Last Updated on 19th October 2013

Owing to its cyclical nature, every season, fashion brings back many dreams, not to mention disasters. The catwalks were once again awash this season with a stylistic reference to a bygone decade that would probably fall into the latter category: the nineties skirt-over-trouser trend.

Despite having the fashion heavyweights stamp the skirt trouser with their seal of approval we’re still not sure if we’re ready to embrace the trend in all it’s two-tiered glory. Are you? To make it a little easier, we weighed up the pros and cons of the skirt trouser…


  • It’s a chicer, tights-free way to cover up on frosty days, and allows you to show off those killer, newly purchased sandals to the max.
  • Although it may sound a little cringe worthy, but the skirt trouser is the ultimate 2-in-1 trend buster – cropped trousers and longer hemlines are new season favourites, and layering is all the rage right now.
  • It’s a DIY trend that can be moulded to personal preference – pair a dress over trousers instead of a skirt, and create your own versions by mixing up separates already in your wardrobe.


  • A fleeting trend: the renditions on the runways, although uber-desirable, may seem a little too off kilter for everyday wear. Probably one for the overwhelming trend tray.
  • Mental scarring from the nineties emergence of the skirt trouser means embracing the trend is still too painful. We blame Gwen.
  • Although the catwalk gave us long-line, silhouette skimming versions of the skirt trouser duo, layering in this way can add bulk if careful consideration isn’t given to dressing for your shape. Curvier frames may find this trend unflattering; given the flared-at-the-hip outerwear layering options championed this season.


If you’re looking to test-drive the trend without spending a high fashion fortune, check out the Merte trouser with skirt overlay (pictured above), £195, available at Reiss

Will you be championing the skirt trouser trend for autumn?

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