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Turning Heads Linkup – Santa Brought Me Paper Bag Faux Leather Trousers


Hi friends!

The first Turning Heads Tuesday linkup of 2020! Thank you for being here.

I don’t have Spanx leggings. They look great and I love the leather look, I just don’t like any kind of compression on my stomach. When I saw these paper bag waist faux leather trousers ( boy, that’s a mouthful!) I loved the look and sent Santa the link πŸ™‚

You might think Santa hubby would know my taste after 20 years together, but in defense, my taste has changed throughout the years. I do love trying new things and thought these looked relaxed, yet very stylish. Doesn’t the saying go ” New Year, New You, New Clothes?” πŸ™‚

My Outfit

Yes, I have been doing much of my shopping for clothes on Mango, and thrifting on Poshmark this year.Β  I have always liked the look of paper bag waist pants and have a pair of linen olive ones I wear in the summer. These just called out to me. I have a habit of looking at something multiple times and usually, that means it is something I want to style or could see it in my closet.

I am wearing a size XS in the pants here and they are very comfortable. With the higher waist and the paper bag style, you have to wear a close-fitting top or sweater to create a slim, streamlined silhouette. Unless you are wearing a cropped top or sweater, you have to tuck in the top, so you don’t want bulk there. I picked the pea-green blouse I’ve had for years from Banana Republic, and love the combination with black.

I received some sweaters this year for Christmas and would wear a few of them with the pants, as long as they are a light knit. A chunky knit wouldn’t look best with these pants as you may have to tuck it in, again creating too much fullness or material at waist/stomach area. Opt for a blouse or a light knit for these Winter months to wear with these fashionable pants.

I went through some trial and error when it came to buying black pumps. I wanted a pointed toe pair with block heels. I first bought several sizes of Marc Fisher Zala pumps ( 8,8.5) and no matter what I bought they were too long. I loved the style but returned those. I then went on Amazon and found these Marc Fisher Claire pumps, 2.34 in heels for more than 50% off the other pair. Sold! I will add some cushioning in as insoles and they will be good, and for under $50, ( ON SALE NOW )are quite pretty.

Not quite sure why I don’t pay attention to dimensions on websites. I bought these gold hoop earrings on Mango’s sale, and do really like them, even though they are larger than I thought. I just love the classic style of a gold hoop.

New Year- New Decade.

I mentioned on my 2020 Goals post, that I joined the gym I used to go to before I got sick. Now, I qualified for “Silver and Fit” and BCBS pays for the gym! I pay $15 for the year, and I am ready to try some pool classes and machines. Besides my doctor’s appt today, this week I will try and use the pool. It should be fun! ( as long as its warm!)

Readers, I want to hear from you, once I create my survey for EDS blog, I’d love to know some of the content you prefer on the blog. More about you. all that good stuff!

Let’s make 2020 a great year! Come on! Oprah said so! πŸ™‚ Did you hear about her Vision Tour? It’s so important to live the life you want! I want to help you create a closet that you love and enjoy. Deciding what to wear can be fun and shouldn’t be stressful, so I’ll be sharing some ways I style key pieces this year, among other things. I also love to write about health, fitness, and beauty in addition to fashion.

My coat from Mango 2 years ago. I love the teal blue color and its just the right weight for NC Winters.

See, I need to get a top like this for next yrs New Years to wear with my pants!


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  • Reply
    September 14, 2020 at 2:07 pm

    Gorgeous pics and so classy. That black leather with your amazing red hair, wow !!!

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    Lisa D.
    January 9, 2020 at 9:26 am

    I like the paper bag pants. I love how these do not have a big tie belt on them. I have a cotton pair for summer and the belt just feels like it sticks out too far when tied. You are rocking the leather look!

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      Jess Jannenga
      January 9, 2020 at 9:31 am

      Hi Lisa!
      Happy New Year. Yes, I like that too about them. I have a pair for summer with the belt, like you.

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    January 9, 2020 at 9:01 am

    These leather pants are gorgeous! I need them immediately!

    xx, Elise

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    January 9, 2020 at 1:22 am

    I absolutely love this dear! The pants and coat really look good together.

    Jessica | notjessfashion.com

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    January 9, 2020 at 12:12 am

    I’m into this style now because of your beautiful pictures! thanks for showing us!

