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The Paperbag Short

14 reviews
Original Price $79.00
Current Price $45.00
Color: black

A basic pair of shorts that isn't actually very basic. A super comfy pair of high-waisted shorts with a paper bag top. Wider leg openings for an a-line look, two deep pockets and an elasticized waist, these shorts are perfect for everything summer can throw at it.
TLDR: Subtle paper bag waist, drawstring, deep patch pockets and aline leg openings. The full pant version of The Paperbag Pants.
*Sale Rack Items are returnable for store credit only.

Sizing + Fit relaxed fit 

Sizing: fits true to size.
Fit: RELAXED FIT, fitted in the waist and hips relaxed around the leg openings.
On Model:
Kayla is wearing Earth in X-Large with a 43" bust, a 45" waist and 46" hips and is 5'10"
Trulee is wearing Blush in a Small with a 35" chest, 27" waist, 35" hips and is 6'1" 
Marielle is wearing Black in 3X with a 49" chest, 41" waist and 54" hips.

Fabric + Care: made in Canada 

Fabric: 66% Tencel, 28% Cotton 6% Lycra French Terry (OEKO-TEX 100 certified fabric dyes)  
Care: machine wash cold + lay flat to dry (always a good idea when it comes to all clothes, in our opinion)
Origin: Made in Canada, from fabric to finished garment.

More Details


  • Made to wear casually or lounging.
  • Perfect with any t-shirts, sweatshirts or tank tops.
  • Best when tops are tucked fully in.
  • Elevated enough that they look good dressed up.

General Tips:

  • Figure out your cost per wear before you buy anything (scroll to the bottom of the page to see the formula).
  • The amount you wear (wear and tear) something has more to do with its life span than time itself (i.e., a year's worth of wear in a few months, you might start to see wear quicker than a year).
  • Plan to wear it every day? If you can, get a backup (use the cost per wear formula to make sure it's a good buy for your lifestyle).
Shipping + Returns

We make every effort to process your order within 24 hours; however, orders placed over weekends or holidays may take a little longer. Once your order is processed, you will receive an order confirmation followed by a shipping confirmation. We offer free shipping on CAD orders over $100 and USD orders over $125.
Please note that shipping does not include duties and taxes as these prices vary by country for international and US orders.


Returns are easy through our return portal. We offer store credit or refund for returns (sale items are store credit only). If you are in Canada, you can choose to use our discounted return label – you can choose this option when submitting in our return portal.

Offset Shipping Emissions

We offset all emissions caused by shipping by planting and protecting trees in the rainforest. Read more about this on our details page.

Plastic Free Packaging

We don’t ship in individual plastic bags, and we only use recyclable paper and compostable mailers for shipping.

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I recommend this product

Versatile, comfortable, and flattering!

The quality of these shorts is fantastic. They're very soft and breathable, and I love the way they look too! They're definitely the kind of shorts that can be dressed up or down, as the description says. I ordered the earth colour in size small, and the fit is excellent (for reference, I'm 5'7"/170cm tall with 38"/96.5cm hips and 28"/71cm waist). The only minor imperfection I can point out is the length, but that is entirely due to my own personal preference, as I wish the shorts were just a tad bit longer. That's basically just me nitpicking though--these shorts fully deserve their 5 stars! This is my first purchase with Franc, and I'm more than pleased with it (to the point where I may be buying a second pair)! I'm happy to buy from an ethical company that makes such great quality clothing.

Canada Canada

Cute shorts

Very cute, but I need to order the smaller size.

Emily E.
United States United States

Perfect mix of comfy and stylish

Cute and comfy! Beautiful fabric. Definitely a proper “sweats” feel, but with a beautifully tailored style. The paper bag top flares out a bit more than I was expecting, but that’s fine. I’m 5’6 and 110 lbs and I got the small. Perfect fit for me!

Kayla H.
Canada Canada

So comfy I bought 2!

Comfy and great fit!

Isabelle D.
Canada Canada
I recommend this product

Love the pockets!

In my sleep-deprived, post-partum haze I accidently ordered XS instead of M so when I first wore them I was surprised how small the M fit but I think that goes to show that even a pair that is definitely too small is still quite comfortable so I imagine a pair that is the right size is even better!!

Canada Canada
I recommend this product

Super comfy and cute!

These shorts are so comfy and cute, definitely a summer staple. I love the paper bag cut and the pockets aren’t too shallow which is great. I’m glad I ordered two pairs because they go with everything!

Elaine C.
Canada Canada


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Cost Per Wear For One Month

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Cost Per Wear For One Year

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Cost Per Wear For One Month

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Cost Per Wear For One Year

Cost per wear for one month ÷ How many months in a year you’ll wear it = cost per wear for a single year.