How To: Style Paperbag-Waist Pants

For those of you that don’t know what paperbag-waist pants are, they’re essentially pants that have a belt at the top that you use to cinch them in to create gathers at the waist (imagine what the top of a paperbag looks like when you scrunch it in inch or so below the top of a bag). The belt is made from the same material as the pants and can either be something you tie in a bow or it can have an actual buckle (most are ones that you tie). They can be wide-legged or slimmer fitting through the hips, full length or cropped. They also generally have pleats at the top although, there are lots that are flat-fronted. Basically there are lots of different styles and fits – what makes them “paperbag-waist” pants is how it fits around your waist.

Paperbag-Waist pants are one of this season’s hottest trends but let’s be honest, most of us don’t actually know how to style them. Thankfully our ‘Girl in Focus’ Jamie Dunlop Khau is here to help so let’s all watch and see how she styles her paperbag-waist pants.

Paperbag-Waist Pants

If you're only going to buy one pair of paperbag-waist pants this Fall, these ones from RW&CO. are a great choice. They're slimmer fitting through the hip and cropped making them easy to style and pretty much universally flattering. These also come in a variety of colours incase black isn't your thing.

Available at RW&CO. $89.90*

Button Up Blouse

Tuck in your favourite fall blouse for a perfect office-look.

GPxJBaker Button Up Blouse available at H&M $29.99*; Necklace available at H&M $17.99*; Tote Bag available at H&M $32.99*; 424 Fifth Embellished Mules available at Hudson's Bay $119*.

Oversized Sweater

Looking to be comfy yet stylish? Pair with an oversized sweater! Be sure to tuck the front of the sweater in so that you can still see the tie on the pants.

Oversized Sweater available at H&M $49.99*; Etereo Oversized Hoops available at Hudson's Bay $16*; Tote Bag available at Hudson's Bay $25*; Design Lab Darla Open-Toe Sock Booties available at Hudson's Bay $99*.

Long Blazer

Just because it's 'girls night out' doesn't you have to wear something tight or revealing. Add a long blazer and coloured tank and you're set!

Long Blazer available at H&M $59.99*; Camisole available at H&M $19.99*; Statement Earrings available at H&M $14.99*; Jillian Harris for Privilege Leo Foldover Clutch available at Privilege $78*; Mules available at Le Chateau $69.95*.

Fitted Cardigan

Tuck that fitted cardigan in and add some oxfords for a more casual day at the office.

Fitted Cardigan available at RW&CO. $59.90*; Camisole available at Hudson's Bay $15*; Shoulder Bag available at H&M $32.99*; Lovirede Lace-Up Oxfords available at Aldo $80*.

Soft Trench

For those of you that haven't embraced the soft trench trend yet, DO IT! So comfortable yet chic!

Soft Trench available at Dynamite $74.95*; Sleeveless Turtleneck Sweater available a Hudson's Bay $109*; Matt & Nat Shoulder Bag available at Below the Belt $95*; Steve Madden Feather Faux-Snakeskin Flats available at Town Shoes $100*.

Will you try paperbag-waist pants this Fall?

*Prices quoted are regular prices, before taxes. Price and availability are subject to change. Please see stores for details.