I love dresses, but since my hair has grown really long (which I feel makes me look quite girlish) I don’t take my dresses or skirts out very often – too preppy. But I’ve found a way to enjoy wearing them anyway: over pants. And I’m not talking about the Avril-Lavigne-jeans-skirt-over-leggings style – I’m talking real dresses, the puffier the better, over real pants. It’s not a revolutionary style, I know, but I think it’s been neglected and underestimated in fashion quite often. I will come up with my own version on this blog soon (no worries, I won’t bother you with my Prada shirt-dress again – but I have to admit: it came to my mind for the fraction of a second. Nooo, just kidding.), but I want to show you my inspiration first.
Nicolas Ghesquiere presented some shining examples of skirts worn over pants in his Fall 2011 collection for Balenciaga. As for the pictures in which the model doesn’t wear trousers underneath her skirt – simply imagine there were some. Wouldn’t the outfits look absolutely gorgeous, too? (Joking aside, how lovely are the dresses? And isn’t the original Balenciaga spirit from the 1960s very much apparent?)
(This is a really special outfit – in a good way: suit pants combined with sneakers, skirt over pants, and on top a furry colour explosion. I want exactly this outfit!)
No pants visible, but it doesn’t matter because she could wear pants if she wanted. But the 1960s vibe alone, plus the colour combination and the fabulous clutch matching the chestnut brown shoes – this is already too good to be true! No pants needed in this case.)
The shoes! Oh, look at the shoes!
(There’s one thing I have to criticize, though: the background alone is a really cool accessory for every outfit. That’s been a very smart move to make the design look even more interesting. So if you don’t happen to have a similar wallpaper (with you/behind you all the time), you will never achieve to look that quirky. The heck with it, I still love the outfits!)
All visuals via Style.com