How to style paper bag waist jeans


So, you’ve finally decided to buy a pair of paperbag waist jeans or pants – now how do you wear them? Exactly what I was thinking when mine arrived in the mail… Here are two different ways to embrace the paperbag waist trend.

Lace polka dot puff sleeve ruched top, Ross; paperbag waist jeans, Shein; bow flats, also, Shein; Betsey Johnson bow bag, old, Marshall’s; heart sunglasses, Marshall’s.

Look 1: Wear them with a cropped top. Since the waist is pretty high and ruffled, a crop top is the easiest way to style paperbag waist jeans. I’m not big on the super short cropped tops, but this was a longer crop top and still worked well with the waistband of these pants.

Look 2:

Tuck your shirt in. Make sure you have a top long enough to tuck in, but maybe not toooo long or you’ll have a lot of tucking to do and possibly end up with a shirt line across your backside.

You could also try them with a tie front tee, a tucked in top with a blazer over top, or a button down top tucked into the waist.

Wear them with heels or flats, sneakers or booties.

Dressed up or dressed down.

They can be made work ready or weekend ready, or even date night ready.

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Hi! My name is Maureen and I enjoy hiking, fashion, food, a good book and a cup of tea! I'm a photographer & actress from Oregon. I live with my two sons & two pretty ragdoll furbabies near the Portland metro area.


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