If you read this title and thought “WTF are paper bag waist pants?” you are not alone. According to ModCloth:

“A paper bag cut generally means a garment features extra fabric at the waist – making it perfect for belting! Typically worn high at the waist, it creates a feminine silhouette that adds shape to an outfit, making it chic, but not overdone.”

So, paper bag waist pants aren’t *literally* pants made out of a paper bag – they just look like one (kind of). They’re super chic and perfect to rock in a casual look, but they can also easily migrate into your business wardrobe, depending on the pant. Because of their versatility, we know that they’ll be a perfect addition to your closet (unless like you’re like us and already own a pair…or five).

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Style your pants with sneakers and a graphic tee for a casual/fun look!

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For a more ~professional~ setting, pair the paper bag waist with a blouse and some nice sandals or close-toed wedges.

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Paper bag waists come in all sizes and patterns! Don’t be afraid to take this simple silhouette to the next level with something fun. Balance the bold with a solid colored top and a simple pair of shoes for a statement lük.

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Embrace sweater weather with something cozy to go with your comfy pants. 

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For a night out, think: (~classy~) crop top, paper bag pants, and HEELS.

Alice + Olivia pants

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Elevate your pants for a nicer occasion with clean lines and your favorite statement jewelry!

Paper bag waist pants are one of our fave closet essentials not only because they’re cute, but also because they give the illusion of longer legs and a smaller waist. From work, to running errands, to a night out, paper bag pants can be your new go-to for any occasion! We love them, but how are you feeling about the paper bag waist? Let us know @fashionlovermag