My Thoughts On The Paperbag Trend

Shop WeWoreWhat Paperbag Buckle Jean, Fall Denim Style, Tilden of To Be Bright

If I’m being honest, I don’t find this particular style the most flattering on body types. But let me explain my reasoning because clearly there’s a reason I’m sharing an outfit post about this particular trend…

Basically, the ‘Paperbag’ trend is a reformed style of the high-waisted pant – with a subtle infusion of elastic replacing the otherwise fixed waistband we’re used to wearing (& unbuttoning after a meal as a result.) While 100% more comfortable & forgiving, it’s not necessarily the most admiring of style choices – especially for someone like me with a new appreciation for my curvier lower half. But again, that doesn’t mean it’s out of the running in terms of what compliments my body type.

Shop WeWoreWhat Paperbag Buckle Jean, Fall Denim Style, Tilden of To Be BrightShop WeWoreWhat Paperbag Buckle Jean, Fall Denim Style, Tilden of To Be BrightShop WeWoreWhat Paperbag Buckle Jean, Fall Denim Style, Tilden of To Be Bright

What I should’ve done with this outfit is pair these jeans with a slight heel to elongate my lower half and make these otherwise “baggier” jeans more favorable. But honestly, I’m not one for heels and if I were to wear these jeans for an extended period of time, I’d definitely be pairing them with flats over anything else 10/10 times.

So that’s why you see a pointed toe slingback flat paired here instead of what my Mother recommended (which was any sort of heel lol.) The pointed toe helps the eye mentally elongate my lower half as opposed to a sneaker or anything with a round/square toe. But despite the fact I didn’t choose height over realistic wearability, I still find these jeans incredibly fun & comfortable to wear.

Shop WeWoreWhat Paperbag Buckle Jean, Fall Denim Style, Tilden of To Be BrightShop WeWoreWhat Paperbag Buckle Jean, Fall Denim Style, Tilden of To Be BrightShop WeWoreWhat Paperbag Buckle Jean, Fall Denim Style, Tilden of To Be Bright

— OUTFIT DETAILS —
Paperbag Denim: Shop WeWoreWhat (fits TTS) | Tank: Uniqlo | Slingbacks: Sam Edelman (old, similar here & here)

At the end of the day, the Paperbag trend is a more comfortable approach to a high-waisted bottom option. Is it the most flattering? Not necessarily, although you can absolutely make it more worthwhile when paired with a heel or anything to elongate the baggier nature of the ensemble. Are all ‘Paper Bag’ styles baggy? No, not at all – but unless you enjoy feeling sliced in half (like most high-waisted pants), I’d avoid sizing down to make up for excess fabric. At the end of the day, do it for the comfort – not for the slim factor. If anything, that’s beyond overrated these days. Embrace those curves, babe!



7 Comments

  • Reply mireille September 22, 2020 at 12:37 pm

    I have one pair of wide legged paper bag pants and I love the print btu since they are not the most flattering I definitely pair it with a slimming top! These are fun and you pull them off well.
    http://www.chezmireillefashiontravelmom.com

  • Reply Tracy Colon September 22, 2020 at 8:20 pm

    I love the paperbag trend. I can see why you say they aren’t the most flattering but I don’t mind my lower body appearing a little bit larger and I like that it does hide the tummy a bit!

    -Tracy
    Find Your Dazzle

  • Reply France Konin September 23, 2020 at 9:36 pm

    I love paper bag pants! yours looks fantastic!

  • Reply Amanda C Burrows September 24, 2020 at 12:36 pm

    I’m a huge fan of paperbag waist styles, personally! I found a nice pair of paperbag shorts at Express during the summer and couldn’t stop wearing them. I agree with you that this is a comfortable approach to the high-rise trend. It’s also important to find a pair of denim/shorts with the paperbag detail that fit really well to ensure that you aren’t looking too puffy (that’s one tip I’ve found!).

    XO Amanda || Affordable by Amanda

  • Reply The Daily Petite September 25, 2020 at 1:25 pm

    Great post! Being 5″2′ anything high waisted usually isn’t the most flattering on me so the paperbag trend is out of me. I do think on some it’s super cute though!

  • Reply Jessica A Jannenga September 28, 2020 at 11:41 am

    Those paperbag jeans are so very stylish! I want a pair of PB jeans myself or at least high waisted jeans. These look great and I love how you styled it with the white tank, lettting the jeans take the stage! Love the buckle detail.
    thanks for linking!
    jess xx
    http://www.elegantlydressedandstylish.com

  • Reply Emma Peach September 30, 2020 at 6:06 pm

    I love those jeans, the buckles on the ankles are a fabulous detail! The simple white vest and shoes look great with them! Thanks for linking up!

    Emma xxx
    http://www.style-splash.com

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