Yes, fall is here in full effect. The morning and evenings are definitely cool, while the middle of the day the temperatures can still reach the 70s or 80s depending on where you are. For me personally, one of the saddest things about transitioning from summer to fall is the loss of the flirty, lightweight dresses that we basically lived in during the warmest months of the year.
However, if you’re days away from packing up your summer dresses for good, hold it right there! You can transition your warm-weather favorites by brushing up on some basic layering techniques that will allow you to wear those dresses into the fall and winter season.
Just because the temperatures have dropped doesn’t mean that every item in your summer wardrobe should be packed away, never to be seen again until next spring. Many people feel that those breezy little dresses are not seasonally appropriate in the fall. I am here to say that you should absolutely start thinking outside of the box if you don’t believe some of your summer dresses can take you into the fall. If you understand layering, then you understand what I am talking about.
The trick (no surprise here) is layering; it’s a matter of combining the short, sleeveless, lightweight dresses from the summer with the heavier pieces you need during fall. You can easily turn your favorite warm-weather dresses into stylish cool-weather staples by perfecting the art of layering. Extend your fall/winter wardrobe with your favorite spring and summer dresses in the cooler months by balancing summery prints and hues with dark neutrals. Also don’t forget that leather moto jackets, puffy vests, and closed-toe shoes can take breezy maxi dress into the colder months; a chunky sweater or sweatshirt transitions lightweight dresses and prints into cooler temps; tights, turtlenecks, and thick coats add warmth to summer dresses. Don’t forget coordinating scarves, belts, and hats will tie all the layers together while adding extra warmth.
I thrifted this high low dress years ago for $6. To be honest with you, I tend to wear it mostly in the fall as the color pattern reminds me of fall more than summer. However, the lightweight material definitely screams summer.
In making it more fall appropriate, I paired it with this green light cashmere cardigan that I got from an estate sale for $2! Yes, you read that right. Cashmere for $2. If you have not tried out an estate sale yet, you are absolutely missing out on hidden gems at fantastic prices. Since the sweater was very loose, I belted the sweater with a skinny belt to emphasize a waistline. Belts are amazing accessories to have in transforming baggy pieces.
Finally, I finished this look with these beautiful Jessica Simpson heels that I got from Macy’s on sale. The color is an amazing match to the colors in the dress, and simply adds that perfect touch to this outfit.
Yes, fall is here, but all is not lost when it comes to still styling those beautiful summer frocks. Remember your layering tricks and you will do just fine!
Have you continued to wear some of your summer pieces into the fall?