If I’ve said it once, I’ve said it a thousand times: I love a good outfit repeat. Whether it’s a head-to-toe look or a single piece worn multiple ways, the more wear, the better, in my opinion. My recent repeats include a pretty puff-sleeve dress, a black jumpsuit, and a printed slip skirt styled in various ways for the cold. Now that it’s January and we’re past the holiday hoopla, I’m moving on to some of the latest 2020 trends, starting with the utilitarian look by way of these Utility Paperbag Pants ($50) from the POPSUGAR collection at Kohl’s.
First fact: they’re incredibly flattering. With a high-rise paperbag waist and self-tie belt, they’re perfectly cinchable with any sort of top tucked in. Second fact: they’re super soft and lightweight — quite ideal for caressing one’s own leg/transitioning seasons. Third fact: the utilitarian factor is subtle, but sleek; two patch pockets sit right under the waist while a single cargo pocket lines the right leg. Fourth and final fact: they come in two utilitarian-esque colors — a fawn-like khaki and jet black — plus a floral print when the mood skews more feminine.
With such winning attributes, I put myself up to the challenge of styling these modern cargos three different ways. And not only that, I leveled up the challenge by doing so with basics, vintage, and thrifted pieces I already had in my wardrobe (after a major decluttering and reorganization of my apartment ahead of the new year, I’m so excited to “shop” my closet and give love to more pieces I already own!).
Witness my easy-to-replicate combos that feature the $50 POPSUGAR Utility Paperbag Pants from the January collection ahead, starting with a Pernille Teisbaek-inspired look I’ve been dying to try since she posted the #OOTD five days ago. Not only can you then shop each of my looks head to toe, but also I included similar versions of the pieces I wore from online resale shops and affordable retailers. My 2020 outfit mantra? Style, wear, repeat.