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.
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.
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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.
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.
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Spring training, anyone? Body-skimming running pants layered under an electric-hued skirt give this tricky style an off-duty athletic vibe.
Image courtesy of Adam Katz Sinding
Take a button-down dress and give your outfit a peek-a-boo moment by unbuttoning it just a bit over skinny, distressed denim jeans.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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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Black suede heels and a Zara pullover nicked from the men’s department help to ground the bold stripes of a Milly skirt styled over Guess jeans, worn here by blogger Andy Torres of Style Scrapbook.
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Tibi Serpentine Wrap-effect Satin Gown ($495) in Lipstick Red
Joe Fresh Slim Fit Woven Pant ($39) in Black
Urban Renewal Tulle Midi Skirt ($69) in Black
Citizens of Humanity Emerson Slim Ankle BF Jeans ($218) in Blue Ridge
Cameo New Light Skirt ($137) in Black
Lovers + Friends for Revolve Track Pants ($119) in Black
Express Knit Midi Sheath Dress ($30) in Pitch Black
Club Monaco Marie Belt ($90) in Black
GapFit gFast Contrast-Stitch Leggings ($65) in True Black
Surface to Air Leather Fecto Jacket ($950) in Black
Marc by Marc Jacobs Low-tops ($275) in Steel Grey
H&M Long Shirt Dress ($50) in Dark Blue
Blank Denim Ripped Skinny Jeans ($88) in Black
Schutz Floralite Pumps $200 in Black
Aviu Techno Mesh Skirt ($326)
Haute Hippie Slim Shady Crepe Pants ($345) in Ivory