Like all things ’80s, the paperbag pant is back, with celebs such as Sienna Miller and the Hadid sisters rocking the menswear-inspired look. While the often wide-legged, cinched-waist style can be tough to pull off, this slouchy trend has quickly gained momentum among fashion girls.
And while the name bears associations to children’s literature and sandwiches clad in Ziploc bags (see: The Paperbag Princess and brown-bagged lunches), the paperbag pant can be surprisingly flattering, as long as you style them right. Take your style cues from our favourite fashion bloggers below.
Gabrielle Lacasse, writer, stylist, photographer, and editor-in-chief at Dentelle+Fleurs, sports a business casual look at Toronto’s Sugar Beach. We love her blue ruffled button-down, and the unexpected silhouette it creates when paired with her khaki trousers (which also have a touch of ruffle at the waist). A slimmer leg helps balance the proportion and streamlines the look.
One downside of paperbag pants is that they can come off looking a little more shabby than chic if they’re styles on their own, without the right accessories. The ever-stylish Kayla Seah, of Not Your Standard blog, ups the feminine factor by pairing her paperbag shorts with gold statement jewelry and a fashion-forward fedora, along with a body-conscious top that offsets the extra fabric on the bottom.
There’s no hard and fast rule that says you must tuck in your shirt when donning paperbag pants; however, skipping the tuck could mean losing the coveted hourglass shape the trousers are famed for. Blogger Alyssa Lau opts out of the tuck while retaining the intended, cinched-at-the-waist shape, with a snug crop top.
Arguably, the best part about the paperbag pant is that it can be styled up or down, simply by trading in your footwear. Vancouver-based blogger Alicia Winnett dresses things up with a pair of orange statement stilettos, elongating her silhouette in the process.
Featured image: Frankie Marin for NotYourStandard.com.