August 30 2014

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Dresses Over Pants—Where Do You Stand?


Wearing a dress over pants: It may sound like bait for Joan Rivers and the fashion police, but designers from Alber Elbaz at Lanvin to Marni‘s Consuelo Castiglioni sent the unconventional silhouette down Spring runways. At Richard Chai Love, the designer said, “It was all about playing with new proportions and unexpected layering.” Chai, who tossed long tunics and slipdresses over flowy pants, added, “It’s important that the fabric has movement.” If you want to experiment with the trend, try swapping out your tights and leggings for see-through trousers as Givenchy‘s Riccardo Tisci, Pedro Lourenço, and Giorgio Armani all did for effects that ranged from punk to gypset.

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  1. jannu says:

    Totally love the idea! I agree on the fact that the dress needs to have a certain movement otherwise it looke weird with pants underneath. Loved ArmaniĀ“s choices, elegant, trendy and totally wearable.

  2. yasamin says:

    All about it! One of my favorite silhouettes ever. There is something regal and classy about a dress over pants- when done right.

  3. MarieElizabeth says:

    ahh…had the impression this was coming back, was a fan of it then and will most likely be again come spring;)

  4. bear says:

    Koreans have been wearing dresses over pants for years. Nothing new with this fashion statement.

  5. antar says:

    Pakistani’s also have beem wearing pants with dresses

  6. KarenF says:

    Pakistan, and India. Its called kameez (or kurta) over salwar pants.

  7. Serpas33 says:

    LOve Love. The pants also need to be cropped or tight fitting. Not a jegging people, just fitted. A tunic and boyfriend pant would be hard to pull off.

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