How to Master the Art of Fall Layering With the Dress-Over-Pants Look

Add some much-needed warmth to your outfit without sacrificing style.
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Add some much-needed warmth to your outfit without sacrificing style.

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You’ve spent your entire wardrobe budget on pretty frocks and skirts, but now that summer is over, you’re left wondering how these beauties will transition into the fall. Raise the sartorial bar with one of fashion’s quirkiest trends: the dress-over-pants look (or what we like to call D.O.P. for short).

We know what you’re thinking, but rest assured this look will not resemble anything like the nineties baby doll tunic and boot-cut jean look. We promise! The new, modern way to pull off a D.O.P. is decidedly more streamlined and sophisticated.

You may have noticed Emma Watson bringing the D.O.P. idea back to the masses this past award season. The fashionistas below were rocking the look long before the fashion-forward actress. Check out our simple styling tips inspired by pretty Pinterest photos to master this look.

01. WEAR COMFY BASICS

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Work with comfortable, everyday wardrobe staples like a tunic sweater and jeans for an easy transition into layering. Amp it up with a dose of pattern, a bold color, or both, like this bright red peacoat and leopard print heel. Be sure to keep your jeans as fitted as possible to avoid dreaded frump.

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02. THINK OFFICE CHIC

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Nothing is worse than making a 45-minute commute in a pencil skirt and heels in the blistering cold. Add much-needed warmth to your outfit with cold weather-friendly pieces like a printed scarf and a striped long sleeve. Keep the rest of the palette office-appropriate by sticking with a simple, straight-cut dress over slim-ankle pants. Trés chic!

Image via WGSN blog, Street Style

03. TRY A BOHO MAXI

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Pairing a wrap maxi dress with a skinny jean or leather legging is the boldest of looks and oh-so bohemian. Loosely tie the wrap dress or leave it totally open over your undershirt and form-fitting pants. Not only does this look allow you to reinvent that elegant wrap dress you wore once, but it also ensures you'll stand out among the crowd with this high-low outfit.

Image via Harper's Bazaar, Street Style