How to Wear a Summer Dress in The Fall

This year, Fall seemed to come around a bit quicker than usual. Due to the pandemic, many of us have been on complete lockdowns for extended periods of time and not getting the opportunity to show off our summer frocks. I want to share a bit about how to wear a summer dress in the fall, as I have been repurposing many of my summer pieces into fall fabulous fashion.

Layering Is Life!

As the cold sets in, the weather can get a bit tricky. Some days it is tolerable and others, it’s just too cold (here in Vancouver, it’s always wet and rainy). Layering helps you get the best of both worlds: warmth and wearing clothes on top of one another. I love laying and I think it’s a great way to incorporate your fall items with your summer pieces, depending on the style and material. For example, if you have a cute turtle neck or in my case, a mock neck top, use it as your first layer item. If you have a dress that says summer by the style (i.e.: no sleeves), use that as your topper piece if the material is thick enough. It also helps if the summer piece has a pattern that is also a trend in the fall. Animal print is totally a neutral in my opinion, so wear it year-round if you’d like. You can also add some stockings for a more cozy look.

Swap your sandals for different Boots

If you ask me, shoes can really make or break an outfit. Once you change out your sandal to an appropriate boot, it can elevate a look to complete fall status. Make sure you are testing what boot works for the dress, be it a heeled combat boot or thigh-high! Make sure it’s also appropriate for where you are going. Here are a few of my picks below.

Add a blazer to the mix

When I say add a blazer to the mix, I mean add a blazer to a summer dress that has a pattern that can work for fall. You can do this with a solid colour too, but I think it looks more polished and on purpose when you use a print. Check out this mustard and black houndstooth outfit. That dress is a true spaghetti strap, but with a blazer, it works. If I had thrown on some booties, it would have been fall perfection. Below you will find a few blazers that I think are definite must-haves for your fall wardrobe.

Let me know if you plan on shopping your own closets a bit more this fall and winter. I think it’s a fun way to get creative and get the most out of everything in your closet.

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