Wearing a short red dress over pants 2 different ways

by Sylvia

Red Armani exchange dress, white kookai pants

The short dress over pants is becoming a bit of a theme here at 40+ Style, which is mainly because I’m quite a fan of the style. Or, it is because I still feel like a 25 year old when I’m shopping and I actually believe that I can still wear these really short dresses by itself! 

With this particular dress, I actually love how the dress looked on me. I looked incredibly sexy in it and was infatuated by the design and the color. In the shop I actually made myself believe that I would wear the dress by itself (the dress surely is not that short!) but in the back of my head I already knew that I would probably wear in it in different ways. I can actually still remember having those thought going through my head in the shop at that time!

white wide pants and red armani exchange dress

This dress is actually quite versatile. Because of the big elastic band at the bottom you can easily lift it up higher and wear is as a regular top as shown top right. In some cases you could also tuck it in. Here, I actually enjoyed wearing it  as a dress / tunic over my white wide legged pants. The red hat adds some extra fashion to the look!

how to wear a short dress over pants

All photos were taken in front of the elephants displayed here in Singapore as part of the international elephants parade fund raiser. This initiative which was started by father and son team Marc and Mike Spits and started off in The Netherlands. It has toured several countries since 2007 and to date has raised more than $10,000,000 in support of the survival of the Asian elephant. A remarkable achievement! If you like to know more or want to assist, you can visit the Elephants Parade website.

short dress worn 2 different ways

All photos were taken by my friend and photographer Sabine Fink, who also took some of the pictures in my 40 plus models shoot.  She managed to take some wonderful pictures from little old me. Photographing in Singapore is always a challenge with the harsh light and bright sun and we didn’t bring any special equipment or lighting. She did have some fun with post editing though by adding some special filters, like film leaks.

Red dress and red elephant

Dress: Armani Exchange
Pants: Kookai
Shoes: Players
Necklace: China market
Hat: Singapore market

Want to see what some other fabulous ladies are wearing, then head on over to Visible Monday and the Monday Mingle.

Has the elephants parade been in your town yet? How often do you wear dresses over pants?

All photos by Sabine Fink, from Fifo Photo.

1 Suzanne

You look so cute – and happy! I believe that how a garment makes you feel is even more important than how it looks. If I found a dress that made me feel “incredibly s*xy” I would HAVE to buy it! I am too short (5’1″) to wear a dress over wide pants but I would wear it over thicker leggings or super skinny jeans. I might even be brave enough to try it with tights and over-the-knee boots. 🙂
I love the color and shape of this dress. Your new hat is awesome and the red heels – HOT!
I adore those elephants. The Elephant Parade has not been to the USA yet but I hope it is coming. I want to see them.

2 Sylvia

I should do an article on dressing for shorter height some time. See if I can find a good model for that…. Although I do get the impression that you already know what is working for you! Hope the elephants come to you soon. They sure are cute.

3 Patti @ NotDeadYet Style

Sylvia, you look simply fabulous in your red dress and white trousers. I agree that the dress/tunic/top will be versatile too! And thanks so much for linking up to Visible Monday, it’s wonderful to have you with us : >

4 Sylvia

Thanks Patti. I haven’t really worn the red dress all that much even though it’s been in my closet for quite some time. But it’s amazing how many outfits you can produce from your existing closet when you really start playing with it and have fun!

5 Nanne

This look is so great on you, but like Suzanne I’m too short to wear a dress over wide pants:)

6 Sylvia

Thanks Nanne. I will post my favorite looks for short people some time. Or perhaps I get to see yours soon!

7 Jeannie

You look fabulous in your red!! I love love the hat on you. Photos are stunning! I’m also guilty in thinking I can wear clothes my daughter would wear…until the reality kicks in, that is. 🙂

8 Sylvia

Thanks Jeannie. I’m more aware of it now, although I must say I’m sometimes tempted. Luckily there is so much we can still do to look stylish and glamorous and young at heart!

9 my thrifty closet

very nice colors, I love red and white, very refreshing colors. And the hat is fabulous! A simple yet chic outfit! The necklace is pretty. I like the location too, the sculpture looks interesting. The red elephant has a chinese word “Ai” which means love, great color!


10 Sylvia

Yes, that colour red has proven to look good on me and I’m currently a bit in a red phase. More red outfits coming up! Thanks for letting me know the meaning of the Chinese word on the elephants. Now I know what the word means, I love the picture even more!

11 Anne @ The Frump Factor

You know, I don’t think I’ve ever worn a dress over pants! I’m growing to love the look, though, as I see it on others. How wonderful you look in those vibrant colors! That light could be so harsh and unforgiving, but you look great.

12 Sylvia

Thanks Anne, I love wearing dresses over pants. Still gives me a chance to buy those short dresses 🙂 And I love my wide pants too. Just bought a new pair of wide red ones which will be featured soon..

13 Debbi@SheAccessorizesWell

You look just beautiful in the red dress and white pants. I love the look of white pants but am not brave enough to wear them.
I so enjoyed seeing the elephant parade. I haven’t heard of it before.

14 Sylvia

Perhaps you should try? I’m such a big fan of white. It lifts up almost any outfit. I also have winter white pants which I’m looking forward to wearing in December! You should try get the elephants to where you live…

15 Paula

I love short dresses/skirts and however I can wear them, like the look you are sporting, is ok in my book! Love this look, especially with the wide legged pants. I’ve worn dress/tunic with straight pants or leggings–but not with the wide legged ones~

16 Sylvia

I feel the same way! You should try it sometime. Wear with high heels for nice long legs!

17 WendyB

I adore your red hat!

18 Sylvia

Thanks Wendy. It’s a very light cheap hat, actually. But that’s perfect for Singapore!

19 Nicole Feliciano

Love it! That dress is too cute to leave in the closet! Thanks so much for linking up to Monday Mingle!

20 Sylvia

Thanks Nicole!

21 The Style Confessions

Oh bright sunlight is very difficult isn’t it! You look wonderful though. I love the photos and the outfit is really elegant yet fun and stylish. I’ve usually pair short dresses with leggings, but I live in a culture (every city has it’s own culture I believe) that is very open about short skirts on pretty much anyone.

22 Sylvia

Thanks. With a bit of editing, I can usually come up with a nice shot… I wear short skirts / dresses occasionally as well and nobody would mind. It’s just that I feel more stylish now when my skirts are a bit longer…

23 Greetje

Very, very nice. Photographs, hat, shoes, trousers, elephants. I probably would have done without the necklace, especially wearing this great hat, but that is only a matter of taste, no critisism. And if you don’t want the dress anymore, ship it to me please. I will pay for the stamps hahaha. Love it!

24 Sylvia

Thanks Greetje!

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