Culled from Paris, Pt. II

And this time, I’m wearing a big ass skirt over my pants.


Second in line in that series I told you I’d install is another styling cue I picked up from overseas that has nothing to do with trench coats and pencil skirts unless you consider the power of layering one that transcends the boundaries of silhouette.

A slight allusion to a story like this probably showed itself when on Monday of last week I paired a shin-length white dress with white jeans and called it “fresh.” It paraded itself in ass-less chaps last Thursday when I wouldn’t shut up about Ellery’s latest collection. Re the former, was I right? Maybe. Have I just taken it too far? No such thing.

When Dries van Noten first sent his Fall/Winter models down a runway wearing beige, red and blue striped pants under knee-length skirts (only later to confirm that they were actually one piece), I should have known I might want to make like a Scot and kilt come October, but it took really getting into the proper headspace and considering my surroundings to draw that finite conclusion. I think it started over the summer when I accidentally tried a dress on over jeans and surmised that I loved the way it looked. I didn’t do much with it but I was pleased.

Then at Fashion Week in New York, Steven Alan offered his own hat off to a skirt-over-pants which inexplicably also reminds me that though there is no factual evidence or proof of the following, the speculator in me wants to assume that Jenna Lyons is totally vetting in favor of this trend, too. That alone is reason to pursue.

But see, the apex of my hunger to try a skirt over pants presented itself in but another street style slideshow featuring none other than the loosely anterior Yasmin Sewell wearing another version of our mutual Nicholas Kirkwood pumps, giving ChloΓ©’s ethereal fall skirt a run for its femininity while paired with jeans and a green top.


So what did I do? Copy and paste. Duh. Though this story did not need the help of a pair of scissors, it certainly did require that I take control over my fashion balls and let me add a new bullet point to the list of fashion risks I’ve taken.

But what do you think? Like it? Hate it? Just lie.


Uniqlo blouse, Tibi skirt, Paige Denim jeans, Christian Louboutin heels, Pamela Love choker and Dannijo bracelets.

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  • Liz

    I think the only way I can get behind skirts over pants (besides if Jenna Lyons says I should) is if the skirt has some sheerness or if the pants and skirt are the same color.

    • Chantal B


    • liv

      Yes, I completely see your vision.

    • Zaitsev

      Sure Sure, you start out innocently with a skirt over pants and the next thing that you know, you are down on Canal Street trying to score a burka. Don’t let this heinous trend take over your life. You don’t need that much coverage unless it is 40 below. In fact, the last time I saw this trend was in 1963 when when I went to catholic school and we wore wool leggings under our uniforms in the cold.

  • Wonderful! It’s 100% not for me, but the styling is so whimsical and sweet with the right touch of edge (maybe it’s the demin, or the red pointed heels…) that it works as an outfit. Reminds me of the Britney era of short skirts over flared jeans… but much much more sophisticated!

  • not sure how i feel about wearing a skirt over your pants but i do love the shoes x

  • Muslim women have been wearing skirts with pants for a long time. I think there is too much fabric involved that my legs would feel suffocated.

    • Leandra Medine

      It also just occurred to me that I would put leggings under my skirts when I was in day school and that was the dresscode and now I don’t feel as hot about the look as I did

      • Of course back in school, I did not like this look, but now that it’s been popularized on the runway, it’s growing on me.

      • diane

        This reminds me of having to wear pants under our Halloween costumes when it was cold when I was growing up in New York! The pants so ruined the look I was going for.

      • Quinn

        Modest is hottest

      • shirelle

        was just going to say. This reminds me of my orthodox high school days. As soon as we made the -pant under the skirt look- too trendy, my principal said it was not “tzniut” and we had to either wear tights or socks that cover the leg in a way that it wouldnt be noticible if we were wearing leggings (as apposed to socks over pants)
        naturally, this look isnt as “cool” to me anymore.

    • Passant

      Yes here, in Egypt, we have dresses/ skirts. Bermudas over pants, just name it, but it’s a matter of how you’ll pull it off, if you’ll feel it you can diff wear it..

  • CarolinaG

    Love your shoes!!!
    I’m posting looks from L.A. and accessories:

  • 10/10 A+ love. Much like genetics and its effects on shoe preferences (Horsebit Irony,etc etc), isn’t Yasmin Sewell’s style a gift that keeps on giving?

  • Amanda Kurtz

    I think that if you are going to attempt a skirt over pants statement that it has to have either a ton of edge with leather pants and a floaty sheer skirt or be completely off the cuff with mismatching. But either way, it seems a bit too grade school dress code to me. Like, when my daughter has to wear shorts under her skirt in order to play at recess.

  • The_Fashion_Panda

    You look great in that very special look and I love love love your shoes!

  • Une petite Bruxelloise

    I find it a very interesting combination…it doesn’t look as good as in your “inspiration” photo, but I guess this is a fault of your skirt not of you πŸ™‚ Maybe something puffier next time!



  • Didi Ramirez

    The only time I remember wearing pants under a skirt was during the dead of winter. I wore it because it was -10ΒΊ outside and wanted to keep my legs. I remember doing everything possible to conceal them. Why? Because its a very clunky look. I wouldn’t say I hate the look but its not my favorite.

    I am loving the shoes and the full skirt!! Hooray for longer, Hepburn-skirt lengths!

  • Lina

    Love it! Don’t think I’d have the balls to do it, though.

  • Hereshoping Themayanswereright

    I think you can get away with anything due to your colt-like adorabilty and impishness, but for most of us this would be a no-no. The bulk factor alone would make me look like a house.

  • JS

    You styled it well. And yes, you usually do look good in anything, MR! πŸ™‚

  • I like that yours are a skinnier pant version!

