Skirts over jeans? Evening gowns over pants? Yes, just like you, we thought that sounded like a dress rehearsal for a local stage production of Heidi of the Alps. Then Emma Watson showed up at the Golden Globes and put this styling idea in a whole new context. When done right, as we’re about to show you, this trend feels new, smart and can be pulled off by what you already have in your closet. It’s all about the mix, so read along, please.
The back seen round the world: fashion risk-taker Emma Watson proved this trend isn’t just for street style, by stepping out at the 2014 Golden Globes wearing a Dior Haute Couture open-back dress with slick cropped trousers and Roger Vivier pumps.
Photo credit: Joseph
White on white lends a purity to the punk element of this pleated skirt and cropped trousers combo from the Joseph S/S 14 collection.
Perhaps taking a cue from the swan song that was Marc Jacobs’ S/S 14 collection for Louis Vuitton, Zoe Kravitz braves Miami heat during Art Basel by layering a tissue-thin, floor-grazing vintage dress over everyday jeans.
Photo credit: Collage Vintage
The definition of muse: Yasmin Sewell slips frayed-hem mom jeans on underneath that Chloe skirt, creating a night-for-day look that would otherwise be construed as too fussy an outfit for the streets of Paris during daylight.
Little House On The Prairie, with a shot of rockabilly thrown in for good measure. Leandra Medine of the Man Repeller turns a dress on its head by taking the broderie anglaise overlay of a Simone Rocha frock and styling it with white Martin Margiela jeans and a slouchy Acne blazer.
For the fashion fearless, a lesson from blogger Susie Lau of Style Bubble: If you’re gonna go for it, then really go for it. By layering an Acne biker jacket over a bright blue dress and silver pants, she creates a high-tech mash up that somehow makes perfect sense.
This look from the Elizabeth and James Pre-Fall ’14 collection is a throwback to ‘90s minimalism. Belting the dress high on the waist and cuffing the slim trousers lends a modern angle and gives shape to this monochrome outfit.
Take a cue from photographer slash creative director Margaret Zhang, caught in-between shows during Australian Fashion Week. A patch-pocket mini over baggy leather trousers gives an air of art student chic.
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