All about the dress-over-pants trend

Red striped dress over black ponte pants outfit — Cotton Cashmere Cat Hair
Camel cardigan outfit with red striped dress — Cotton Cashmere Cat Hair
Striped dress layered over ponte pants with camel cardigan — Cotton Cashmere Cat Hair
Red striped dress outfit with camel cashmere cardigan — Cotton Cashmere Cat Hair

This isn't my first taste of the dress-over-pants trend; I wore my asymmetrical lace dress over pants last spring. While I was skeptical of the look at first, I have come to appreciate it. I definitely prefer wearing pants over tights if I had to choose, and pants create a bit of a different look than tights. (Remember when everyone layered leggings under dresses? It reminds me of that in a way, but better...haha.) Plus, pants tend to be warmer than tights. I'm actually planning to try layering a dress over a pair of skinny jeans this spring. Gettin' crazy over here!

My black ponte pants are the obvious choice when it comes to the pants part of the layering equation. This time, I decided to winterize my red striped shift dress by wearing it over the pants and adding a camel cashmere cardigan. This dress was a perfect candidate because it's short and it's not structured. It kind of acts more like a tunic than a dress here. I almost decided to wear a belt to cinch the shift shape of the dress a bit, but I really liked the effect of leaving it loose and casual. If I wore this again, I would probably wear a pendant necklace with this to break up the stripes a bit... Oh well. :) It was a fun outfit that I'm glad I took out for a spin!


Grana cardigan c/o / unavailable; similar by Lord & Taylor (review here; use my referral link for 10% off your first purchase)
ModCloth dress / old; similar by Everlane (last seen here)
J.Crew pants / exact
J.Crew flats / exact
Moorea Seal sunglasses / old; similar by Le Specs