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.
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.
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.
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.