How to look great in the dress-over-pants look over 40
Lookbook Store motorcycle jacket, Shein floral print green dress, Paloma Picasso belt, Orvis pants, GNE lace socks, double G loafers, and Camel bag (all own)
Contents
  1. My first dress-over-pants ensemble was red and blue
  2. Denim-dress over skinnies for a trendy, modern look
  3. Try a tunic or mini dress for an unmatched look
  4. Wrapping up

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My first dress-over-pants ensemble was red and blue

When I was a kid, I liked the pants under dress look. I was so happy when I got a dress-plus-pants combination in jersey. The dress was red and blue colored blocked and the pants were blue. Later I got my sister’s corduroy dress-pants combination as a hand-me down. I loved the sleek look of the ensemble. A belt defined the wist. Well sometimes one gets a hand-me down that is just awesome. Back then in the 70s, the look was that both items were made from exactly the same fabric. Back then you wouldn’t put the look together of two different pieces. This means the look has changed tremendously.

Today the dress-over-pants look requires two items that weren't bought as an ensemble for that look. #modernstyle #trendsover40 Click To Tweet

Denim-dress over skinnies for a trendy, modern look

Here I paired my skinnies with my denim dress for a cool and rainy pre-fall day. I wonder why I did not come up with this outfit earlier than recently. I have both items in my closet for a while already. LOL.

fashion blogger in dress with jeans outfit

style blogger back view of dress worn over pants

over 50 years old woman in dress over pants look in all denim
Liz Claiborne denim dress worn over J Brand skinnies with statement belt, DIY necklace, DIY cuff, Festina watch, Hermes collier de chien cuff, BCBG belt, Anne Klein logo open-toe pumps, and Jaeger tote (all own)
#fashionDIY DIY necklace
Zoom-in on the DIY necklace

Try a tunic or mini dress for an unmatched look

The following photos show dress-over-pants outfit ideas using a floral mini-dress with dress pants. To make the look work use a color that occurs in the print.

Stylist tip: Black is great to ground an outfit.

fashion blogger in casual A-line dress, cropped pants, with biker jacket

stylist in green floral mini dress worn over black trousers

Stylist in Casual Friday outfit with dress and pantalons

Alaskan woman in floral dress with black pants
Lookbook Store motorcycle jacket, Shein floral print green dress, Paloma Picasso belt, Orvis pants, GNW lace socks, double G loafers, and Camel bag (all own)

Wrapping up

In a nutshell, apply the same tricks that you use when styling a tunic with pants when you wear a mini dress with your trousers. When going for a denim-on-denim look different wash are best.

You can find further dress-over-pants looks in how I wear my Boho in a modern way. Do do like the dress-over-pants trend? How do you rock this look?

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