Fall Winter Fashion Formula #11: How to Wear a Dress over Pants

March 10th, 2009

Fall Winter Fashion Formula #11
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You don’t have to stop wearing your favorite dresses when it’s cold out.  Simply protect your legs from the cold by pairing your warm weather dress with a set of pants.  Here’s how to get the dress-over-pants look:

1. Start with your basic dress.  Knee length styles work well, as do minidresses that are asking for a bit of extra leg coverage. 
2. Slip on a pair of pants.  Straight leg pants are the way to go here; a wider leg would take away from the tailored look.
3. Add a hip length blazer to give the outfit a touch of sophistication.  If you live in a colder climate, substitute the blazer for a more appropriate cold weather coat (and/or layer a sweater in between).
4.  Finish off the outfit with a pair of pumps and a patterned bag.  Notice how the brown brings out the warmth in the navy blue dress, and how the smart black and white pattern on the bag really pops against the tailored outfit.

How would you wear a dress over pants?  Share your style with us in the comments!

Entry Filed under: Ready Made Outfits, Women

8 Comments Add your own

  • 1. Jacki  |  March 10th, 2009 at 6:30 am

    I usually pair my dresses with my black skinny jeans when I’m cold; I like the legging look.

    I really love the Burberry patterned bag though!

  • 2. Sal  |  March 10th, 2009 at 6:47 am

    I can never nail this look … but this tutorial gives me new hope!

    Also THANK YOU for continuing to post wintry tips. I know all the shops are springy, but we’re expecting 4 inches of snow today. Still cold, still need cold-weather inspiration!

  • 3. Chloe  |  March 10th, 2009 at 10:41 am

    I am never sure how to work this look. Does it matter if the dress is A-line or not? I am wondering if this look works only if the dress looks more like a tunic than a dress?

    Thank you for bringing it up. Perhaps more examples of this look might help?

  • 4. jennifer in sf  |  March 10th, 2009 at 2:03 pm

    Oh my god, that bag!!!
    Oh and the whole look is cute, although I just bust out the tights during the winter.

  • 5. Alyssa  |  March 11th, 2009 at 4:04 pm

    I can pull off wearing my mini dresses during the day over skinny jeans. Just add a jacket or cardigan and I prefer flats. It kinda makes for a funky casual look.

  • 6. Cynthia  |  March 25th, 2009 at 6:01 am

    Thank you for the great picture! I have an event this weekend that I would prefer to wear spring clothes to but the weather in the 40’s doesn’t allow for them! I am going to try this look with open toed pumps and maybe a patterned dress…do you think I could pull of a l/s tee under a sleeveless dress?

  • 7. mary  |  January 29th, 2010 at 12:44 pm

    i love pants over dresses i have to wear them in my religon any ways i love that bag

  • 8. sugaraa  |  October 22nd, 2010 at 1:05 am

    hello. im winter fashion intersting.

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