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      Jess Jannenga
      January 9, 2020 at 9:32 am

      Thank you Elizabeth! It has been fun trying different styles!

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    Cheryl Maday
    January 8, 2020 at 11:31 pm

    Love your leather pantsβ€”I recently got a pair of faux-leather joggers and I agree, they’re far superior to leather leggings! Happy new year, friend!
    Cheryl Shops | http://www.cherylshops.net

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    January 8, 2020 at 9:47 pm

    These trousers look amazing on you Jess! It’s fun and unique. Most of all, I love how classy it looks. Swimming will be fun and relaxing! So glad you are able to get back to it. It’s one of my favorite activities! I hope your first week of the New Year is going well so far and happy Wednesday!

    Maureen | http://www.littlemisscasual.com

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    Michelle Churchman
    January 8, 2020 at 1:35 pm

    Jess, another gorgeous outfit! I love that shade of green on you. What a great deal on the shoes!

    And that is awesome of BCBS to cover most of your gym membership. I hope you are able return, find it beneficial, and enjoy it. The gym was always a challenge for me, because I resented the time it took away from chores / creativity, but I went in fits and starts. Then exercise started wiping me out for days on end due to the fibromyalgia, so I couldn’t go without truly causing myself harm. And now I resent not having the choice to go! LOL! But I’m working on it.


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    January 8, 2020 at 8:49 am

    I love the teal color of your coat. It is unexpected but such a beautiful color!

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    Hilda Smith
    January 8, 2020 at 3:39 am

    I love those pants but they do not look so good on me. My waist looks like it is somewhere near my chin…

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    January 8, 2020 at 1:37 am

    I’ve been looking at these faux pants for some time but I don’t think they would look as great on me as they do on you! They are super cute and the heels are just right.
    I hope your new year is off to a good start. As you (and Oprah!) say, let’s live the life we want this year!

    xx Darlene

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    Laura Bambrick
    January 7, 2020 at 10:28 pm

    Those pants are such a cute option for leather pants! They look fantastic on you! Hope you are having a great week!

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    Linda Cassidy
    January 7, 2020 at 8:33 pm

    you wear those pants so well. I wish I had your long lean look. Great outfit Jess

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    January 7, 2020 at 7:49 pm

    Happy New Decade!! You wear the pants so well and I did not know that Santa was accepting links. I gotta get it together before next holiday (LOL)

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    January 7, 2020 at 7:13 pm

    Santa did good! Fabulous pants, they look really good quality. I love the teal coat with the green top!

    Emma xxx

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    January 7, 2020 at 4:21 pm

    What an amazing outfit Jess. And I love the idea to help out Santa that way, LOL

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    Meagan Brandon
    January 7, 2020 at 3:03 pm

    Ok, I LOVE these pants! I may need to grab them for myself. Santa did a great job gifting πŸ˜‰


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    Midlife and Beyond
    January 7, 2020 at 2:48 pm

    I love this style of trousers on you Jess, they really suit you and the fitted coat is perfect. Mango is one of my favourite
    brands they always have something in their new stock to tempt me. Alison xx

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      Jess Jannenga
      January 7, 2020 at 5:31 pm

      Hi Alison! Thank you! I liked the combination of the pea green top and the teal coat. Yes, Mango has great clothes!

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    Robin LaMonte
    January 7, 2020 at 2:31 pm


    You look wonderful in the paper bag faux leather pants.
    Me, not so much! I thought I would like them but being short waisted they didn’t look good on me.
    You are so blessed with being tall and thin!

    Happy New Year!

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    Carrie @ Curly Crafty Mom
    January 7, 2020 at 1:30 pm

    I have the Spanx faux leather leggings and yes, the compression on the stomach is something you kinda have to get used to… it’s not just high waisted, but actual compression! Especially if it is after the holidays and you’ve enjoyed too many cookies and sugar lately! Lol! I LOVE your alternative, these faux leather paper bag pants are SO sleek and stylish! I love the fitted shirt AND that coat with them!