  • lola

    It’s great on you, but you’re a tall slim jim. The red shoes really pull it off. πŸ™‚

  • How do you do it? I love it on you, and I might try it at home, but I don’t think I can pull it off…

  • Ines and Alia

    I love the way you break fashion rules over and over again!

  • brunetteletters

    loving the skirt and shoes!! not so sure about the pants underneath though haha πŸ˜‰

  • L

    I once bought a pants/skirt combo from TJ Maxx in 5th grade. I think i still have that somewhere….

  • LOVE IT. I’m all for any trend that allows me to wear a girly skirt without freezing my ass off. Keep doing this please, make it a universally-accepted thing.

  • margot

    i love doing that but my guy doesn’t like it.

  • And outfits like this are exactly why you are the best. Now it’s my turn to try this on…watch out, college.

    Your Friend, Jess

  • Dana Mannarino

    You might be the only person in the world to really pull this look off!

    xx Dana
    Pink Champagne Problems

  • Bongani Tau

    I remember posting about how you wanted to try out this look. You did mercy on it. Bravo!

  • Emily

    jeans over skirts, skirts over jeans, asses and big things, all i could see were the red shoes. they are everything.

  • Aubrey Green

    I like it. The shoes are AMAZING (if you are ever feeling sick of your shoes, we wear the same size and I will gladly take them off your hands πŸ™‚ – speaking of your shoe size, you have small feet for being 5’8″ – which basically makes you perfect)

    Is your shirt from the men’s section, or women’s?

  • Hey Leandra, as I was a little girl, my mother always put me in dresses with pants underneath! As I was grown up, I hated that because other girls laughed about my “special look”. Actually, my mom don’t want me to get a cold, and didn’t think about the style. Cause in the village where she grown up in Turkey (we live in Germany now and I was born here) all of the women wears dresses that way. I. Really. Hated. That!!! And now, I’m thinking as Karl Lagerfeld said: ONLY STUPID PEOPLE, NEVER CHANGE THEIR OPINION. Now I changed πŸ˜‰
    I really like it and I would wear that exactly like this!
    But what would my mother say today?….. Hahahaha

  • Addison Joel Butler

    Take those pants off you look ridiculous

  • This is a wonderful idea. We love it!

  • Those red heels are so sexy!

    Mafalda ❀

  • Hudson Berry

    I die

  • Heelskillmyfeet

    But what shoes do you *really* walk around the city in? Please, please, please tell me you put some sort of less pointy and tall things on first. Please, because I sorta feel like a failure of a woman…..

  • Bloomaglow

    I mean I don’t know but you really make everything look interesting You wear it very well. Would I try it? Probably no; but I like it on you!!

  • This would definitely keep my legs warmer in the winter. Practical AND right in the man-repelling wheelhouse!

  • This is perfect for winter. Especially during my womanly time of the month when my ovaries need some extra caring.

  • I kind of love it! Even though you copied the look of someone else, that’s what we all do! I think both looks are unexpectedly chic

    xo, Nina

  • JiaoJiao

    Love it! With out the skirt, the outfit would be fine, but YOU’RE A MAN REPELLER! Adding the skirt is the cherry on top, the frosting on a cake, and the repellent of men! At the same time, it is a women attracter, and I absolutely love it! The best part is that you didn’t pair a multi-colored or patterned skirt over the jeans. I think that would have been too much going on, but if you had the striped shirt with printed or or colored jeans under with a blank, white or black, shin length skirt you’d look awesome! Agree… disagree?

  • Tina

    I think her skirt looked good with pants because it was quite sheer and light and also quite detailed with texture and pattern.. But yours is a solid black and really just looks like you’re trying on a pair of jeans underneath. Not hating I love your style to death but I’m not very good with lying! x

  • ivana

    little bit overdressed

  • Marta Pozzan

    You are so winning in this.

  • Lucy Ashford

    GORGEOUS!! the graffiti in the back is esp fitting to the rest of your style ; ) looks great !

  • I remember years ago wearing skirt and trousers, they came as one-piece, the skirt was attached to the trousers. I had one in black and powdered blue, they made me feel like the coolest girl ever. The skirt however was a lot shorter

  • claudia

    Love the shoes so much! Your outfits are always great so different and original!

  • Dalal93

    People might find it odd, but I think it’s so spiffy and nice!
    Loved your outfit Leandra xoxo

  • Tamara

    This does not look at all comfortable. Shirt, skirt, jeans, all layered around your waist. Why add so many inches and so much bulk? How does it all stay in place without shifting around? And what happens to that skirt when you sit? Does it bunch up? Sorry, I gotta vote no on this one…

  • zoe_whip

    What must you go through just to pee!

  • RedsBoutique

    This is brilliant, I love how it all flows, even down to the shoes.

  • Moni

    Beautiful shoes!! but you didn’t do them up…?

  • Helly C

    I am not crazy about this trend but on you it looks fabulous. It’s all about the person who wears it. The shoes and jeans are absolutely stunning!

  • John

    Leandra is ahead of the curve – girl knows her stuff! This was in the Times today:

  • Sharon Pate

    The marriage between a pair of pants and a skirt or dress is best when the pants material offers a nice contrast with the skirt. A pair of light-fabric pants would work best layered under a skirt made of a heavier textile. I also believe the shoe choice is extremely important. Stay away from heavier shoes to ensure your silhouette remains proportionate.

  • The Adventures of S

    i love the wackiness of it!!

  • Hayley Mitchell-Gardner

    i love this, putting a skirt over trousers. I think its awesome and will deffo be trying it out!

    Hayley xx

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  • illa

    I really love this idea. How itΒ΄s possible didnt try it before? soo simple and great at the same time!

  • Maudi

    LM love this…my take, I wanna wear a skirt, but not really!

  • Linda Simone Somoa

    Interesting. This outfit might not work if it weren’t for the shoes.