how to wear a short dress 4 different ways!

by Sylvia

how to wear a short dress 4 different ways |

I LOVE a versatile piece of clothing.

When I come across an item I like and I see countless ways that I can wear the piece, it makes for an easy buying decision.

That was the case with this striped dress.

Short striped dress worn over pants |

It’s made out of a stretchy material which makes it very comfortable to wear. The dress is short and came without a belt but I instantly saw its opportunities as a tunic. Since it has sleeves, it can be worn for warmer and cooler weather situations.

Blue striped dress with fuchsia pumps |

It can also be worn as a dress on its own, but since I’m one of those women who doesn’t particularly like to show the knees, I don’t think I will wear it much in this way unless I’m heading for a beach resort. I do like the look of the dress with these fuchsia kitten heels though.

I’m much more likely to wear this over pants. And I particularly like it with my bootcut Paige jeans. The belt gives the dress structure and I like this new silhouette that goes in and out.

A striped dress worn over bootleg jeans |

Wearing it over skinnies is another no-brainer for this dress. These are cropped skinny jeans from Uniqlo. Super comfortable and very easy to combine with your longer tops in spring and summer. The fuchsia accessories give the look some extra color which is good for my complexion.

Blue dress worn over cropped denim skinnies |

These whiter jeans are even wider but I really like this wide over wide silhouette at the moment. Of course it’s important to give your look structure which I’m doing with the belt. The heels help to give me some height and compared with the belt (which I belt quite high) it gives the appearance of nice long legs.

Short dress over wider white pants |

This dress is a great example of how one new items can instantly refresh your wardrobe. All other pieces in on this page are at least one year old.

Red, blue and white - a lovely combination |

Outfit details (only the dress in new)

Striped dress: In Good Company
Bootcut jeans: Paige
Skinny jeans: Uniqlo
Silver shoes: Lotus (comfortable option from Sofft)
Fuchsia shoes: Hogl (also like these)
Blue suede booties: Aura
Blue necklace: market in New York
Fuchsia necklace: In good company
Red necklace: Dogstar Clothing
Red bag: unbranded

Want to add some stripes to your wardrobe? Here are some shoppable online pieces (website only)

I’m curious, which of these 4 looks is your favorite?

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Hi Sylvia! My favorite is when you wear it as a dress, with pink heels. Beautiful! Second favorite: with cropped skinny jeans. But I loved seeing the different possibilities. Thank you!


Thank you Catherine!

Jodie filogomo

I had the three of us wear a dress over jeans a couple of weeks back on the blog, and most opinions were not of the positive variety!! But I think your example looks better than ours. Maybe I just need to try it with a different dress? I really like it with the skinny cropped jeans!


I still like the look and have done for years! Yes the right length and type is essential. It certainly does not work for every dress. In a way this dress was chosen specifically for this purpose.

Susan B.

I really like the dress-over-pants look, and have been keeping an eye out for a dress that would work for this look. Nice!


Happy searching!

Paula Henken

My favorite look was with the white wide legged jeans. A nice classic look with stripes and red. Nice pop.


Ah great to see that someone likes this look as well. Thanks for the kind feedback!


Beautifully styled✨Your hair looks great


Thanks Ann. A work in progress. I’m getting tired of it. Thinking of going short!


This is funny. You buy a dress which looks adorable as a dress as there is absolutely nothing wrong with your knees. But you prefer wearing it with trousers. I buy a dress which is really too short to wear it like that and am bummed because I have to wear it over trousers haha.
You look good in all pictures.


We all have our own quirks… I have worn this as a dress but still prefer it as a top!

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