In collaboration with Shopbop, I’m sharing a few tips and ideas on how to extend the wear of your favourite summer dresses.
Yep, being in Australia, it’s currently WINTER and the online shops are bursting with new season SUMMER wear – on sale too!
So if you’ve nabbed a few summer threads – or heck, if you’re just bored of your winter clothes – with a little bit of creativity, you can wear your summer pieces in winter.
I picked out two summer dresses:
– This beeeeautiful Equipment Neck Tie Dress because it has a simple, timeless and versatile style.
– And this Tularosa Tunic Dress, because it pretty much screams on-trend, beachy summer style.
Here we go!
1) Wear with pants or tights.
Wearing a dress with pant’s isn’t as awful as it sounds. The dress basically becomes a tunic. And there’s a hint of rebellion in the outfit, as if I’m breaking ALL THE RULES.
I chose to wear it with slim black jeans. Not very adventurous, I know. They could have been tights.
But I could have easily worn regular trousers, wide leg pants, culottes, slim blue jeans or flared jeans.
Plus because the dress is black, I can wear it with all kinds of coloured pants (white! red! blue! floral!) to really extend the use of the dress.
2) Wear an oversized jumper.
Apologies for the simplistic advice, but this one is a goodie because it’s hard to get wrong.
You wear the dress as a skirt.
I like this because some of my dresses have LOVELY patterns/texture/lace, so it makes me feel like I have a new skirt.
Again, a great way to get more mileage from your wardrobe.
Oversized, chunky jumpers are very popular right now, super easy to wear with a dress.
In this case, I styled my dress with an oversized, light weight, simple, bamboo sweater from BambooBody.
3) Wear a top underneath
Wearing a top under a dress sounds like awful fashion advice for 8 year olds!
But I was shocked when I experimented by wearing a short sleeve top, a turtleneck, a button-down shirt, a lace top underneath my black dress… they all looked really cool. It felt great to wear too.
In this case, I wore a white top with my dress, but I could have happily worn a grey top or black/white striped top – of which I have many in my wardrobe.
By the way, I bought this boat neck white top from Cotton On for $10(on sale from $15) which could go so well with many of my other dresses.
Whoa… so… after experimenting with the Equipment Tie Neck Dress, I’m so in love with it. I don’t think I’ve ever owned such a PLAIN, shapeless shift dress before.
It’s awesome because I can wear it with or without the neck tie, wear the tie as a belt, hitch it up to be a mini dress and even wear it as a top tucked into pants or into another skirt – soooo good.
4) Play with layers with textures, vests and cardigans.
As I mentioned earlier, this Tularosa Tunic Dress ticks all the boxes of being on-trend and beachy.
It has a slightly boho, slightly tribal look, with embroidery, pompoms, tassels, dots in a pinstripe pattern and it has long sleeves – so it’s a bit different. But the black and white colour ties it al together nicely.
A faux fur coat, or a black leather jacket is a simple winter covering for any dress.
If you have a fur vest, you can layer it on top of a cardigan, jacket, ponte blazer.
Similarly with a scarf, you can use an oversized one as a vest, on top of your coat.
Think about textures and pattern clashing too – denim, checked, floral, wool.
Layer, layer, layer!
5) Wear with knee-high boots or over-the-knee boots.
Lastly, you can never go wrong with a pair of kick-ass boots to WINTERISE your summer dresses.
Wear with thick socks that will keep your legs and toes warm when you go out at night during winter.
(Preferably choose socks with a pattern of cartoon pizzas/puppy dogs/lipsticks haha!)
These boots are from Betts, from a few seasons ago.
Anyway, I hope you enjoyed my blog post. I haven’t put together style tips like this in AGES. It was so much fun!
I do miss my little studio (with the white background) which has been turned into a storage room at the moment. My grey wall is pretty cool though, except I get easily annoyed when editing my photos, if the wall lines and floor line are not perfectly horizontal.
I might do another post about the Equipment Tie Neck Dress because as I said, it’s so versatile and fun to play with.
In the meantime, do pop over to check out some new season summery dresses, or dresses on sale… like this Keepsake Strapless Black Dress and this Free People Off Shoulder Black Dress (both under $65) and both of which I am stalking :)
Thanks for reading and hope you have a fabulous weekend!