Gigi Hadid Demonstrates How to Wear a Sweater Dress Over Jeans—the Chic Way

It looks a lot more elevated than you remember.

Gigi Hadid walks in New York City wearing a guest in residence sweater dress over jeans
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Fresh off of showing the world how reinvent a French manicure at the 2024 Met Gala, Gigi Hadid is back on her casual outfit beat with a new styling lesson in tow. This time, it's how to really wear a dress over jeans in 2024.

Dresses over jeans—or pants of any form—have always been a quasi-controversial look that brings the early 2000s to mind. But in New York City on Wednesday, May 8, Hadid made the polarizing layers look much more approachable (possibly with help from her stylist, Mimi Cuttrell). On the bottom, she wore a loose-fitting pair of denim similar to jeans she's worn on recent walks around Manhattan. On top, she added a Guest in Residence polo sweater dress. Things got interesting in the middle, where she unbuttoned the floor-dusting cardigan halfway.

Gigi Hadid leaves her car in pointed toe flats and a sweater dress

Gigi Hadid walks in New York City wearing a surprising combination: a sweater dress over jeans.

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Hadid finished up her casual-yet-polished outfit with a few of her closet staples: silver necklaces, square sunglasses, charm-adorned heels, and her Miu Miu Arcadie bag.

When she's darting from her apartment to her brand's headquarters, or heading out on a date with boyfriend Bradley Cooper, Hadid will often pull from the racks of her knitwear brand, Guest in Residence. (She is her brand's best ambassador, after all.) On other days, this outfit could have come together with a classic crewneck or polo sweater. The model made it much more interesting by layering her sweater dress on top of her jeans—and then unbuttoning it so it functions more like a spring jacket.

Gigi Hadid wears a sweater dress over her jeans with heels and a miu miu bag

Hadid's sweater dress ended up functioning like a spring jacket—but from the back, onlookers couldn't tell that it was unbuttoned.

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It'll take many more sightings in street style for Hadid's throwback outfit to become a bona fide trend. But dresses over pants have legs in celebrities' wardrobes: Earlier this year, Kendall Jenner also wore a dress over coordinating pants. On the New York and Copenhagen Fashion Week runways, labels from FFORME to Ganni have dressed models in matching dress-and-pant sets. At the very least, Hadid's outfit is a sign that the unlikely pairing is worth a second look (and maybe a test-drive).

Halie LeSavage
Senior News Editor (Fashion & Beauty)

Halie LeSavage is the senior fashion and beauty news editor at Marie Claire, where she assigns, edits, and writes stories for both sections. Halie is an expert on runway trends, celebrity style, emerging fashion and beauty brands, and shopping (naturally). In over seven years as a professional journalist, Halie’s reporting has ranged from fashion week coverage spanning the Copenhagen, New York, Milan, and Paris markets, to profiles on industry insiders including stylist Alison Bornstein and J.Crew womenswear creative director Olympia Gayot, to breaking news stories on noteworthy brand collaborations and beauty launches. (She can personally confirm that Bella Hadid’s Ôrebella perfume is worth the hype.) She has also written dozens of research-backed shopping guides to finding the best tote bags, ballet flats, and more. Most of all, Halie loves to explore what trends—like the rise of doll-like Mary Janes or TikTok’s 75 Hard Style Challenge—can say about culture writ large. (She justifies almost any purchase by saying it’s “for work.”) Halie has previously held writer and editor roles at Glamour, Morning Brew, and Harper’s Bazaar. Halie has been cited as a fashion and beauty expert in The Cut, CNN Underscored, and Reuters, among other outlets, and appears in newsletters like Selleb and Self-Checkout to provide shopping recommendations. In 2022, she was awarded the Hearst Spotlight Award for excellence and innovation in fashion journalism. She holds a Bachelor’s Degree in English from Harvard College. Outside of work, Halie is passionate about books, baking, and her miniature Bernedoodle, Dolly. For a behind-the-scenes look at her reporting, you can follow Halie on Instagram and TikTok.