How To Wear An Evening Dress In Freezing Temperatures

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When there’s a foot of snow on the ground, getting dressed for a fabulous cocktail party or a hot date can be challenging to say the least. Thankfully the Paris haute couture shows answered a sartorial question we’ve long asked: Can you layer pants under a cocktail dress? According to one of our EIC Rachel Zoe’s favorite designers, Giambattista Valli, the answer is yes. His couture collection was inspired by Janis Joplin who famously layered boho dresses with pants. Giamba’s modern interpretation paid attention to proportions, layering voluminous full skirts with fit-and-flare pants. We’re thrilled to have a warm and edgy option in winter dressing.

Giambattista Valli SS15 Haute Couture

Hot off the Paris runways, these looks inspire chic, glamorous layers to combat the cold.

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Giambattista Valli SS15 Haute Couture

Giambattista Valli SS15 Haute Couture

Giambattista Valli SS15 Haute Couture

Giambattista Valli SS15 Haute Couture

Giambattista Valli SS15 Haute Couture

Get The Look

Pairing bootcut pants with heels that elongate the body is key to successfully layering pants under a dress. If you keep the clothing monochromatic, be sure to add a pop of color with statement accessories.

Long Ombre-Beaded Tassel Earrings

Oscar de la Renta

Spacer Cuff

Rebecca Taylor

Phyllie Tulle Silk Mini Dress

House Of Holland

High Heel Bootie with Zip

Zara

Alba Satin-Twill Bootcut Pants

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