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There used to be a time when a trendsetter had to decide between either a dress or a pair of trousers, with little choice in between. However, times have changed, and it’s now encouraged to wear dresses over pants for formal occasions. If you have a hotly awaited party or gala on your social calendar, try combining your two favourite pieces into one killer trend. Take a look at the Spring/Summer 2017 runways, where fitted and cropped bottoms were layered under voluminous frocks. Perfectly suitable for the modest fashionista who is craving coverage under a revealing gown, dresses and pants just may be the hottest new couple in the world of style. As you find yourself searching for a jaw-dropping outfit for your next night on the town, look no further than these examples of the trend.
For a casual take on the trend, one simply needs to take a glance at the Rosie Assoulin catwalk. Try slipping into a flowing, floor-length gown with a wide sash belt and puffed short sleeves. Meanwhile, light wash boyfriend denim helps to tone down the overly glamorous look of a long black dress. To complete the ensemble, simply add a pair of flat black sandals to keep the outfit understated and contemporary.
Zuhair Murad Couture
Once the sun goes down, a more dramatic take on the trend is perfectly acceptable. At Zuhair Murad Couture, silky white skinny trousers were styled with an embellished gown. The look of a peplum waist, asymmetrical skirt and colourful, sparkling studs offers a glittering effect. From the red carpets of a fashion function to a ritzy venue just about anywhere, an inspired aesthetic can leave you shining.
For either business or a Saturday afternoon, Banana Republic’s approach is wearable and stylish. We are liking this sleeveless white and black polka dot shirtdress, along with the coordinating flared ivory trousers. With the addition of a vibrant orange leather satchel, the outfit truly pops and commands attention.
Photos: Vogue Runway