One Piece, Three Ways : Paperbag Waist Pants

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I first dipped my toe into the waters of wider leg pants with a linen pair from Target that were so very comfortable. I hesitated with wide legs since my lower half is the larger part of my body, but I found them to accentuate my smaller waist and ultimately be quite flattering!

I wanted to find a cropped version, though, and I finally found a great pair that is comfortable, versatile, and flattering. I didn’t want a wide or straight leg all the way down, but I also didn’t want them to gather too tight around the calf either. These Paperbag Waist Pants from Madewell are a dream and I’m sharing 3 different ways to wear them in today’s post.

Option One: Date Night

This was the easiest outfit to put together since it was black on black. I love that it’s a non-dress option for date night that could also work at the office with a nice blazer. H&M is a great place to find very low priced camisoles and satin tanks that work beautifully on their own or pair very well with a blazer or sweater.

 

Option Two: Weekend Ready

I prefer a bit of heel for balance with these pants but sometimes a slide or flat sandal just needs to work! I wanted to create an outfit idea for a more casual day and imagined wearing this while running errands with the kids! A v-neck would be a nice option for the top if you have one but I liked this boxy striped tee and thought it looked balanced but still casual.

 

Option Three: Business Meeting

This felt the most professional and classic of the outfit options. The ruffles at the shoulders added a touch of fun without taking away any sophistication from the outfit. My exact top is sold out but I found very similar options that I linked to below.

 

If you are looking for a similar but lower priced option for these pants, try these from the Prolouge line at Target!

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Comments (13)

  1. Posted August 5, 2019

    My favourite look is the second look – the all-black look! So chic! πŸ˜€

    Charmaine Ng | Architecture & Lifestyle Blog
    http://charmainenyw.com

  2. Katie says
    Posted August 5, 2019

    You are so classy and down to earth!! I love your blog and IG for inspiration and styling tips! Thanks for reminding me how fun is it to be stylish and that I’m not just defined by motherhood πŸ™‚

  3. Liz says
    Posted August 5, 2019

    Great ways to style these!! Do they fit true to size? πŸ™‚

  4. Krista says
    Posted August 5, 2019

    Why can’t I find the link to the original long black pair from target 😭

  5. Amanda says
    Posted August 5, 2019

    I LOVE the handbag in your last photo! I didn’t see a link for it?? Do you remember where you found it? LOVE the slacks as well…great post!!

  6. Missy says
    Posted August 5, 2019

    What a flattering style! You look adorable and tall, love those pants!

  7. Ashley says
    Posted August 5, 2019

    I bought and Target version and after 4 wears the material came apart on the inside thigh. Not at the seam, just the linen material itself so it wasn’t possible to mend. πŸ™

  8. Nipa says
    Posted August 6, 2019

    I bought my first pair of paper bag waist pants last year, and love them! These are really cute on you. Nipa

  9. Cathy Henley says
    Posted August 6, 2019

    Love your blog and your tutorials!! Wanted to know what the difference is between the T3 Cura hair dryer and the T3 featherweight luxe 2i hair dryer. Thank you so much!!

  10. Posted August 9, 2019

    I love the date night look! I always wear my summer trousers with a good cami, it’s a perfect relaxed look that makes you look so put together. Great outfit ideas!

    K A T E L A T E L Y || Fashion & Lifestyle Blog
    http://www.katelately.co

  11. Tricia says
    Posted September 12, 2019

    I want my hair cut like yours- what should I tell my stylist?

  12. Ashly says
    Posted September 20, 2019

    You’ve probably mentioned this somewhere already, but what size are you in the paperbag waist pant? We are very similar in size and shape so I’m just curious. Love your style and tips SO MUCH!

    • Kate says
      Posted September 21, 2019

      I’m a size 8!