How to Wear a Dress Over Jeans Like a Pro

Ever see those girls on Instagram who can effortlessly pull off the dress-over-jeans look? Me too. If you’re like me, you’ve been wanting to try this style but are nervous about how it’s going to look. Luckily for all of us, this trend is easy to pull off with just a few simple tricks.

First thing’s first, you have to pick the perfect pieces to pair together. Simple dress silhouettes work best for this. I chose a wrap dress from the Who What Wear collection at Target, but this look can also work with a button-down dress. Just button the dress down to the waist of your jeans and then let the rest flow. I find that midi and maxi lengths look best for this look.

Choosing the right jeans is also very important. I picked a pair of mom jeans from Topshop since they were fitted, cropped, and high-waisted. The wash is very standard as well. This is important when choosing your pair—pick a neutral wash with no distressing for your first try at this trend. I find that pairing simpler pieces together makes this look easier to pull off if it’s your first time wearing a look like this. If you’re wearing a bright-colored dress, black jeans would also work.

Shoes should be kept simple, too. A strappy pair of heels in a neutral color is perfect if you’re going for a dressier look, but if your dress leans more on the casual side, sneakers are a great—and comfortable—option.

Keeping your hair and makeup looks simple helps keep the focus on the outfit. Go for a little bronzer and a bright lip and you’ll be summer-ready.

If you’re wearing a wrap dress similar to mine, try tucking one side into your jeans. This will show off the jeans underneath. But if the fabric is heavy, you might have to keep retucking throughout the day. You could also leave it down like normal and wait for that perfect gust of wind to pick up the hems and blow them back. The good thing about this trend is that you won’t have to worry about any unexpected Marilyn Monroe moments.

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