How To Style Paper-Bag Pants

They're on-trend, versatile and easy to wear

Can an item of clothing be equal parts comfy and chic? These pants, cinched at the waist and cropped at the ankle, fit the bill. Worn as a set contrasting black blazer or with a tucked-in tank, don’t let their ruffled waists or wide belts intimidate you. 

paper-bag pants

Jasmin wears (left) Hansen & Gretel blazer, $389,; Nobody Denim tank top, $129,; Frame pants, $429, at; Zara shoes, $69.95,; Louise Olsen x Alex and Trahanas earrings, $240, Rose wears H&M jacket, approx $209,; Rolla’s tank top, $69.95,; Bassike pants, $360,; Sportsgirl shoes, $89.95,; Charles & Keith bag, $109,

paper-bag pants

Sussan, $99.99,, $39.95,, $119, at

paper-bag pants

Whether they’re paired with a plain crop, a puff-sleeve blouse or a shirt, look to the style set for versatile staples and a suite of unexpected accessories. 


1 ASOS bag, $40, 2 C/MEO Collective jacket, $219.95, at; 3 Lmnd tank top, $115,; 4 Brie Leon earrings, $149,; 5 Neuw tank top, $69.95,; 6 Zara shoes, $69.95,

Photography by Michael Brunt and Sevak Babakhani. Styled by Ella Blinco Jury. This article originally appeared in the March 2020 issue of InStyle.

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