Dress over jeans is a trend that is very unlikely to become mainstream in its purest form. It’s one of those outfits that feel a bit out there. Even more so than high waisted jeans! Dress over jeans is what you might see worn street style in New York City during Fashion Week.
I am not usually very keen on strange outfits that veer too far from the classic silhouette. But I suppose I have an edgy and urban side that comes out and waves its flag every once in a while.
I have noticed the romper/skort combination has become very popular lately as in this example from Forever 21 which incorporates some of the big trends this season. Can you guess what they are? Ok, I will give you the answers: maxi skirt, floral print, lace up detail, romper style.
Here are some ways to help you pull off the dress over jeans trend:
1. Try wearing denim shorts instead to ease your way in and mimic the above skort romper example. Graduate to long jeans when you feel ready.
2. Think of the dress as a duster or a long layer over your top so go for a dress that opens in the front or is wrap style.
3. Go for an old school pair of jeans. I am not a fan of thick jeans in the summer but I wanted to use these classic Levi’s here for a more authentic 90’s vibe. Maybe that’s what I love about wearing a dress over jeans – it brings back memories of the irreverent style of the grunge era. Do you remember wearing combat boots with a floral skater skirt? Totally!
4. Pick a sheer or lightweight dress. It becomes an effervescent layer to the heavy jeans and doesn’t compete with the fabric of the jeans. They are not two equal outfits worn together. Instead they are two different elements that complement one another. Feminine and masculine; delicate and strong!
5. Wear high heeled classic shoes. They not only elevate you but also the whole look.
I am well aware that most of you will not rush to your closets to don your dresses over your jeans, let alone walk out on the street wearing them. But as you know I like to have fun with my clothes and have a little less fear than most when it comes to dressing. Maybe this will inspire some of you to be more daring!