The paper bag waist pant has been a runway favorite for the last couple of seasons. It’s a menswear inspired, high-waisted pant, with gathered fabric coming out above a cinched belt. The resulting look is carefree sophistication that speaks for itself.
Designers as varied as Zimmerman, known for a resort look, to Vivienne Westwood, the woman who defined punk and new wave style, have embraced the paperbag waist this spring. Westwood’s version, she calls the “Kung Fu Pant."
The paperbag waist pant isn’t just appearing on runways, it’s made it into mainstream fashion as well. Even The Gap is selling paperbag jeans this spring. However, unlike The Gap, which has been called out for use of child labor in the past, Ethos Collection’s Carly Chambray Pants are made in India by Mandala Apparels – a sustainable and ethical company that is accountable and transparent with its supply chain.
The question is, how do you wear a paperbag-waist pant without looking like an actual paper bag? It’s not an ideal style for women who wear their weight around their midsection, because it will draw attention to the hips and stomach. But on the right body type, the ruffled waistline is balanced by the elongating effect of the pant legs. Paired with a cropped or fitted top, and tucked in to show the waistline detail, the look is polished yet easy.
The Carly Chambray Pants are lightweight and soft, making them versatile enough to wear with something like the Sophia Poplin for work, or with the Imogen Top for a dinner with friends. For a Saturday morning trip to the farmer’s market or a vineyard trip with friends, try pairing them with white sneakers, a grey t-shirt and the Tadesse Bucket Bag.