Go ahead and file dresses over pants as another thing about fashion that men hate, but who cares? In fact, a lot of women also hate dresses over pants. It is quite avant garde in some ways, or 90’s grunge, or Orthodox Jew (not that that’s a bad thing…). I’ve always loved the look, but there’s a fine line between doing it right and well, not doing it right. Some may say no, there is NO way to do dresses over pants “right,” but I think the key is in the proportions, color & texture.
I personally like dresses over cropped pants best, ones that show a little ankle, like the ones in the image above – which are all done right, by the way. Full length pants and a long sleeve dress are hard to pull off, but this look by MiH works I think because of the drastically different denim washes. This Zero Maria Cornejo long shirt dress over long athletic pants is so very chic, but both of these looks obviously work better on a tall, thin type.
Which is not to say we curvy, short girls can’t rock the look also, I just think the dress must be shorter, and the pants must come just to the ankle with a slight flare. Also, heels. You must have some height with this look.
I would wear this Eileen Fisher wedge dress, or this James Perse chiffon dress (which looks MADE to be worn with pants). Of course, any super-sheer or gauzy-type dress would be perfect with pants, like this one by Helmut Lang, or this one by James Perse (I tried this on, it would be PERFECT over pants, but not so great on me as a dress).
I have done this look before (I would wear different jeans now, and still clogs, but more “delicate” ones LOL), and am already preparing an outfit for tomorrow that I’m excited about. We’ll see how well it works in real life! Whenever I see a women successfully wearing a dress over jeans/pants, I think “how chic! how sophisticated” and want to be her for just a second. It can border on high school art teacher if you don’t have at least one structured piece, or too many colors, but overall, I think a women who wears dresses over pants looks creative, interesting, and care-free.
What do you think? Do you wear dresses over pants? how?