How To Layer A Dress Over Pants

woman wearing a dress over pants

Each season during fashion week, we are presented with new runway trends. We see them firsthand sitting front row at the shows and often on the streets, thanks to our favorite style setters, who get to wear certain pieces right off the runway. In turn, the whole experience leaves us wanting to experiment with our very own wardrobes. But try as we might, there are just some trends that take extra special guidance to properly pull off.

The latest perplexing fashion idea? Wearing a dress over pants. On a cool spring day, when the weather isn’t quite warm enough for bare legs or when you have a dress that is too short to be office appropriate, layering it over a pair of pants is a chic alternative. Still, the combination can look messy if not done correctly.

So in an attempt to help you pull off this ever-so-cool pairing, we turned to a few of our very own experts for their styling secrets. According to our stylists, it all starts with finding the right pant, preferably in black or a darker hue. From there, you can pair the bottom with a number of dresses without having to think twice. But what is the difference between the right and wrong pant? Read below as owner Kelly Campbell and stylist Alysha D. and Aaron O break it down for you.

Look For A Streamlined Pant 

"The pant you wear for this look shouldn’t have too many belt loops, pockets, or pleats," says Alysha. “This way there are no bumps or lumps under your dress.” 

Layer With Leggings 

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Kelly turned to Celine RTW for inspiration. "Layering with a really thin legging-like pant (I call it a tregging) underneath is another option that will do the trick.” 

Keep Things Loose

Aaron suggests an oversize look: “I would keep the top and pants equally loose, so you create a roomy look that flows well together.” 



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Hygge Tips for Your Winter Wardrobe

Fashion folks, meet hygge. (Pronunciation: hoo-gah.) Denmark’s concept of supreme coziness and comfort has taken the world of interiors by storm. 

But the concept of hygge doesn’t just apply to your home. As I learned in the cute hygge reference book, The Little Book of Hygge: Danish Secrets to Happy Living, by the CEO of the Happiness Research Institute, Meik Wiking, you can hygge anything. Your tea can be hygge’d. Your cocktail, hygge’d. Even your winter activities can be hygge’d. Most importantly for the fashion fanatics out there, your wardrobe can be hygge’d—and delightfully so.

Concepts at the core of hygge fashion, according to Wiking, include scarfs, woolen socks, plenty of layers, and a styling concept he calls “top bulky.”

Here are some suggestions as to how to hygge-ify your style while still staying true to the season’s obsessions.

Embrace Head-to-Toe Knits





  Don’t Deny Yourself Comfy Socks

  A Scarf Is a Must

Try Faux Fur with Everything

Keep Your Legs Cosy Too

Wrap Things Up

Kelly Wollf has lots of Hygge Chic styles in our two locations -- just off Whyte at 8239 104 Street and Londonderry Mall (lower level by Coles bookstore).
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How Buying $200 Pants Can Ultimately Save You Money

It's tempting to spend $40 on a pair of pants from a cheap store. Don't do it. Why?  Because those pants will cost you too much money. Let me explain...

Let's say you do spend $40 on a pair of pants. You might wear them once a week for a month. But because they wear out quickly, pull at the seams, fade when you wash them and probably drape in an unflattering way, you'll only wear them only twice next month. That's 6 wears or $6.67 per wear. If you buy a pair of $40 pants 6 times in a year you will have spent $240 dollars on pants you can no longer wear (and probably stay in your closet and take up room!).  

If, however, you spent $200 on a pair of quality, lightweight, awesome fabric pants that fit you ideally and that will wear without conspicuous signs of use, I am pretty certain you will wear those pants once a week for at least two years. That's 104 wears or $1.92 a wear!  In essence the cheap pants cost you more than three times as much as the higher priced ones!  And that does not even include paying yourself for the time and effort it takes to go and shop for new pants all the time.  

Buying cheap is like buying disposable clothing.  Yes, it might hurt to hand over the money for quality items, but over time, it will ultimately save you money!  



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Rule of Bum: a girl's guide to wearing leggings

Now that Winter is almost here and the promise of cooler days just a weather report away, leggings are out in full force. Maybe it's the influence of celebs like Lindsay Lohan (consider your role models, ladies!), but I can't help but notice all the seemingly sensible women stepping out of doors wearing leggings in lieu of pants. The number of sightings is truly disturbing. With the legging trend still going strong, I thought it our duty to remind wayward fashionistas how to wear them and, most importantly, how not to wear them.


