20 Years Later, This Unexpected Y2K Trend Is Making a Comeback

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Hold the phone because we have some news to share and don’t want to be interrupted: the dresses over pants trend is back. We spotted it at last month’s AAFW runway shows St Agni, Albus Lumen and Bianca Spender.

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Bianca Spender

In the early 2000s, celebrities like Anne Hathaway, Lindsay Lohan and Nicole Richie stepped out of black SUVs and onto the red carpet wearing mini dresses over jeans. You might have tried to replicate the look at the time, and since burned all photographic evidence of the attempts.

But now, we’re seeing this fashion “faux-pas” evolve with a quiet luxury feel. Today, the dress-over-pants trend uses silks and neutral colours, and is all about sleek (and not frumpy) silhouettes.

Lindsay Lohan Glamour Red Carpet - Dresses Over pants trend
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“The way this is different from the 2000s Paris Hilton era is by layering over tailored trousers or relaxed silk pants,” says Australian stylist Georgia Downe. “The materials should all feel expensive, and ideally the pants shouldn’t be denim. When recreating this trend from things you already own, the skirt or dress layered on top should either be the same colour or a similar neutral colour.”

With these tips in mind, we’ve put together an edit of pieces to help you nail the skirts and dresses over pants look.

Relaxed Fit Pants

Dazie The Stylist Relaxed Fit Pants, $79.99

y2k trends - Dazie The Stylist Relaxed Fit Pants

Unikspace Ida Silk Pants, $450

Unikspace - Ida Silk Pants - y2K

AERE Organic Silk Pleated Pants, $220

AERE Organic Silk Pleated pants - skirts over pants trends (1)

Lost In Lunar Sianna Pants, $109

Lost In Lunar Sianna Pants - skirts over pants trends

Layering Dresses

Atmos&Here Julianna Strapless Mini Dress, $69.99

Atmos&Here JUlianne Strapless Mini Dress - dresses over pants trends

By Johnny Strapless Wave Mini, $290

by johnny strapless wave mini - dresses over pants trends

Mossman The Lady Like Dress, $299.95

Mossman The Lady Like Dress - Dresses over pants trends

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