9 Pairs of Post-lockdown Paperbag Pants to Wear to Keep Comfy in Style

Plus, how to wear them.
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If you’re looking for an alternative to sweat pants and skinny jeans to add to your post-lockdown wardrobe, paperbag pants could be the perfect choice.

While we’re excited to slip out of our loungewear and into something more glamorous, we don’t want to ditch our comfy clothes. Perhaps that’s why Gen Z have been giving us millennials such stick about skinny jeans, branding them ‘dated’ and out of style. The rise of slouchy denim proves we’re looking for more from our clothes in 2021.

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According to Lyst, searches for paperbag pants have risen by 21% since March and we predict the interest in them will continue to grow.

What are paperbag pants?

They’re called paperbag pants because of how they look — wide at the bottom and cinched at the top.

Think of them as an upgraded version of the sweatpants. They still give you the comfort you’ve now been used to, but they can be dressed up with a pair of heels or down with some boots or loafers.

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Are paperbag trousers flattering?

One of the keys to pulling off anything is finding the right piece for you. It’s all about how the garment lays on your body. So the quick answer is yes, but make sure you find the one that works best for you and what you’re most comfortable with!

The style is flattering on pretty much everyone due to the cinched waist and wide legs, which together give an hourglass shape. Kendall Jenner and Rosie Huntington-Whiteley are fans too.

How to style paperbag pants

If we were to follow old fashion rules, we’d recommend wearing something tight-fitting on top to balance out the wide shape of paperbag trousers.

Brie Larson seems to be a fan of this take. The actress recently posed with paperbag pants, teamed not just a body-hugging top but a Bridgerton-style corset

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However the only rules we follow around here is to ensure whatever you wear makes you feel comfortable and confident, so wear them how you choose.

Want to pair your pants with something loose or flowy? Go right ahead. Take some inspiration from fashion buyer Tiffany Hsu, who paired her pink paperbag pants with an ethereal tulle top with extra, extra big sleeves, or keep it sleek and clean with a camisole and a blazer on top.

When it comes to the pants, luxury brands 3.1 Philip Lim, Alice + Olivia and DKNY are just a handful of brands offering tailored trousers, while they’re popular on the high street too.

If you want to update your wardrobe not just for the new season but also in celebration of lockdown being lifted, I found some really good ones. From Zara to COS, here are 9 of the best paperbag pants you can buy now.

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Zara Baggy Paperbag Trousers

Baggy Paperbag Trousers, £27.99, Zara – buy now

Cream paperbag trousers from H&M

Paperbag Trousers, now £15, H&M – buy now

High-waisted Paperbag Trousers, £69, COS

High-waisted Paperbag Trousers, £69, COS – buy now

Notion Drawstring Trousers, £69, Ghospell

Notion Drawstring Trousers, now £55, Ghospell – buy now

Relaxed Paperbag Waist Trousers, £75, & Other Stories

Relaxed Paperbag Waist Trousers, £75, & Other Stories – buy now

Check Paperbag Wide Leg Trouser, £89, Palones

Check Paperbag Wide Leg Trouser, £89, Palones – buy now

PU Paperbag Trousers In brown, £29.99, Stradivarius at ASOS

PU Paperbag Trousers, now £19.45, Stradivarius at ASOS – buy now

Paperbag Waist Jeans, £40, Monki

Paperbag Waist Jeans, now £20, Monki – buy now