So Julianne Hough Tried The Dress Over Pants Thing — Let’s Discuss

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Celebs are often the first to give runway looks a spin, so we weren’t surprised to see the dress-over-pants runway trend, brought back to life by Raf Simons for Dior’s spring ready-to-wear and couture collections, reappear on the red carpet.

Emma Watson debuted the layered look in all-black Dior at The Perks of Being a Wallflower London premiere last fall, and the daring look later popped up on another always-ahead-of-the-curve star when Marion Cotillard paired her pants with a center-slit ball gown, also by Dior.

Though other stars have tried the dress-pants pairing on the red carpet every now and then, there’s a reason its a rare sighting — it’s hard to pull off. The proportions have to be just right to avoid the layered look from appearing bulky, mismatched or just plain weird.

Unfortunately, Julianne Hough’s attempt at the tricky trend for the New York premiere of Safe Haven demonstrates why this look requires some serious styling chops.

While we applaud the Dancing with the Star alum for taking risks on the red carpet, the proportions of her monochromatic gray separates were off. The past-the-knee George Hobeika dress looked messy with with the tailored ankle-length trousers, and the vibe of the feminine floral-embroidered frock and the office-appropriate front-pleat pants clashed.

Hough’s ensemble would have worked better by losing the embroidery on the dress, shortening it several inches, and layering skinnies underneath for a more streamlined and flattering look.

But hey, that’s just our take. What did you think of Julianne Hough’s dress-over-pants look at the Safe Haven premiere last night? Share your take below.

Check out more of Julianne Hough’s looks from her Safe Haven promo tour here.

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