Welcome to Dressed for My Day…where I may not naturally be on the cutting edge of fashion, but I’m not afraid to try new things either. Ha! Of course, the paperbag waist pants silhouette is not exactly new. But it’s new to me. So I thought I’d take a stab at styling paperbag waist jeans this week. That’s right, I said week. This is actually the first of three posts I’ll be sharing this week in which I’m styling these trending jeans.
First the bad news. My mid-rise straight leg paperbag waist jeans are almost completely sold out. And they’re a great deal from Target. Since they’re on clearance, I doubt they’ll restock. But you never know. Fingers crossed! Because these are really sweet jeans. I was so happy when I found them and eager to share them with you. Shucks.
I first ordered these paperbag waist jeans because a reader had asked about styling paperbag waist pants, so I decided to try the silhouette first in denim. I had very low expectations, and doubted I’d like them at all. But I have to tell you, if nothing else, these are some of the most comfortable jeans I’ve ever put on. Well, duh. They’re nice and loose in the legs. What’s not to be comfortable?
But even though they’re not close fitting, I think the tapered silhouette helps them to look more flattering than if they were wide or full leg jeans. So maybe one of the keys to wearing this paperbag waist trend is to look for a relaxed but tapered leg. In fact, I do prefer the look of these over those I’ve seen that are more fitted in the leg.
Unfortunately, unless you’re the lucky size or two they have in stock…or they restock…you won’t be able to find these exact paperbag waist jeans. But I’ve rounded up others for you to check out in the shopping widget below.
Of all the ones I found, I think I like the silhouette of these from 7 for All Mankind best. They’re a little pricey compared to mine, but they do have the full, but tapered legs. I also like these by Veronica Beard. They’re extremely pricey (a great brand), but 60% off right now. Yeah, they’re even more “out there” than the ones I’m styling here, but they look really sharp to me.
While you absolutely can wear a fuller top with this silhouette, I think the easiest way to style these loose fitting jeans is with a slim fitting top. So I topped them off with this classic ballet neck elbow sleeve striped tee. Because this tee is 40% off it’s quickly selling out, too. I’m wearing a size medium and it fits nicely. Of course, whatever you wear up top, you’ll need to tuck it in.
For warmth, color and interest, I added my simple pink cardigan (wearing size medium). I’m reaching for this pretty pop of color frequently, in fact, and it’s part of Talbots’ buy more save more deal today.
Also, adding a loose fitting cardigan over these paperbag waist jeans helps them look a little trimmer, I think. Like I said, I’ll be showing you these jeans two more ways this week, and each time I’ll be wearing a third piece over them.
I’ll also be showing you three ways to belt this paperbag waist silhouette of jeans. Here I’ve simply used the self-fabric belt that came with the jeans and tied it in a loop. I shared how to tie this look in this post.
When it came to jewelry, I decided to draw attention up to my face with large earrings (option) and passed on a necklace. Otherwise I simply added a couple of casual enamel bangles. My sunglasses are from Talbots, but no longer available. See my recent sunglasses post for more options.
By the way, I’m loving this Everlane leather tote. It’s an investment piece, as are all genuine leather totes. But this light taupe color is back in stock (along with the cognac and black), and it’s a great bag. While I loved my Madewell Transport Tote (which I gifted to my daughter), I prefer this one because it stands upright when put down, while the other one flopped over.
So let’s be kind, but I’d love to know what you think of these paperbag waist jeans. I’m not married to them, but I sure did enjoy wearing them the day I took these photos. I may just go ahead and slip them on again today! And, yes, you’ll be seeing them two more times this week! I’ll be watching the Target website to see if they get replenished.
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Is anyone pushing your buttons lately? Maybe they’re not offending you in big ways, but it’s the little things that are getting on your nerves. We’ve all been cooped up with our closest family members recently. And even though we love them dearly, these are the people we sometimes find the hardest to bear with…especially when it comes to those little things they do that annoy us.
But let’s consider that we’re not all that easy to live with either. Ha! When the “specks in their eyes” start to irritate us to no end, maybe we should shift our gaze to the log sticking out of our own eye before we start pointing fingers in theirs. (See Matthew 7:3-5) Let’s pause and pray for patience today, so that we can be kind, tenderhearted and gracious to those around us. They’re our people! Let’s love them well.
Instead, be kind to each other, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, just as God through Christ has forgiven you. ~ Ephesians 4:32