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What I Wore: Paperbag Waist Pants

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It's hot out, what to wear when you're not feeling shorts or dresses? Lightweight wide-leg pants are my jam for easy summer dressing. No chub rub, coverage, but still able to catch a breeze. In a print, wide-leg pants hide creases, sweat, and are an optical illusion cor curves. I found these paperbag waist pants at Nordstrom for a very sweet price (on sale for less than $40) and they've been great for hot and humid days.

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Pants: BP. (L; these go up to XL, plus-size alternative) | Top: Ponte Bralette c/o cabi (L; plus-size alternative) Shoes: Aerosoles | Earrings: Etsy | Sunglasses: Ray-Ban | Bracelets: a real mix from over the years, some from Nordstrom sales, some from cabi, one from Rebecca Minkoff, one from Metal Marvels… | Lipstick: L'Oreal Matte-Traction Red with Fenty Beauty Gloss Bomb over it

When I visited cabi for cabi Blogger Day, I saw several of their staff wearing this ponte bralette. They wore it over button-front shirts, tees, dresses, under jackets, and more. I hadn't looked twice at the piece before seeing it on them. Cabi offered to send me an outfit since a lot of what they've sent me in the past no longer fits and I asked for this bralette. Since it's double-layered ponte knit, it's more structured than a regular tank. It has adjustable straps and hits right at my belly button. The straps are wide enough that I can wear it with my black bra with thinner straps and not have it show.

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With such full pants especially with a paperbag waist, I needed a top that was fitted in the bodice. I wore these pants earlier in the week with this cropped wrap top from ELOQUII which has voluminous sleeves but also a fitted bodice. Since the pants have a higher rise and a full waistband, it's the kind of pant that works well with a tight tank or even a bodysuit.  With a smoother waistband, full-leg pants look great with a shirt knotted at the waist; the goal when styling wide-leg pants is to have balance.  A slim top or at least something that pulls in at the middle and creates the effect of a waist is the way to go.

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If you follow me on Instagram Stories you may have seen that Urban Decay sent me three of their Vice Lipsticks from their Born to Run collection. I am obsessed with 66, a mauvy neutral that is a great everyday color. Ready? looked as though it would be a fun dark berry red with plenty of shimmer but on… it was very '80s pink and not in a good way. I was planning to wear it with this look and was disappointed. So I went to my go-to, this warm red from L'Oreal that has been a favorite for over a year (it used to be called Eva's Red but my friend Sarah notified me that they changed the name). With a bit of Gloss Bomb over it, the color achieved my goal of a bold light-catching lip to finish the outfit!

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  1. You look great in this outfit! I need these pants. Lots of them. I love how dresses look but I’m always chilly indoors and eaten by mosquitoes outdoors. Last summer I told myself not to buy any more summer dresses, because they end up sitting in the closet.

  2. You look as cool as a tall glass of icy lemonade. Great idea when I don’t want to wear shorts (which is most of the time).

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