How to Style Paperbag Shorts

Paper bag shorts have taken the fashion world by storm and for good reason. These trendy, comfortable, and versatile shorts are perfect for any occasion. What I love most about paper bag shorts is their cinched waist and built in tie, which gives them a unique look that adds structure and interest to your midsection. The looser fit of these shorts also makes them comfortable around the thighs. With the right styling tips, paper bag shorts can instantly elevate your outfits, which makes them a must have item in any wardrobe. Whether you’re dressing them up for a night out or dressing them down for a casual day out, paper bag shorts are a fashion staple that can be worn all year round. So today, I am sharing a round up of ways you can style paper bag shorts and take your fashion game to the next level.

How To Style Paper Bag Shorts

Keep Your Top Tucked

Because paperbag shorts are often high waisted, keeping your top tucked in will accentuate your waistline and will be more flattering. A fitted top, crop top, or bodysuit is a great top option when you’re wearing paperboy shorts because of their looser fit. Check out my full post on bodysuits here.

Pair with Occassion – Appropriate Shoes

Paper bag shorts are one that can be styled casually or dressed up for date night. You can easily style casually with slides, sneakers or flat sandals. Also, try dressing them up with a boot or strappy sandal.

Play with Patterns and Textures

Striped paper bag shorts set, floral paper bag shorts set and lace or eyelet are great options when selecting patterns and textures with paper bag shorts. Additionally, the best part is you can separate these pieces and mix and match them all season long.

How to Tie Paper bag Shorts

Cinch the waist before you tie to make the look more flattering then simply tie a loop knot for a more minimal look or a bow for a more feminine outfit. Because of the looser fit of paper bag waist, cinching the waist creates a more flattering look. Also, try wearing a crop top to add a more flattering touch to your look.

12 Paper Bag Shorts Outfit Ideas

Linen Paper Bag Short Outfits

Linen paper bag shorts are the perfect summer staple that can be styled in so many different ways. I can definitely see them becoming you’re go-to shorts this summer. Pair them with a striped button down blouse or a classic white tee for a relaxed, yet stylish look. Add sneakers or flat sandals to keep the look casual. The paper bag waist adds a touch of sophistication that elevates the outfit, making it perfect for casual outings or even more formal events when dressed up with some statement jewelry and heeled sandals. Then, add a tote bag and sunglasses for a complete and effortless summer look.

Also, for more ways to style linen shorts outfit ideas, check out my linen dressy shorts outfits post here.

How to Style Paper Bag Shorts

Reformation Linen Paperbag Shorts

Beach Vacation Paper bag Shorts Outfits | Striped Paper bag Shorts + Eyelet Paper bag Shorts

Paper bag shorts come in a variety of styles that are perfect for spring and summer. For a beach vacation, paper bag shorts are the perfect item to pack. Pair your denim shorts with a cute puff sleeve crop top and some flat sandals for a casual beach day look. Striped paper bag shorts add a touch of fun to any outfit, and can be dressed up with a matching long sleeve top and sandals for a casual fun look. For a more feminine touch, white eyelet paper bag shorts are perfect for a summer day out with a flowy matching top and some sandals. Then, accessorize with a chic bag and statement earrings to complete the look.

Vacation Paper Bag Shorts outfit

Striped Paper bag Outfit | Eyelet Paper bag Outfit | Crop & Denim Short Outfit

Casual Paperbag Shorts Outfits | Green Paperbag Shorts + Black Paperbag Shorts

Casual paper bag shorts outfits are perfect for everyday wear. Style them with a puff sleeve top and some flat sandals for a comfortable yet chic look. Green paper bag shorts add a pop of color to any outfit, and can be dressed up with a classic white tee and some sandals for a more put together look. Black faux leather paper bag shorts are a great option for a night out, pair them with a blouse and some heels to dress them up or keep it casual with a graphic tee and sneakers for a more relaxed vibe.

Also, if you are looking for more chic leather shorts outfit ideas for spring, check out my blog post here.

How to Style Paper Bag Shorts

Better Than Leather Paper Bag Shorts | Green Paper Bag Twill Shorts | White Tweed Shorts

Date Night Paper Bag Shorts Outfits | White Paper bag Shorts, Black Paper bag Shorts | Denim Paper bag Shorts

Date night paper bag shorts outfits are perfect for a flirty and fun look. Pair white paper bag shorts with a classic black tank and some strappy heels for a romantic vibe. You can dress up black paper bag shorts with a blouse and some statement jewelry for a more sophisticated look. Denim high waisted shorts are a great option for a more casual date night. Try pairing your denim shorts with a button down blouse and classy nude heels for a stylish yet relaxed look. Accessorize with a clutch and some earrings to add the finishing touches to your outfit.

Also, if you are looking for the best high waisted shorts for spring and summer, check out my blog post here where I share my favorite denim shorts.

date night paper bag shorts outfits

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Shop My Favorite Paperbag Shorts

Sharing some of my favorite paper bag shorts below.

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