The paper bag waist is everywhere this season. Not only pants, but skirts and shorts. Guess the designers thought it would be a great thing to tweak and bring back again. Do you remember them from the 80s? When doing my research on the style, this Simplicity pattern popped up and I just couldn’t resist. Bring back memories?
The true definition of the paper bag waist according to The Business of Fashion is in the link below.
I truly don’t remember wearing this waistline style back in the 80s. My body type was quite different back then and honestly the part of the U.S. that I grew up in was not the fashion capital of the country. So the reason why is unknown to me now and forever. That being said, let’s talk about how I would style this waistline.
If you haven’t tried the style, I would challenge you to do so. You don’t have to come out of the dressing room if you don’t like the look. For my petite body type, I was afraid that it would be a little much. The try on surprised me. I knew that to carry the look, a fitted top would be best for me. If you don’t feel comfortable with that style on your upper body, try tossing a jean jacket or other short casual jacket on and see if that works for you.
The pants that I am wearing from Boden are linen so they truly are cool and comfortable with this looser fit in the waistline. My choice of t-shirt was for the neckline. I wanted it to draw attention up to my shoulders and face. And these shoes, I can’t thank the Stuart Weitzman sales gal enough for recommending them during the recent sale.