Paper Bag Waist Pants Styled for Work

Paper bag waist pants have been trending on the casual side for some time. Today we’ll show you how to bring that street style trend into the office with these pants that were a major steal!

Hello Lovelies!

You all know sometimes I like to take a walk on the wild side and try some new trends for work. I like to have as much fun with my work wardrobe as I possibly can! If you’re like me then you’ll love today’s look featuring the very popular paper bag waist pants. This is a trend I’ve had my eye on for a while and I’ve always been fond of the high-waisted look. I was scouring the sale racks at H & M one day & stumbled upon the perfect paper bag waist pants for work!

Tops: Similar here & here | Pants: H & M (similar) | Necklace: SheIn (similar)

You all want to know the best part about these pants??? I got them for SEVEN DOLLARS *shocked emoji*. When I tell y’all that was the highlight of my day I mean it! I purchased these pants from the clearance section along with the abstract printed dress I posted a while back but the pants had no tag. The cashier was gracious enough to give them to me for a smooth $7! These pants are just as good quality as a pair of slacks from Macy’s and so comfy! I like that they’re looser fitting to give off kind of an 80’s vibe as well.

Since these pants have some volume, I recommend pairing them with a more fitted top  so you don’t lose your shape. I opted for this double layered short sleeve sweater and collared shirt. Layering a sweater with a nice, structured button down always gives an air of sophistication to me and makes your outfit look more complete.

paper bag waist pants details

I got this sweater from The Limited (I’m super said they’re closed now!) and I love that the camel color is so versatile. It’s also a good transition piece for in between seasons like the rainy March/April we’ve been having here. My studded bib necklace and of course my work bag finish off the look. Is it just me, or does anyone else feel naked when they’re not wearing a necklace with a button down? Lol!

paper bag pants and brown sweater close up

In true paper bag waist pants form, these slacks come equipped with a tie belt. I would actually recommend you tie the belt in a knot instead of a bow like I did because it felt a bit bulky around my waist. This style of pant is actually great for rainy weather because they fit slimmer at the ankle. This keeps them from dragging and getting frayed or wet from the rain like a traditional bootcut pant would. My favorite black pumps were my footwear of choice but you could of course go with a brown or nude shoe. Even a flat would work!

If you haven’t tried the paper bag waist style then you absolutely should! If you’re not ready to go bold with fun colors or printed pants just yet, trying a new style or fit is a great way to kind of dip your toe in the pond. Once you step outside of your comfort zone with something you like it’ll be easier to keep trying new things!

paper bag waist pants and brown sweater full look

paper bag waist pants and brown sweater work look

I hope you all enjoyed this look and got inspired to try out your favorite street style pieces in the office. As long as you go for a toned down version and pair it with classic pieces, your look is sure to be a hit!

Until next time!


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