When Kristen Stewart wore pale jade colored Chanel pants under a dress at the Venice Film Festival last week, commented on Stewart stylist Tara Swennen's Instagram page added:" She looks great, but it looks likemake sure she is wearing pajamas. Chanel really?
But now, as normal life emerges, the style - a Western appropriation of shalwar kameez - has become the first post-pandemic trend. Dubbed "double duty" by Harper 's Bazaar, the silhouette, which has also been seen on the runways at Louis Vuitton and Fendi, speaks of our hybrid lives and the liminal state we still find ourselves in when it s. 'acts to think about our clothes after 18 pandemic month .
"With the scars that the pandemic has left on society, we're going to see extreme contradictions occur in the marketplace in our approach to shopping and apparel, ”says Lorna Hall, director of fashion intelligence at trend forecaster WGSN.
Joanne Thomas, color expert Coloro, adds:" Low-risk consumers favor comfort, value per garment and versatility, "which speaks volumes about the appeal of the dual duty trend.
Odrum fashion historian Professor Alison Go thinks the pants dress is used to cover our bets while we return to the world of work ." This allows us to bridge the gap between informal and formal clothing and starting to re-engage with stitching and belts in a relatively forgiving way. It's a look that's kind of a safety net, bringing together the practicalities of pants with the versatility of the overlay. “reference to the area between our underwear and our outwear.” She says that Stewart's outfit demonstrates the recent attraction between our public beings and privities and the boundaries that separate the areas of our family and professional life are becoming less and less clearly defined.
Even before the pandemic changed our shopping habits , the outfit has been a mainstay of fashion because its design is unexpected. The idea of wearing dresses and pants together rewrites the visual language of clothing and the way we normally put our ensembles together.
"In this scenario, the pants don't are more designed as simple "separate " but, instead, they become combined garments with which to create new silhouettes and lines, "says Goodrum," [and] the same goes for the dress. "
The combination outfit, which has been worn throughout fashion history by such figures as the early women's rights defenders Amelia Bloomer , Ginger Rogers, Gwen Stefani and others who questioned the roles traditionals of the sexes, now means a new era of gender- neutral wear .
For Goodrum, this is a sign that "post-gender dressage" has arrived. “When in the past, very precisely, pants were considered clothing for men and dresses were exclusively for women, there were always outliers that challenged this order,” she says. “Stewart's gaze highlights the complexities of growing up in modern life.