How To Perfect That Dress Over Pants Look
There's a reason why the street style scene loves the combo so much. See how to nail it for good with our super simple cheat sheet.| May 30, 2017
Now, the title of this post is a little bit of a “Hah, gotcha!” moment because the way we see it, there is no “right” way to go about the dress over pants look. If you think your favourite floral summer dress looks fine over your worn-to-death denims, then it looks fine. We’re not going to lay down any rules. But, if you have been trying to perfect the combo so favoured by our favourite street stylers and have encountered a hiccup or two, we’re here to help.
The first step is the hardest, yet ironically the simplest: you’ve just got to dare to do it, never mind the stares from people who are wondering why on earth you’ve got pants under your dress. Next, the dress. Again, we emphasise that we’re laying down no rules here, but button-down, lightweight, asymmetrical and slit dresses will make the layering easier and less bulky. You’ve made the effort to wear pants under the dress, don’t hide it. Dresses in lightweight materials such as satin or silk are easier to tuck into the pant, too.
Finally, the pants. The street style scene loves to pair dresses with straight-leg jeans, ever so slightly cuffed at the end to up the effortless factor. If you’d like a little more drama, try flare leg pants that swish and sway along with the hem of your dress. Think about how that’s going to look while you’re crossing the street. As for us, we like a little tone-on-tone action. Checks over checks, white over white, that sort of thing. See how Yoyo wore the look on her recent trip to Rome, then shop our edit of midi and maxi dresses that we guarantee will go easily over your favourite bottoms. Word of warning: you may soon be addicted to wearing all your dresses with pants. It is a slippery slope.
Exhibit Checked Button Down Midi Dress
Isa Arfen Tie-Front Striped Cotton-Blend Midi Dress
Attico Embellished Silk-Satin Maxi Dress
Magda Butrym Asymmetric Ruffled Silk-Crepe Midi Dress
Balenciaga Striped Stretch Jersey Halterneck Midi Dress
Jacquemus Shirred Cotton-Jacquard Mini Dress
Preen By Thornton Bregazzi Ruffled Fil Coupe Silk-Blend Dress
Jason Wu Lace-Up Asymmetric Cotton-Poplin Dress
Rosetta Getty Gingham Cotton Wrap Gown
Magda Butrym Crotchet-Trimmed Silk-Chiffon Dress
Monse Pique-Trimmed Striped Silk-Twill Top
Photos: YOYOKULALA.com, Net-a-Porter