Paperbag pants

Madewell drapey paperbag pants summer work outfit with linen tee and pink sandals — Cotton Cashmere Cat Hair
Grey linen tee summer work outfit with black paperbag pants — Cotton Cashmere Cat Hair
Everlane day crossover sandal in rose summer work outfit — Cotton Cashmere Cat Hair
Grey linen tee + black paperbag pants — Cotton Cashmere Cat Hair
Black paperbag pants summer work outfit with linen tee and sandals — Cotton Cashmere Cat Hair

Did the paperbag waist trend in garments disappear for a couple of years and then come back, or did it never really die down and I just didn’t pay attention? It seems like the paperbag waist trend was big a few years ago (around the time I started blogging) and then kind of died down and ramped back up again this year. I’m not mad about it; I tested the waters with an old Madewell skirt a few years ago but never really dove into the trend until this year, and I’ve seen so many pairs of paperbag shorts and pants crop up. I rounded up some of my favorite pairs of pants below. Not surprisingly, Madewell has been killing it in the paperbag waist department; the pants I’m wearing here are so easy to wear and perfect for work!

I think paperbag waist shorts/pants/skirts/whatever work really well with the bodysuit trend that’s also reemerged in recent years. I haven’t really given bodysuits a try, but I’m thinking I may dip my toes in that trend too and pick one up that I can pair with these pants, high-rise jeans, and skirts. The thought of not having to re-tuck my shirt every time I use the restroom sounds very appealing. ;) Plus, some tops bunch, and those don’t look quite right with paperbag pants. Have you tried bodysuits? Do you have a favorite? I’ve been watching to see if any of these by Everlane pop back. I think the black and white stripes would look particularly cute with these black pants, and it has a snap closure so it doesn’t require undressing myself completely!


OUTFIT DETAILS

Everlane tee / exact style or similar by J.Crew
Madewell pants / exact (similar styles below)
Everlane sandals / exact
Madewell earrings / old; similar from Nordstrom Rack
Le Specs sunglasses / exact style
Dior Addict Lip Glow in pink / exact

Summer palette

Blue and white summer color palette with gold sandals — Cotton Cashmere Cat Hair
Blue striped button-down shirt with white denim — Cotton Cashmere Cat Hair
Everlane kick crop jeans in bone summer work outfit — Cotton Cashmere Cat Hair
Blue stripes and white denim for summer — Cotton Cashmere Cat Hair
Blue stripes, white denim, gold sandals summer work outfit — Cotton Cashmere Cat Hair

Nothing screams “IT’S SUMMER!” to me quite like a blue and white outfit combination. It’s clean, it’s crisp, it’s classic…and it’s a favorite of mine! (The gold takes it up a notch.) I’ve worn this shirt with white denim before, but I’m a fan of the kick crop silhouette here. Even though I’m still a skinny jeans fan, the kick crop denim adds a bit more personality than just your standard skinny jeans. I’m happy I started exploring new denim silhouettes; I’m on the lookout for more to add to my wardrobe. Maybe a straight leg silhouette next? Do you have any favorites right now?

A fun outfit fact: I wore this outfit on what happened to be my colleague’s birthday, and we celebrated with some homemade pie in the office. I was planning to shoot this outfit later that evening. I managed to eat a slice of berry (!) pie with my hands while standing and holding it in a paper towel and did not get a single drop of berry on myself. I call that a WIN! Truly, I’m the worst at staining some part of my outfit, especially when I plan to shoot said outfit that day…haha. Usually the culprit is yogurt (been there, done that) or oil from salad dressing. I probably should have purchased a lottery ticket, but I didn’t want to push my luck too much! ;)


OUTFIT DETAILS

J.Crew shirt / old; similar by Aerie or Joe’s Jeans
Everlane jeans / exact (review here) or similar by Banana Republic
J.Crew Factory sandals / exact
ABLE earrings / exact
Le Specs sunglasses / exact style
Dior Addict Lip Glow in pink / exact

Cool front

Black on black casual summer weekend outfit — Cotton Cashmere Cat Hair
Black circle crossbody bag summer outfit — Cotton Cashmere Cat Hair
Casual summer weekend outfit with Earth Chestnut sandals — Cotton Cashmere Cat Hair
Black on black casual summer outfit — Cotton Cashmere Cat Hair
Everlane washed black denim casual summer outfit — Cotton Cashmere Cat Hair

The temperatures took a dip over the weekend, giving us our first taste of—dare I say it—fall. I decided to dress moody for the occasion: black, black, and more black (with a little hint of gold). I thought this was an original outfit, but it turns out I wore this top and denim combination back in May with a green utility jacket. Welp! Here’s even more proof that I’m an outfit repeater, haha. I’ve been struggling a little bit with outfits now that we’re into August, and it’s easy to fall back on simple basics.

I may have already talked about this, but I’m really glad I picked up this pair of washed black denim. I already had a solid black pair and didn’t consider adding a washed black pair because I figured I wouldn’t get any wear out of them. But it turns out that the washed black pair acts more like a very dark grey, and they add texture and dimension to all-black outfits like this one. I love the button-up fly, too. They’re keepers for sure! Everlane just released a blue denim version and I’m so tempted to order them. I’m looking for a pair of blue denim but with a blue that isn’t saturated…you know what I mean? I still kind of want to try them to see how blue they are in person; I love the raw hem!


OUTFIT DETAILS

Amour Vert tee / similar from JCPenney
Everlane jeans / exact (review here)
Earth sandals c/o / exact (on sale; also available from Nordstrom) (last seen here)
Kate Spade necklace / exact
Minnie + George bag / similar by Lucky Brand
Le Specs sunglasses / exact style
Dior Addict Lip Glow in pink / exact