This is definitely not a go-to look for me. I go back and forth between wanting to really define my personal style and stick with it while also wanting to go for something new and trendy on occasion. This outfit falls into the latter category for me.
I don’t think there’s anything wrong with trying something different. In fact, I encourage it! I believe it does help you determine your own personal style. You’ll never know what works until you know what doesn’t. And it’s just fun to try something new! Especially if you think you’re in a bit of a style rut.
When it comes to trying something different my struggle is feeling comfortable. There’s a reason I have my go-to looks. I know I can count on them and they just make me feel like “me”. I never want to feel like I’m trying too hard because then I fear it looks like I’m trying too hard and I spend the rest of the day worrying about my outfit.
But in this case, I felt comfortable enough to commit to the look. Paper bag pants are a big trend right now and I love that they are high waisted. These days I refuse to buy any new pants that aren’t high waisted. They’re so much more comfortable and give you so many more options when it comes to tops.
I’m not used to pants that are this loose in the thigh area, so at first, I didn’t know what to think about these. They are definitely comfortable, but my biggest concern is keeping them from looking too baggy or sloppy.
It turns out, balancing the relaxed fit of the pants with a slightly oversized sweater actually worked well to streamline the entire look. Doesn’t seem all that logical, but it worked for me!
I’m not sure I’ll be running out to buy a ton more paper bag-style pants, but I am glad to have one workable pair.
The moral to the story (if there is a moral…) take risks and try things new, but not at the expense of your own personal comfort. Just because a style looks amazing on someone else doesn’t mean it’s right for you. And don’t feel pressured to buy into every single trend just because you are seeing it all over Instagram.
You do you.
What do you think about trends versus a personal style? Do you experiment? Let me know in the comments below!
Photos by Marc Fowler
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