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The Star Early Edition - - LIFESTYLE VERVE -

WHAT do pa­per bags have to do with fash­ion? The pa­per bag waist refers to pants, skirts and shorts that are tied with a rib­bon or draw­string to form a pa­per bag ruf­fle at the waist.

This prob­a­bly sounds odd and unattrac­tive but worn cor­rectly it looks rather chic.

The pants, which are usu­ally uni­sex, were part of lo­cal de­signer Jenevieve Lyons SS/17 col­lec­tion that she pre­sented in SA Menswear Week last year, which of­fers a re­laxed and com­fort­able al­ter­na­tive to a more struc­tured and fit­ted trousers or jeans.

You might re­mem­ber in 2015, model Chrissy Teigen wore a black baggy pa­per bag trousers with a bot­tle green sexy lace top which com­fort­ably hid her tiny baby bump.

Since then they have shown up on the in­ter­na­tional and lo­cal cat­walks dur­ing the 2016 fash­ion weeks.

Stella McCart­ney fea­tured the pa­per bag pants in her 2017 Spring ready-to-wear col­lec­tion and it has since been spot­ted on celebs and diehard fash­ion en­thu­si­asts in va­ri­ety of ways.

Kim Kar­dashian, who’s known for her fash­ion for­ward style, showed off her curves in a camo print pants and tight white crop top.

Style icon and ac­tress Si­enna Miller was seen wear­ing dirty pink pa­per bag pants with a sim­ple fit­ted top and plat­form san­dals.

Sis­ters Kylie and Ken­dall Jen­ner’s cloth­ing col­lec­tion, Ken­dall+Kylie, fea­tures these baggy pants in a more re­laxed style.

The most ap­peal­ing fea­ture about these pants or skirt is how it em­pha­sises your waist in a far more com­fort­able way than high-waisted jeans or pants.

The pa­per bag trend cre­ates the il­lu­sion of a tiny waist and the much de­sired hour­glass fig­ure.

Also the fab­ric is draped loosely around the waist and hip area which means it doesn’t hug the body parts which many women tend to be a bit un­com­fort­able show­ing off. As in the case with Teigen, it can hide a baby bump.

Another bonus point for these com­fort­able trousers is they have an an­drog­y­nous look.

Which means you can ei­ther wear them soft and fem­i­nine or fierce.

They are great for a ca­sual day out or dressed up for the of­fice or for evenings. So no mat­ter what your body shape, style pref­er­ence or oc­ca­sion, this trend can work for any­one. Its ver­sa­til­ity is what makes for a great cloth­ing item.

The pa­per bag style will not re­place your wardrobe sta­ple like skinny jeans or a clas­sic tai­lored trousers, but it will make for a trendy ad­di­tion.

AC­CEN­TU­AT­ING: A pa­per bag waist pants worn with a loose-fit­ting shirt.

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