This week’s #tuesdaytrendwatch is all about combining two classic wardrobe staples. Lately, pants topped with dresses have been seen on fashion’s biggest runways, hottest street stylers, and even on the red carpet. What makes a trend a must try for me is its versatility. If it can be worn on all body types, and by women of all ages, that is when a trend becomes major! At the 2014 Golden Globes last week, Emma Watson wowed onlookers as she strutted down the award show’s red carpet in something quite unconventional. The British movie star wore a backless red apron gown with a pair of black cropped cigarette pants, all from Dior Haute Couture. She was simply amazing right? When describing her look, the actress had this to say: “It felt original. It felt a bit different.” Although she received some harsh criticism, especially from twitter, that did not stop her from having another big fashion moment.
With so much buzz surrounding Emma Watson’s risky outfit choice, it was not hard spot the trend in pre-fall collections that followed. 3.1 Phillip Lim and Elizabeth and James both had looks that paired slips (a big trend on its own) with trousers that hit above the ankle. Other brands like J Brand and Acne Studios added a different spin by using legging like pants, made from satin and leather. Alexander McQueen also took this trend up for both women and menswear collections. Of course with this brand you can expect a little dark, goth-like feel to the clothing; there is also multiple looks for women from McQueen. Stella Tennant wore her McQueen pants with built in kilt at the British Fashion Awards late last year. For the lovers of color Roksanda Ilincic color-blocked one of their collection piece with black legging-like pants.
I am a little more excited about the early fall season coming later year. Layers are a definite for that time and this pairing of dresses with pants underneath will probably take over as the number one trend. How will you incorporate this into your look? Will you even consider it? Only time will tell, I guess.
– Sasha-Gay Trusty.