This Unconventional Dress Trend Is Coming in Hot for 2022

We're all for a cool and slightly offbeat styling trick to take an ensemble to the next level. You know, like wearing your button-down backward, pairing a choker necklace with a turtleneck, or yes, even teaming a dress (or skirt) with trousers. In fact, we wanted to focus specifically on the latter today as it's an easy way to bring a fashion-forward twist to an outfit.

While the elevated look has actually been a styling front-runner for fashion girls for a few years, there's a strong chance it will hit the mainstream market in an even greater way in 2020 as the trend came in hot in the current spring/summer collections. Yep, brands from Gucci to Jil Sander showcased a range of dresses—including shirt and knit styles—over trousers like flares and wide-leg cuts. Sure, it may seem more unconventional in theory, but the layered vibe is definitely worth a try given its high-concept nature.

To highlight further, we rounded up some of the key runway moments featuring this styling trick. And to showcase how to wear the look IRL, we also included inspiration on how style setters are wearing the dress-over-trousers vibe right now, complete with styling and shopping tips. Keep scrolling for more and get ready to jump on this A+ look before all of your friends do.


On the Runway
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The slim black trousers bring an extra layer of dimension to this pleated skirt–and-top Jil Sander look.


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The baggy trousers bring an extra layer of sleekness to this Givenchy belted leather dress.


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While this brown Gucci dress would be beautiful on its own, it's even cooler with the addition of the skinny leather pants.


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Into the monochromatic look? This vibrant Akris ensemble with the sleeveless orange dress and coordinating trousers is where it's at.


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A white shirtdress gets taken to the next level with a belt and black trousers. Case in point? This Lanvin outfit.


On the street:
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Styling Tip: Amp up a denim-on-denim look by layering a turtleneck with a maxi dress.


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Styling Tip: Bring even more texture to a suede maxi dress with leather leggings or trousers.


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Styling Tip: Sophisticated black trousers pair flawlessly with a bold frock.


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Styling Tip: Unbutton a floral dress to the waist to show off your go-to skinny jeans.


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Styling Tip: Rather than wearing a sweaterdress on its own, consider incorporating denim into the look for a little something extra.


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Styling Tip: Split-hem trousers peeking out of a pretty dress are especially high-concept.


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Styling Tip: A denim shirtdress with skinnies and booties is a no-fail formula that's always forward.

Next, check out easy styling tricks that will make your outfits feel more luxe.

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Bobby Schuessler is a fashion editor with over a decade of editorial experience covering shopping, style, and beauty. He's spent over seven years at Who What Wear, currently leading the market team to deliver highly covetable and convertible content. He creates data-driven shopping guides featuring top retailers like Nordstrom, Shopbop, and Net-a-Porter and is at the forefront of Who What Wear's shopping tentpole strategies, including Amazon Prime Day. He also works on branded content initiatives and appears on camera in video and shopping livestream franchises. He has also worked across a variety of other media brands and fashion retailers like Refinery29, PureWow, Men's Health, and Gilt covering commerce, trend reporting, women's and men's fashion, home, and lifestyle.