The next time you’re invited to an haute affair, take your layering skills to the next level with the dress over pants trend. In recent seasons, designer labels such as Giambattista Valli, Chanel, and Rosie Assoulin have all injected their collections with the unconventional pairing that is both modern and modest.
Look to actress Emma Watson who recently championed the dress over pants trend on the red carpet. She arrived to the 2016 Met Gala sporting an elegant ensemble signed Calvin Klein Collection, which featured a skirt layered over wide leg trousers. Meanwhile, Mad Men actress Kiernan Shipka coupled an off-the-shoulder, embroidered Dior Haute Couture mini dress with tapered, tailored pants, and Elizabeth Banks wore a high-low Razan Alazzouni embellished creation that would make for a stylish addition to any Ramadan wardrobe.
The key to this tricky layering combo is in the proportions; and balancing them to achieve a streamlined look. Try layering a flared mini dress over cigarette-cut pants, or styling a tunic with wide-leg culottes for a contemporary take on the trend. Versatile and dynamic, the style can be worn to an evening affair by way of cropped, tailored trousers worn underneath a slit gown. Browse our edit to shop dress over pants pairings that will elevate your summer style.