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5 ways to mix and match the shirt dress with trousers you already have

Introducing next season’s silhouette du jour: The tunic-and-pants combo that takes summertime layering to the next level
 

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Given the fact that spring tends to favour a more relaxed and softer style of tailoring, it shouldn’t surprise us to see breezy, past-hip-length tunics being paired with sleek trousers for S/S ‘19. But still, it was a silhouette that used to be questionable at best, going against all our instincts in the figure-flattering rule book (oversized + relaxed at the bottom = a shape-swallowing no-no). However, next season’s renditions were immediate game changers for us.

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Photos: Showbit

Designers, including Anna Sui, Giorgio Armani and Altuzarra, exhibited the style with longline button-up blouses which only had the top few buttons done up, leaving the rest of the garment to open and float down the back. Chloé and Loewe brought a feminine edge to the trend, teaming chic and snug knitted cardigan tops (purposefully unbuttoned the same way) with bohemian-style pants that sit on the hips.

The whole halfway-undone technique applied to the tunic (or, what is essentially a shirt dress) gives us a peek at the accentuated waistline and a full view of the trousers, thereby giving way to a sleek look that is anything but frumpy.

Eager to get ahead of the trend? Here are some ways to emulate the runway looks. 

 

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The vintage hunter

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Undo the buttons on this midi dress to midriff-length and style it with a pair of tartan trousers for a vintage feel.

 

Veronica Beard Pike dress, US$596.44 (S$826), from Net-a-Porter. Zimmermann tapered tartan trousers, S$1,377, from Farfetch.

Photos: Net-a-Porter and Farfetch

 

The classy, working gal

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For a sophisticated take on multi-coloured styling, try this asymmetrical blouse and a pair of classic black cigarette trousers.

 

Patbo Rio stripe tunic, S$781, Guild Prime cigarette trousers, S$219, both from Farfetch.

Photos: Farfetch

 

The jet-setter

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A trench coat-style tunic and a pair of bootcut trousers will look undeniably sensible and chic.

 

Rejina Pyo Madison belted shirt dress, S$869, from Mytheresa. Calvin Klein bootcut trousers, S$273, from Farfetch.

Photos: Mytheresa and Farfetch

 

The summer lover

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For the perfect summer get-up, go for this breathable white top and a pair of cotton-velvet trousers in an earthy colour.

 

Tibi asymmetrical shirt dress, S$505, from Mytheresa. Acne Studios wide-leg cotton-velvet trousers, S$625 from Matchesfashion.

Photos: Mytheresa and Matchesfashion

 

The girl with a black and white wardrobe

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This ensemble, featuring a graphic floral print button-up shirt dress and a pair of flare leg trousers, will help you nail monochromatic dressing to a tee.

 

Altuzarra Aimee floral-print crepe-cady shirtdress, S$850, Chloé wide-leg virgin-wool blend trousers, S$1,520, both from Matchesfashion.

Photos: Matchesfashion

 

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