Thursday, February 27, 2014

How to Wear a Dress in Multiple Seasons

I know winter is raging in many parts of the country and yall are itching to wear your spring dresses.

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...

Tights, Boots, and a Cardigan.  Always.
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?


  1. Great tips. I try to wear my dresses throughout the year, better value for money then.

    X x

  2. You always do such a great job transitioning your dresses!

  3. Great ideas! Thank you!

  4. On some of our single digit days this winter I actually chose a dress and fleece-lined tights over pants. Those fleece-lined tights are WARM.

  5. So helpful! I've been meaning to try this but was scared. Also, you are so cute! And I love that first dress.


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