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The 1990s called, and they can’t wait for the dress-over-pants trend to be great again. Adding another bottom to your outfit may seem all kinds of extra and showy when one already seems more than enough, but this look actually does wonders to help you appear slimmer and more snatched.

And with more and more iterations of the look being paraded down the prefall runways of designer brands, this movement is getting hard to ignore. Runway presentations of the likes of Proenza Schouler, Jil Sander, 3.1 Phillip Lim, and Tory Burch are converting us into huge fans of this look. 

What makes this modernised dress-over-pants look so appealing? It’s effortless, couldn’t-care-less, and exudes tasteful flamboyance. Truth be told, simplicity is really key when it comes to pulling off this trend.

We bring you the three simplest and shortest ways to work this trend – with similar pieces that you probably already own in your closet.


Wear it over skinny jeans

Balenciaga stretch-knit high-neck dress, US$1,289 (S$1,763.15) and Acne Studios climb mid-rise skinny-leg jeans, US$225 (S$307.76) from Matches Fashion

Throwback to the ’90s where you were automatically a part of the cool crowd once you were spotted with a pair of acid-washed boot cut jeans under a dress. Go back to basics with skinny jeans in a colour of your choice paired together with a midi-length feminine frock to show off just the right amount of jeans.


Go one-tonal

Zimmermann Allia shell-belt cotton-crochet midi dress, US$759 (S$1,038.19) and Asceno silk-crepe wide-leg pyjama trousers, US$449 (S$614.16) from Matches Fashion

If you’re still new to this trend and experimenting with it, we suggest going one-tonal to attract less attention to the fact that you’re wearing trousers – and not just leggings – under that stunning dress. It’s also vital to go for bottoms that are slim cut. The single colour palette and straight cut elevate the outfit into a coherent, sophisticated look. When thrown together, it also becomes less about a few divided pieces and more of a singular wholesome look.


Rock a long coat

Esteban Cortaza ombré crepe de chine coat, US$592.24 (S$810.09) and Chloé layered silk-crepe wide-leg pants, US$1,051.59 (S$1,438.41) from Net-a-Porter

Take layering up a notch with a long, structured coat or trench that adds formality to the look and makes this coordinate boardroom-appropriate. In this instance, the look is tied together more by silhouette rather than colour, even though they are of the same hue of burnt orange. This flowy two-piece ensemble is a perfect balance between flare and fitted.