When the seasons start to change, it’s only natural to switch around your wardrobe. As we settle into autumn, we pull out our knits and stow away flimsy items like shorts and tank tops.
But there’s one item that transitions much better than the rest: the summer dress. With a few smart layering tricks, you’ll be able to wear yours all year long even if it appears to scream summer on the hanger.
Summer dress is a bit of a vague term, but we’re using it here because it applies to many different kinds of dresses. Floral tea dresses, strappy maxi dresses, and slinky slip dresses can all easily be made seasonally appropriate. Don’t be afraid of wearing bright colors either - they’ll brighten up any gloomy winter day! So, here’s how you can wear your summer dress while still keeping warm.
Start with a base layer. It can be a simple long sleeve t-shirt, a sweater, or even a hoodie. Long sleeve t-shirts work well under slip dresses or other spaghetti strap styles. For extra warmth and a more formal feel, try a fitted sweater (crew or turtleneck) instead.
These will look great under tea dresses, especially if they’re v-neck. A hoodie paired with a slip dress is a super cool street style favorite.
Keep your legs warm with a nice pair of tights, especially if your dress is a mini. If you’re wearing a long dress you can get away with wearing fleece tights or leggings without adding extra bulk.
Complete the autumnal look with a great pair of boots. Combat boots are great for adding a tough contrast to girly florals, or for achieving the perfect grunge look with a slip dress.
And you can’t go wrong with a slick pair of ankle boots. Try a material like suede to complement the lightness of the dress. If you have a mini dress, why not choose over the knee boots for extra warmth (and drama)?
Turn it into a skirt.
Give your dress a makeover by wearing it under a sweater (for a more feminine feel) or a hoodie (for a sporty meets girly contrast). What could be cozier?
Don’t forget your jacket.
A pretty dress looks amazing with most types of coats. Wool, trench, peacoat, shearling, teddy, duster, fur, parka… whatever keeps you the warmest. Just be aware of the coat length if you’re wearing a maxi dress.
You don’t want the coat to cut your legs off in a strange way, so choose a style that has a defined waist or a longer length.
The right accessories will set the tone of your outfit, so bundle up with some knitted accessories. Scarves, beanies, berets, gloves - anything that would put your mother at ease.