Gabriela Herstik
January 30, 2017 5:51 pm

It’s the anti-fashion, fashion rule. The weirder it is, the more fun it is to wear. After all, if you have to get dressed everyday, why not make it as exciting as possible? Whether you need some extra confidence or just want to stay extra warm, there’s always a tried and true style there for you to rely on. But this season, we’re challenging you to try something different — something that may remind you of middle school (but we promise it’s much cooler) — dresses over pants.

Yes, you read that right. This trend is back, and it’s back with a vengeance. Do tights make you sick to your stomach, literally? Do leggings make you feel awkward and vaguely uncomfortable? If you’re the sort of person who wants to wear every  piece of clothing at once, this is the trend for you. There are just a few things to remember when you’re trying this style to make sure you look polished and grown up (if that’s your thing!)

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If you’re wearing a loose, maxi dress, try keeping your bottoms tailored. Having a clean, streamlined pant will ensure an elegant silhouette. Try rocking a loose, delicate slip with some skinny jeans and loafers or leather boots. If you want something more playful, try a long teeshirt dress with some boyfriend jeans. You can add some chunky heels or rock sneakers if that’s more your vibe. And if you want a new take on a ’70s favorite, try working some bell bottom jeans under your favorite dress — try a bell-sleeved style for some extra throwback vibes.

One way to dress this trend up is by incorporating texture, namely leather. Specifically through fitted leather pants, which add another level of undone glamour to the look (extra points if you wear a lace-up style!) Whether you’re rocking more leather on top or a simple, flowing long sleeved number, there’s still an element of surprise. And if you’re really feeling it, you can even incorporate another hero piece to the mix, whether it’s a fuzzy coat, a matching leather jacket or a bold, colorful dress.

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This trend really feels like an adult game of peek-a-boo, so shirt dresses and dresses with slits are all fair game. There is no “right” way to wear the dress-over-pants trend, so just do it. Get creative and don’t forget to have fun.

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