10 Celebrity Looks That Prove Pants and Dresses Make the Perfect Pairing

Jennifer Hudson
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When it comes to perfect fashion pairings, the classics that first come to mind include skirts and sweaters, Oxfords and blazers, or white tees and jeans. But now, thanks to a slew of style-savvy stars, there's a new classic combo in the making—dresses and pants. Traditionally, they've existed as mutually exclusive pieces (as in, you either wear a dress or a top and pants—but not both), but ever since Emma Watson turned heads at the Golden Globes last year in her dress-and-pant pairing by Dior, instances of the pairings have cropped up on the runways, the red carpet, and the streets. And we have the celebrity proof to back that up—below, we've rounded up 10 looks that prove pants and dresses make quite a pair.

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Diane Kruger

Diane Kruger at the 2015 Vanity Fair Oscar Party
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For the 2015 Academy Awards after party, Kruger took the monochromatic trend to the next level with this siren-red Donna Karen design that featured a one-shoulder gown and a pair of matching tailored trousers.

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Kiernan Shipka

67th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards - Kiernan Shipka
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Shipka's Dior Haute Couture look was impossibly cool despite the 90-degree heat wave during Emmys night. She balanced a girly off-the-shoulder floral brocade number with sleek black pants.

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Elizabeth Banks

Elizabeth Banks
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Banks put an end to the gown versus pants debate and chose to wear both for The Hunger Games: Mockingjay, Part 2 UK premiere. She went for a metallic graphic Razan Alazzouni gown that was cut to reveal a sleek pair of black pants underneath. The finishing touches? Marli diamond earrings, a Pasquale Bruni ring, an Edie Parker clutch, and black Casadei pumps.

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Jordana Brewster

Jordana Brewster
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Brewster styled her strapless black tunic with a matching pair of satin pants. The effect? On-trend sophistication with an edge.

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Diane Kruger

Diane Kruger

The fashion risk-taker maximized drama in a Monique Lhuillier design, featuring a cerulean blue high-low gown with royal blue pants.

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The singer matched her black lace Givenchy dress with a pair of matching wide-leg trousers.

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Olivia Palermo

Olivia Palermo and Johannes Huebl
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Palermo made a date night out of a movie screening of Spectre, selecting to wear a sleek off-the-shoulder Tibi dress with a pair of wide-leg pants. So elegant, yet so modern.

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Diane Kruger

MET Gala 2015
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Kruger's affinity for the dress-and-pant combo knows no bounds—at the 2015 Met Gala, she wore a strapless embellished tunic with sheer lace pants by Chanel.

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Chrissy Teigen

Chrissy Teigen And Kaitlyn Bristowe On "Extra"
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The dress-pant pairing works in casual settings as well—Teigen made a statement on the set of Extra earlier this year in a crisp white draped shirt dress that revealed black skinnies underneath. Her shoe of choice? Black suede Giuseppe Zanotti open-toe booties.

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Jennifer Hudson

Jennifer Hudson
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OK, this is more of a skirt than a dress, but the idea is the same. Hudson worked her curves in a bustier top and black skinnies with a dramatic ball gown skirt.

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