fabulous for women of all ages, whether you’re 20 or over 50.

You can pair paper bag waist pants with T-shirts, buttoned shirts and pullovers, but it is crucial to tuck your top in the ruffled waist to balance the proportions. And talking about proportions, if you are rather Petite, you might want to wear models with cropped legs and add some height with heels or wedges, since the paperbag pants can make you look shorter.

Influencer wearing brown turtleneck and cream paper bag waist trousers with white boots.

If you are big busted or have no waist, opt for paperbag trousers that don’t add too much volume around the waist. Consider wearing models that are more like high-waisted pants with a belt that sits lower than the top of the pants.    

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