If you’ve been keeping up with any of the big fashion influencers lately, you may have seen this recurring trend seeping into your Instagram feed: dresses being worn over pants. Now you may be getting horrific flashbacks to the early 00’s when everyone was wearing skirts over their jeans. This Spring/Summer ’17, however, wearing a dress over your pants looks incredibly mature and chic – meaning this can be worn to work or to brunch with your friends. It’s also a great way to nail transitional dressing that many of us struggle with.

Scroll through as we look at how your favourite fashion influencers style this trend and our tips on how to recreate this look.

Button Down Shirt Dresses

Past your midsection leave it unbuttoned so your trouser peek through or leave it fully unbuttoned and wear the dress as a robe à la Attico.

Pair this simple dress with jeans that have special details that keep this look unique and subtly show your personality.

Undress Dress, £159

My Pair of Jeans, £150

My Pair of Jeans, £150


This look would be amazing with pants in any color.

Karakusi Dress, £358

Hebe Studio Pants, £178

Hebe Studio Pants, £178

Hebe Studio Pants, £178

Hebe Studio Pants, £178

Hebe Studio Pants, £178

Hebe Studio Pants, £178


Standout Prints

Don’t play it safe and stand out from the crowd. 

Because of the length and shape of this dress, ideally you’d want a slim fitted trouser. The delicate floral design is best paired with a more simplistic design in complimentary colors to balance it out.

DUE Fashion Dress, £95

 WtR Pants, £320

Hebe Studio Pants, £165

Hebe Studio Pants, £170


Knock out two trends at once with these gingham dresses. Look sweet and feminine with these pink pants; create interesting dimensions by playing with the length of your pants; or complement the dress with voluminous culottes.

Etrala London Dress, £199

Etrala London, £195

Supersweet x Moumi Pants, £185

Vielma London Pants, £190

WtR Pants, £290

WtR Pants, £390



Glam Night Out

Who said going out meant showing a lot of skin? These are some elegant ways to rethink dressing for evenings out.

The sheer factor means that you can really highlight the prints on your pants while giving them a bit of an edge. Or try silk lame pants that make this a cute date night outfit. Leather joggers make this evening dress more casual.

Ukulele Dress, £170

Sania Studio Dress, £185

The Bee’s Sneeze Pants, £200

ELLESD Pants, £385

Parlor Pants, £240



Black pants are a great match for a vampy red dress. Leather brings an edge to the outfit; tailored pants make it more sophisticated; and the athletic stripe of the smoking pants reminds us of the popular athleisure track pants that bring a casual cool vibe to the outfit.

Konsanszky Dress, £290

ELLESD Pants, £465

WtR Pants, £150

Hebe Studio Pants, £165


You can really use any type of shoe with this trend. Pairing your look with your favourite white trainers or slides makes it a more casual day time look, while a classic pump or trendy mules work well for the office or a night out.

Ludwig Reiter Shoes, £298

WtR Shoes, £325

WtR Shoes, £325

WtR Shoes, £325


Look below to see how your fashion faves are wearing this trend.