Trending: Paperbag Waists

Gathered at the waist and extending above, paperbag waists can be found on shorts, pants, and skirts this season. Make sure these are big enough not to clutch hips. Crop top or tuck-in.

Shorts left to right

TOPSHOP Acid Wash Paperbag Waist Denim Shorts A go-to item. Neat cuffs. Front button closure. Side pockets; back patch pockets. Machine washable cotton. $60.00 

All In Favor Paperbag Waist Shorts – Good seasonal color cinches the waist of these cotton twill shorts. Fly closure. Front slant pockets; back welt pockets. Back elastic waist. Optional sash. $45.00

Pinko Paperbag Printed Shorts – Feminine sea blue cotton shorts with all-over print, wide leg, paperbag waist with a tie fastening. $136.00 

Bishop & Young Paperbag Waist Shirts – Crisp stripes add fresh style to lightweight shorts.  Zip fly; tie waist. Side-seam pockets. Machine washable polyester/ spandex. $80.00

Not Shown – Derek Lam 10 Crosby Striped Linen Shorts – Dressier $325.00 

Skirts left to right

Bulke Textured Dot Paperbag Waist Skirt by J.O.A.- Low-key cotton mini that’s belted and paperbag-scrunched at the waist. A staple. Pull-on style. 18 ½” length. $69.00

Bradley Skirt by Rebecca Minkoff – Versatile, unlined, cotton skirt- slip please, or this will stick. Front hook-and-loop cargo pockets; side slip pockets. Ties at the paperbag waist. 21” length. Sale $106.80

Khaki Faux Suede Paperbag Pencil Skirt – Office or playtime. D ring belt. Utility style pockets. Split hem. Polyester/elastane. Machine wash gentle cycle. $84.00

X Revolve House of Harlow Button Skirt – Show a little or a lot of leg. Rayon/polyester/ elastane. Lined, stretch, ribbed fabric. Front button closure. Paperbag waist with tie detail. Approx 30″ in length. $188.00

Khaki Pants

Left: Edition 10 Paperbag Waist Trousers – Easy, everyday slacks. Pleated detail.  Straight-cut style.  Self-belt at waist. Hidden zipper & hook/eye at fly. Slant hip pockets. Flap back pocket. Machine washable (cold) cotton. $270.00

Center:  Morris High Waist Linen Pants by Lafayette 148 New York – High paperbag waist and wide, ankle-length legs make this pair breathable. Zip fly with hook-and-bar closure. Front slant pockets; back welt pockets. Optional tie belt. Machine washable, line dry. $398.00

Right: Isabel Marant Inny Paperbag-waist Jeans – Beautifully detailed. Machine washable mid-weight cotton denim. Matching buckled belt. Side and back pockets. Button fastening. $740.00

Not Shown – Ronny Kobo Rinnah Snakeskin Print Pants $318.00 


Left: Karwayna Pants by Lovers + Friends – Graceful and pretty. Lined polyester.  Zipper fly with hook and eye closure. Paperbag waist with tie detail. Side seam pockets. $188.00

Center: Daybreak High Paperbag Waist Swing Pants by MinkPink – Cheerful. Zipper fly with hook-and-eye closure. Front slant pockets; back welt pockets. Linen/cotton. $89.00

Right: Yellow Paperbag-waist Wide Leg Pants by River Island – Impact! Woven polyester pants. Machine wash at gentle cycle. Concealed button, hook-and-eye and zipper fly fastening. $92.00


Left: Dark Denim Paperbag-waist Pants by River Island – Rather polished. D-ring tie belt. Side slip pockets. Machine washable cotton. $80.00

Center: TOPSHOP Rory Paperbag Waist Utility Trousers – Cool and stylish stretch khakis with zipper fly and button closure; tie waist. Machine washable lyocell/cotton/elastane. $79.00

Right: TOPSHOP Check Pants – Iconoclastic. Belted, paperbag waist, tapered legs. Side pockets; back welt pockets. Partially lined polyester, viscose, elastane. Machine washable. Sale $39.99

Not Shown – WAYF Randall Navy Plaid Paperbag-waist Pants $34.97 


Left:  Black Paperbag-waist Midi Pencil Skirt in Faux Leather – Strong silhouette. D-ring belt detail. Side pockets. Front split hem. Concealed zipper fly fastening. 100% Polyurethane- iron on reverse side. Also taupe. $84.00

Center: Grey Check Paperbag-waist Pants by River Island – Good officewear. Polyester/elastane/ viscose Jersey fabric.Check print.Tapered leg. Belted waist. Side slip pockets . $80.00

Right: Becca Wide Leg Pant by Superdown – Flattering color. Polyester pants. Zipper fly with hook and eye closure. Removable buckle belt. Side seam pockets. Pleated detail. $62.00 

The items featured in this article have been chosen by the editors of Woman Around Town simply because we like them and think you may, too. No advertising fees have been paid to Woman Around Town for this article.