4 Ways to Style Paper Bag Waist Shorts

The paper bag waist is still one of my favorite trends that have transitioned from spring into summer in the form of shorts! However, I know that there are many that do not share in this love. I’m finding that the pretties either love it or they hate it – there seems to be no middle ground. Yes, I know it can be an intimidating trend and for some, outside their comfort zone. But unless you flat out hate the style, I seriously think it’s worth a try. And then, if it never makes it past the dressing room, that’s fine because everything you add to your closet should be a heck yes!

Now if you’ve decided that the paper bag waist shorts will become a part of your summer rotation I’m here to help you with some fun styling ideas. Remember, it’s all about proportions. Since it’s typically fuller on the bottom, it’s better to wear a more form-fitting shirt. Below are four outfit formulas that can help you style this trend and who knows, may spark some inspiration of your own.

1. Denim Jacket + White Top + Olive Bottoms + Bright Shoes

Denim Jacket (similar) / White Top / Olive Paper Bag Waist Shorts (similar) / Bright Sandals (similar) / Hoop Earrings / Disk Necklace / Snake Print Bracelet / Straw Bag (similar)

I’m wearing everything linked above except for the straw bag and the shoes are from my closet but here’s a similar pair. Also, the white top is almost sold out so here is something similar.

2. Black Top + Olive Bottoms + Snake Print Shoes

Black Top (similar) / Olive Paper Bag Waist Shorts (similar) / Snake Print Shoes (similar) / Hoop Earrings / Snake Print Bracelet / Straw Bag (similar) / Tortoise Sunglasses

I’m wearing the items pictured above but I opted for a black tank top and you can find my straw bag here.

3. Printed Kimono + Bright Solid Top + Olive Bottoms + Neutral Shoes

Printed Kimono (similar) / Bright Top / Olive Paper Bag Waist Shorts (similar) / Neutral Shoes / Hoop Earrings / Layered Necklace / Straw Bag (similar)

I’m wearing everything listed above except my straw bag and here’s another fun kimono option!

4. Bright Striped Top + Olive Bottoms + Metallic Shoes

Striped Top / Olive Paper Bag Waist Shorts (similar) / Metallic Shoes / Disk Necklace / Crossbody Bag (similar) / Tortoise Sunglasses / Hat

I’m wearing all the links posted above except for the crossbody bag which is sold out but here is something similar and my fedora is from my closet but here is a similar one. There are also limited sizes available in the yellow striped shirt I’m wearing so here is another tank top option and a short sleeve option.

Below are some more options for paper bag waist shorts if you’re willing to give them a try!



Your turn! Have you tried paper bag waist shorts? What style formula is your favorite?


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