Layering is a sartorial move typically reserved for tops — you throw a moto jacket over a t-shirt to stay cozy and cute, you layer a sweatshirt over a button-down to add flair to your 9-to-5 uniform. But Kendall Jenner is getting creative with the tactic in her latest off-duty outfit featuring doubled-up bottoms.
As People reports, Jenner was snapped on the streets of NYC wearing apron pants, a style of bottoms that features a breezy overlay much like the garment you tie on to whip up confections in the kitchen (get it?). When it comes down to it, it looks like she’s wearing a skirt over pants. But this isn’t just another krazy Kardashian moment: she’s not the first celeb to endorse the offbeat look. Last year, Beyoncê posed in a pair of two-in-ones on Instagram while Emma Watson wow-ed in a dress-over-pants ensemble on the Golden Globes red carpet. Sure, the appearances are few and far between, but Kendall’s chic take just might be what the skirt-over-pants trend needs to take off. Intrigued, fashion rule breakers? Here are four ways to pull off the look right now.
Asymmetrical Skirt + Faux Leather Leggings
Besides being one of the biggest spring trends on their own, asymmetrical skirts are one of the easiest pieces to pull off the skirt-over-pants look with: its high-low (lower? higher again?) hem already sets a more fashion-forward tone to your look, so if you’re looking to dabble, this is the gateway. Slip on a pair of faux leather leggings and slinky heels for a date night-ready look.
Pleated Skirt + Cigarette Pants
The movement from a breezy pleated skirt will add softness to this unexpected pairing. Channel your inner minimalist to round out the look: tailored pants and fresh white sneakers will help the look feel ultra modern as will unexpected proportions, so keep a white button untucked. We can’t imagine a cooler way to meet the gang for fancy cocktails and a night of gallery hopping.
Wrap Skirt + Printed Culottes
Take advantage of the natural slit at the front of a wrap skirt — another big-for-spring silhouette — by layering a printed pair of culottes underneath. Sure it’s not showing off your stems to their full potential, but just imagine the cropped pair peeping out as you strut (in high heels, natch) and try not to swoon. Just make sure the hems line up for this look that we’re calling an alternate Easter brunch outfit option.
Midi Skirt + Palazzo Pants
It’s not an A-line skirt, it’s not a pencil skirt, so what exactly is it? If you said “the perfect skirt to go over pants” you guessed right! Get the appearance of a layered maxi skirt from this relaxed combo. With palazzos or other wide-legged trousers underneath, the look is immediately elevated to a more elegant level than either piece could get to on its own. Wear with a basic cami and a fitted blazer to overhaul your spring office look.
What fashion rules do you think need to be rewritten? Tell us about your favorite one to break — or about your fave celebrity style rule breakers — in the comments below.
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