Designers first introduced the skirt-over-trousers idea a few seasons ago, but it is only now that a string of style buccaneers are blogging a 2.0 take on this ‘90s trend as one of their first key looks of spring. Returning it to the streets after a noticeable hiatus are fashion leaders like Leandra Medine of The Man Repeller - she has often noted her love for this long-forgotten layering. Susie Lau of Style Bubble wore her denim-chiffon concoction to Couture Fashion Week, a Dior version hit the red carpet thanks to Emma Watson and now for spring/summer 2014, there’s no shortage of realistic runway inspiration to boot.
Then vs. now: It's Gwen Stefani at the 1998 MTV Music Awards against Emma Watson at the Golden Globes. Who gets your vote? [Getty, Rex]
If you’re looking to the dawn of its creation, then consider Marques’Almeida – the LFW duo’s chiffon slips over rough-edged jeans couldn’t look more early noughties if they tried. Givenchy, Valentino and Roksanda Ilincic have offered chicer, tailored options you could wear to work. Should DIY outfit-construction be too much faff, simply focus in on the 2-in-1 pieces that have been stitched together for you: not widely available yet, but a flurry isn’t far off. There’s only one golden rule when it comes to skirts over trousers, and that’s to steer well clear of jersey. Cling is not king in this world – stick to structure. Now are you ready to put your skirt to work?
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