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Dresses over Pants: Your Fast-Track to Cold-Weather Layering Done Right

Refinery29 | Georgia Murray

Cold weather brings style dilemmas aplenty. What to wear to combat a frosty morning, a stuffy commute, an air-conditioned office, and a toasty bar? The solution? Layering. We hear the word thrown around in fashion every year with little indication of exactly how or what to layer. But fear not; this season, it’s as easy as paint-by-numbers (thanks to the inspiration to be found both on and off the runway) and involves just two items: your favorite dress, and some trusty trousers.

Back in February, the Fall ’17 shows had a plethora of inspiration for the season. Tibi paired matching silk trousers and ankle-skimming dresses, making a strong argument for head-to-toe color, while Ellery and Simone Rocha proved that your party dress is work-appropriate when worn over dressed-down slacks. Erdem and Gucci displayed matching brocade pieces, and Stella McCartney mixed textures with sequined frocks styled over tassel-hemmed bottoms.

Before you despair at the sight of rain, scroll through for step-by-step breakdown on how to layer all of your dresses – from wrap-style to waterfall hems – over your pants.

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Easy Does It

Three is the magic number with this formula. Simply wear your favorite dress – loud prints on long-sleeved midi dresses are our preference – and pair with some trousers. Whether it’s bleached boyfriend jeans, cropped kick flares, or light-washed skinnies, just add some mules or ankle boots, and you’ve got your 9-to-5 (and 5-to-9) getup sorted.

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The Waterfall Hem

If you were once unsure of the waterfall hems filling shops and Instagram feeds, this is an example of why they work. The silhouette leaves just enough space for your outfit to perfect the art of peek-a-boo. This off-kilter hemline is ideal for those who want some warmth this season but shudder at the thought of opaque tights.

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Cold-Weather Combat

This is where layering really comes into play. We’re bringing cold-shoulder dresses from summer to fall and winter by layering them over turtlenecks and under extra-large bomber jackets. Jeans recommended but not required.

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Short and Sweet

No need to worry about baring your legs with a super-short number. Instead, we’ll be wearing our most sparkly minis over jeans during the day, then whipping off the bottoms for our office party come 7PM. Who said fashion wasn’t practical?

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The Statement Trouser

This is the maximalist’s take on the trend. Since no one ever said your trousers had to take a back seat in this equation, choose a wrap dresses – or one with sky-high splits – and put those pants on display.

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