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How to Nail the Dress-Over-Pants Look

It seems only fitting that we’re talking about how to wear dresses over pants on Groundhog Day. Year after year, this tricky trend pops up and based on this factor or that, decides just how long it’s going to last. This season, expect some staying power. Designers from Giambattista Valli to Calvin Klein have offered up four styles that are actually wearable off the runway. Take a look for yourself.

What to Wear to Theaters and Galleries

The trick to looking like one of those soulful gallery hoppers in Chelsea is with loose-fitting, wispy fabrics that move when you do. Stick with long, layering pieces constructed from silk, chiffon or satin for best results. And don’t be afraid to mix and match prints, as long as they’re in the same color scheme. With so much attention on your clothes, shoes and jewelry should be kept clean and simple.

Maison Margiela, Dries Van Noten, Suno Spring 2015; Image: Spring 2015

Maison Margiela, Dries Van Noten, Suno Spring 2015; Images: Imaxtree

 

What to Wear to Black Tie

Formal wear is about as easy as it gets. Often you just need to add in one item or substitute another to get the look down pat. If you plan on wearing an embellished cocktail dress, slip on a pair of sheer, billowing trousers underneath. Or if you want to wear a suit, a pleated black skirt will do wonders. Just make sure to keep your slacks fitted and your jacket cropped to balance proportions nicely. 

Giambattista Valli, Giorgio Armani, Chanel Spring 2015; Image: Spring 2015

Giambattista Valli, Giorgio Armani, Chanel Spring 2015; Images: Imaxtree

 

What to Wear on the Weekend

Weekend wear calls for dresses and slacks that double as loungewear. Simple shapes, neutral shades and roomy silhouettes are key here, so are flat sandals and a statement necklace or two. If you’re not comfortable, you’re not doing it right.

Rag & Bone, Chanel, Rag & Bone Spring 2015; Image: Spring 2015

Rag & Bone, Chanel, Rag & Bone Spring 2015; Images: Imaxtree

 

What to Wear to Work

When you’re dressing for your nine-to-five, stick with structure to avoid looking schleppy. Pair your favorite flared skirt with a crisp, fitted blazer or a sophisticated sweater dress with creased trousers. But go easy on patterns and stick with one statement piece at a time, at least until you’re headed to happy hour.

Giambattista Valli, Jean Paul Gaultier, Chanel Spring 2015; Image: IMaxTree

Giambattista Valli, Jean Paul Gaultier, Chanel Spring 2015; Images: Imaxtree

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