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How to wear dresses over pants

It breaks every rule in the fashion book and can be tricky to nail, but full-blown frocks over pants are now a thing (yes, we're being serious) and the street-style pack is all over it. The key to this look? It's a layering bonanza, so whether you're into mega-floaty silhouettes or a more structured vibe, we’ve broken it down. Here's how...
Dress worn over trousers at Hellessy SS17 show | ASOS Fashion & Beauty

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Loose, breezy steez was the name of the game at Hellessy’s SS17 show, with models sporting silky-separates in graphic '60s prints. The priority was comfy, vacay-strolling style as asymmetric dresses were layered over flowing wide-leg pants. Dreamy. 

Asos Insider Debbie wearing dress over blue jeans | ASOS Fashion & Beauty Feed

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ASOS Insider Debbie makes the style a day winner by swapping out the floaty legs for straight-cut blue jeans. Pro tip? If your dress leans on the lengthy side, tuck it in at your waist. Then elevate the look (literally) with simple heels and, if it’s really cold, don’t be scared to make it pop like Deb by slipping on some jazzy socks. 

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Here's how to ease yourself in. It’s all about playing with proportions and opting for slim-fit jeans under your swinging printed midi to make for a slightly more subtle style. Monochrome never fails, so keep the color scheme plain and let your unconventional layers do the talking. To finish? Your go-to sneaks will bring the easy-chic but, for fancier plans, pair with statement heeled-sandals and a shimmery clutch.


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