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    January 7, 2020 at 12:31 pm

    Yay Santa! Those are soooooo cute! I’m obsessed! I don’t wear pants often but I would most definitely wear these. Perhaps with a frilly lace top and tweed jacket πŸ˜‰


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    Lisa Richardson
    January 7, 2020 at 9:49 am

    You have the perfect body for paper bag pants Jess!!! These look fantastic on you and gooo Santa! Happy New Year! XO

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    Nicole of High Latitude Style
    January 7, 2020 at 9:49 am

    Happy New Year, Jess. Thanks for hosting this party. These paper bag faux leather pants look really like real leather. They look well made according to your photos. Love how you styled them. Thanks for sharing.

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    January 7, 2020 at 9:40 am

    Jess, these pants are fabulous! You look amazing. And I am loving the olive green and teal combination. Your coat is gorgeous.


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    January 7, 2020 at 9:39 am

    Such a great look, loving the black pants paired with the olive top!
    Ellibelle’s Corner

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    Amy Johnson
    January 7, 2020 at 9:10 am

    Such a unique pair of pants. I’ve never seen a paper bag pant in faux leather before. Lucky you.

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    January 7, 2020 at 8:55 am

    Santa did a great job! Those trousers are fabulous and look so chic on you!

    Jill – Doused in Pink

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    Anna Shirley
    January 7, 2020 at 8:13 am

    Santa knows you perfectly! They look great on you.

    Jess, I wish you and your family happy and successful New Year 2020.


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    Andrea Nine
    January 7, 2020 at 7:21 am

    Ooooh Santa knows you, you beauty!! LOVE!! Cheers to 2020 gorgeous friend!

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    January 7, 2020 at 7:09 am

    What fun pants – you wear them so well and it was nice of hubby to get them for you! I really like that coat on you too! πŸ™‚

    Hope that your week is off to a good start! My first week back at work after the Christmas holidays so it is a busy one here! Thanks for the link up!

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      Jess Jannenga
      January 7, 2020 at 2:48 pm

      Hi Mica, thank you! I loved the color of the coat and bought it a few years ago on Mango. Only thing is the pilling that drives me crazy! The pans are great. thx

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    Paula Holloway
    January 7, 2020 at 6:57 am

    Jess, you ALWAYS get it right with color and style. I’m going to have to start sending Santa my links too. πŸ˜‰

    Hugs & Happiness all year long Beautiful,


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      Jess Jannenga
      January 7, 2020 at 2:53 pm

      w, thank you so much Paula! I certainly try! I sent Santa a few and he listened πŸ™‚ Santa also gave me some cherished pictures of my pups I will share on the blog, we already hung them!
      Have a Blessed year too Paula!

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    Nancys Fashion Style (@nancybaten1)
    January 7, 2020 at 5:51 am

    When I saw the title knew I would love the trousers! Do I ever not like your outfits? And those loops are my favorite to wear!

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      Jess Jannenga
      January 7, 2020 at 5:34 pm

      Hi Nancy! I am quite picky with what I wear, but have been loving this style when I see it on people. So glad you like it!

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    January 7, 2020 at 5:21 am

    Happy New Year Jess. Santa has great taste , the pants are great and look so good on you. I can see you will have fun styling these, Well done on re joining the gym, that is such a good deal. Many thanks for hosting.

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    January 7, 2020 at 5:10 am

    Santa did a great job! I love this style on you and how you styled them. Yes, you need a sequin, one shoulder top for next NYE! Great find on the shoes too. I am so glad you are able to get back to the gym and what a deal! I still need to try Mango, I love all the pieces you get from them!

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    January 7, 2020 at 3:38 am

    Happy New Year, Jess! Looking as fabulous as always!

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    Vanity And Me Style
    January 7, 2020 at 3:13 am

    I’ve been eyeing these up too Jess. I think they look great on but I’m wondering if they would suit my short frame because the trouser legs are wider than I normally wear. Mango is one of my favourite brands too! xx

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      Jess Jannenga
      January 7, 2020 at 5:33 pm

      Hi Laurie! I say, try them on! At least you can see how they look. They are fun to wear and quite comfortable. I am impressed with the thickness and quality.

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    January 7, 2020 at 2:51 am

    I’ve seen this style and wasn’t sure about them, but seeing them on you I quite like them now! Thanks for showing us. x Jacqui x

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      Jess Jannenga
      January 7, 2020 at 5:32 pm

      Hi Jacqui! thank you ! I always liked this style and I really wanted them to work. So I am happy I did! They will be fun to change up

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