In my apartment, clothes hang packed like sardines on garment racks so strained that a gentle push could knock one over. When I can’t find even a small opening to hang my newest purchases, I know a closet clean-out is overdue.

On the chopping block this season: pencil skirts. They’ve been pushed to the periphery by the various paperbag pants (like the Boden Melina Paperbag Pants featured in this post) that now dominate my closet.

I hold myself blameless, though. Paperbag pants are (for the most part) so much more comfortable, versatile, and unhampered compared to pencil skirts.

Boden Penelope Embroidered Top in Ivory & Navy Spot (size 2) || Boden Melina Paperbag Pants in Ivory (size 2P; also sold here) || ASOS DESIGN Lace Mac Skater in Pink (size Petite UK2) || Michael Kors Runway Gold-Tone Chronograph Watch || Kate Spade Emerson Place Vivenna Mini Crossbody (from this post) || Unbranded Shoes

On that note, I want to mention a Boden sale: until Thursday, full-price styles are 25% off with code 2N6L, including the Boden Melina Paperbag Pant (also sold at Nordstrom; wide leg version here), which runs small through the waist (size 2P measures 12″ at the waist, 17″ at the hip, and 35.5″ in length) so I would recommend ordering 1-2 sizes larger. The woven material drapes well, has a sleek finish, and isn’t wrinkle-prone (but it does require a good steam to fully unwrinkle out of the bag). $120 isn’t cheap for pants made of polyester, but these are pretty enough that I am willing to recommend them anyway.

Some more picks:

Happy shopping!

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