Can you really wear dress with pants? Yes, but you have to be extra smart about it. One way to style it is by having one piece make way for the other. Check out this new trick by Nicole Warne of Gary Pepper Girl.
Decked in Christopher Esber, Nicole made the button-down dress in her co-ord set look more casual and pants-appropriate by leaving the bottom half of it unbuttoned. This kept the dress from fully hiding her figure to give way for some movement and to allow the trousers underneath to shine on their own. It's a versatile trick that can also be applied on your oversized button-downs, or when you want to layer your dress over a pair of pants for a monochromatic ensemble that looks well put together.