After a couple of posts earlier this month about wearing typical warm weather pieces in cooler months (like wearing a bright blazer for winter or white jeans for winter) I was asked about how to wear spring/summer dresses in cooler months.
I pulled together some tips for wearing spring dresses in colder weather so that you don't have to wait! There's no clear rhyme or reason to this post, rather I just collected pictures of dresses I've styled throughout different seasons to show you a bunch of examples. I picked out general tips from the groups of pictures for some ideas on how to wear a dress in multiple seasons. If that's okay with you, here we go...
This is my numero uno most basic and easiest way to wear a springy dress--or any dress--in cooler weather. It works for pretty much all dresses, regardless of whether they are neutral in color or springy florals! And of course, you can always add a scarf for more warmth.
Trade Bright Colors for Darker Shades and Neutrals
That's basically what I did in the set of pictures above. The first pic is with a bright green cardigan (looks teal in the pics, but whatever) and a pink belt. I swapped the cardigan for a darker one in olive, paired with a neutral belt, and added tights and boots.
I've paired this striped dress with a denim jacket and bright green cardigan in warmer months, but the far right picture is another example of choosing a darker or neutral cardigan to feel more cold-weather appropriate.
Layer a Shirt Underneath
Shown above is a way to do a dress in summer/spring, spring/fall (middle) and fall/winter. It's easy to layer a white button up under dresses, especially if they are scoop neck tank dresses, but it can work with other dresses too.
Swap Summer/Spring Accessories for Fall Pieces
The middle outfit is from a day when I wished it was fall but it was still pretty warm. I simply swapped out summery and springy pieces for fall accessories. Open-toe wedges were exchanged for booties, and a neon belt or bag was exchanged for a satchel. A denim jacket provided a light layer.
Layers, Layers, Layers
I also wore this navy dress during winter in Northern California. So, not a San Diego winter. Still a California winter, but it was 30 degrees, not the typical 50 we get in San Diego. There are a few key elements that you can't tell from the pictures. First, the tights are fleece-lined tights which are way warmer than normal tights! Second, I layered a shirt underneath for more warmth (Uniqlo Heattech, to be exact). Then there's the leather jacket, and a big knit scarf to top it off!
Top It Off With a Sweater
I don't have a picture of this because I never do this, but I really like how it looks! (Note to self: DO IT.) Rather than a cardigan, throw a pullover sweater over your dress and make your dress look like a skirt. It provides a lot of warmth while making it look like you have a bigger wardrobe. It can be a fitted or oversized sweater--just depends on the dress and the sweater and how the silhouette looks with them combined.
And, if you combine all of these at once you are the ultimate winner! :) What's your favorite way to wear a spring dress in colder months?