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It breaks every rule in the fashion book and can be tricky to pull off, but full-blown frocks over trousers are now a thing (yes, we're being serious, and, yes, you'll love it) and the street-style pack are all over the trend. The key? It's a layering bonanza, so whether you're into mega-floaty silhouettes or a more structured vibe, we’ve broken it down...

Dress worn over trousers at Hellessy SS17 show | ASOS Fashion & Beauty

Picture: Imaxtree

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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 prints. The priority was comfy, holiday-strolling style as asymmetric dresses were layered over flowing wide-leg trousers. Dreamy. 

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

Instagram: @asos_debbie

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

Try it out

Now you’ve been persuaded, 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 for a more subtle style. Monochrome never fails (plus it’s mega flattering), so keep the colour 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. 


Reclaimed Vintage Inspired flared-sleeve midi dress, £50

ASOS Farleigh high-waist slim mom jeans, £32