I’m not a pants person. While I love and own an assortment of bottoms, from rigid jeans to kicky culottes and tailored trousers, they require so much more effort than my midi dresses and skirts. With fuller thighs and muscular calves, I struggle to find fits that are both comfortable and flattering, but I keep trying (though when a pants mood strikes, the process is generally a frustrating 15 or so minutes of me trying on options before I give up and default to a dress or skirt). While this is a year-round dilemma, the Summer is even harder for me — once heat is a factor, pants feel like a suffocating straitjacket for my legs, which is why I abandon them altogether to avoid such discomfort. Who can relate?
Well, my anti-pants stance is officially over! This girl has found herself a comfortable, breathable, and affordable pair of pants that are universally flattering and versatile to boot: the POPSUGAR Wide-Leg Paper Bag Pants ($35, originally $50). In a maritime-blue hue, this high-waist silhouette feels as pleasant as a glass of Rosé on a balcony overlooking Lake Como (OK, not the most relatable comparison, but you get my drift, yes? They’re really delightful!).
Featuring a cropped silhouette and roomy wide leg, the pants have a fun and swingy fit to them but with a still-tailored look that’s perfect for the office (though they can easily be dressed down with tees and tanks on the weekend). And cut from a cotton blend fabric that feels like linen, they’re super breathable, which means I won’t be on the verge of spontaneous combustion when the weather soars over 80 degrees. Add in the fact that they come with a cute self-tie belt that cinches in at the waist, and, well, I’m pretty much wondering if I dare consider myself a pants person at this point.
Ahead, see how I styled these comfortable pants for a day at the office (which perfectly transitioned to drinks after hours). Then, shop my entire look, including the $35 style, which, I guarantee, will sell out fast. So jump on it!