Leggings are:  

Let's get one thing straight: leggings, tights, which like fishnets, thigh-highs and Spanx, are another category of hosiery. Hosiery is an undergarment. Self-explanatory, no? Now having arrived at this critical juncture, I will concede to a few instances in which wearing tights as pants is acceptable: namely if you are a dancer, under the age of 12 or wearing a Halloween costume. Now that we've cleared that up, let's talk how amazing and versatile leggings are on their own merit. You can wear them with a button-down long shirt belted around the waist and ankle boots. Or with flats and a long blazer. This is a sharp and classy look but still very comfortable. It's safe to proclaim that tops should, in almost all cases, be long enough to cover the buttocks when wearing leggings.

Jeggings are:

THE BEST things ever invented as long as you follow the rules - jeggings are NOT pants, and as long as your butt and any hint of camel toe are covered you are laughing. Even if your jeggings do err quite comfortably on the jean side of the equation, very few of us can actually get away with pairing them with a short top. Good luck to you if you can. For the rest of us, longer tops are our jegging friends. What you are aiming to do here is balancing proportions in your outfit. When you balance the slim structure of the jeggings and flowy unstructured in the top, it's a winning combo. You can then create shape using a jacket - and yes the jacket should be shorter than the top to achieve this.  Pair your look with a substantial heel, a chunky bootie, or tall boot.

Treggings are:

Really it's just a Kelly-ism that means Trousers and Leggings combined. I think I used to call them cigarette pants but I don't think cigarettes are good for you even in a pant!  What is also means that a Tregging IS a pant so it is okay to wear these fashionable gems with a shorter top, if you wish. Keep in mind body type and proportion is essential but most shapes can wear this type of style. I'm pairing mine with a blazer and a pair of lace up booties!


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Use Coffee Grounds Instead of Salt on Slippery Sidewalks

Sprinkling your sidewalk with salt is a must during our Spring season.  It's +5 in the day and -5 at night.  I don't want to complain for the melt-freeze cycle, but if you’ve just run out of salt--and don’t want to make a hardware store run--here’s a nifty trick.

What you need: Leftover coffee grounds from a few morning brews and a freshly-shoveled sidewalk.

What you do: Sprinkle the grounds along the walkway (as you would with salt).

Why it works: Like sand and salt, the grounds give you extra footing for safer stepping. Plus, the acid helps ice melt faster.  Extras bonuses are coffee grounds are biodegradable and smell nice too!

So? Consider it an excuse to drink more java!

Kelly Campbell
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Finally! You Can Now Buy Barbies In Tall, Petite and Curvy Sizes

When we were younger, we kinda idolized Barbie. Between the clothes and the houses, the Corvettes and the hunky BF (call us, Ken), girlfriend had it all. Well, everything except a realistically-attainable body. 


Barbie has courted controversy since her birth on March 9th, 1959. Her creator, Ruth Handler, based Barbie’s body on a German doll called Lilli, a prostitute gag gift handed out at bachelor parties. Her proportions were designed accordingly. When Handler introduced Barbie (named after her daughter Barbara) in 1959 at the New York Toy Fair, her male competitors laughed her out of the room: nobody, they insisted, would want to play with a doll with breasts.


That's why we were thrilled to hear that for the first time in its 57 year history, Barbie has gotten a body makeover--announced by a TIme Magazine cover no less. In addition to the impossibly-proportioned original, you can now you can buy the doll in tall, petite and curvy sizes. The company hopes that the new dolls, with their diverse body types, along with the new skin tones and hair textures introduced last year, will more closely reflect their young owners’ world. 

To which we say, hell yeah! 

Kelly Campbell
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How Freezing Your Tights Will Change Your Whole Freakin' Life

Those opaque bad boys are a lifesaver when you are craving Spring in January…if only they stayed run-free for longer than, oh, a day. Good thing there’s a super-easy trick for extending the life of your tights.

You freeze them.

Yes, it sounds crazy, but hear us out: The next time you buy a new pair (and before you wear them), run them under water until they’re damp. Then place them in a plastic bag and freeze overnight. Take them out and give them a day to defrost and thaw out.

You only need to do this once--after that, you’re good to go. The chilly temps firm and strengthen the individual fibers of your tights, making them less susceptible to runs later on.

And you thought your freezer was only meant for green onions and your vodka!

Kelly Campbell
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One Fashion Rule You Should Never Ever Break

Time and time again ladies all around the world break this one fashion cardinal rule:  Buy the Outfit

I hear it all the time! I bought the skirt (or pant, or top or....) and I have nothing to wear with it!  This is THE rule that you should not break! Perhaps buying the outfit is more expensive on the outset, but seriously what good is a skirt you bought on sale if you have no way of wearing it?  Find the outfit and buy the outfit.

What to do if you have broken the rule?  Or what do you do if you followed the rule and the matching pieces were eaten by rabid squirrels?

You bring your orphan pieces into C'est Sera and we help you build an outfit.  Any day.  Free of charge.  So bring us your orphaned and we will make you happier than Annie!

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