Summer dresses are such lovely pieces, it seems a real shame to pack them away when things start to turn cold – and there really is no reason to. With a few simple tweaks your favourite summer dress can become a versatile, year-round staple that you can wear in winter, whatever the weather. By including summer dresses in your wardrobe during the colder months, your options for stylish winter dressing begin to snowball. Read on for our guide on everything you need to know about how to wear your favourite summer dress in winter.
When the temperature drops, it’s tempting to pack away your summer items in favour of snuggling up in your thickest, warmest winter clothing and waiting for spring. But if you overlook your summer clothes when you are putting together your winter wardrobe, you are missing out. A splash of summery colour on a dull winter’s day does wonders to lift your mood and brighten up your world. Mix things up, increase your outfit options and make some powerful style statements when you winterise your summer clothes.
Layering is the key when wearing a summer dress in winter
Long or short, your go-to summer dresses can be made into cold-weather pieces with just a few clever tweaks. When it comes to keeping out the chills, layering is the key to smart winter dressing. Add layers under, over and alongside your summer dress and style your summer dress up for formal occasions or a winter wedding with some stunning faux fur, or down with a simple top for go-anywhere casual chic.
Wear a t-shirt or long-sleeved top under your summer dress, and pop your favourite cardigan, sweater or a structured jacket over the top. Trench coats, winter coats and faux fur will add another cosy layer, and a brightly-coloured scarf or hat will really keep the cold out if you need some extra protection against the elements.
Summer dresses: all-year-round versatility in your wardrobe
Wearing a summer dress in winter opens up a whole range of new possibilities for styling and reveals what fantastic multi-taskers they can be. With just a few simple additions and accessories, a summer dress will rise to any winter challenge: casual or elegant, work or play. Outside their traditional season, summer dresses can be so much more versatile, yet they do not always get the attention they deserve.
Short or mid-length summer dresses will effortlessly double up as tunics in your winter wardrobe and look fabulous worn over slim-fitting black trousers and ankle boots for a chic, go-anywhere ensemble that really reflects your personal flair. If you prefer a more dramatic style that makes a statement, layer a long summer dress with a front or side split over jeans or leggings for a confident elegance that will turn heads.
A whole new lease of life: styling your summer dress in winter
Update your summer dresses for winter and give them a whole new lease of life by wearing them with thick tights and chunky, natural-coloured footwear that will keep the cold at bay. Make your outfit your own by adding a fabulous knit or slouchy jacket and some vintage jewellery for a relaxed boho vibe that showcases your personal style. This easy-to-wear look is always on-trend and is so versatile that it will take you from work to play without missing a beat. It also means that there is no need to pack away your summer favourites but can carry on wearing them right through the year.
If you need a slightly dressier winter style, do not overlook your summer clothes. Get a new take on workwear by wearing your summer dresses with closed-toe shoes, a structured jacket and sleek accessories for a fresh, bright look in winter. Professional and elegant, but at the same time more individual and unstuffy, this combination will smarten up a summer dress and is perfect for the office and chic daywear.
For all-out winter glamour, there is a low-hassle, high impact tip that is guaranteed to turn your summer dress into a show-stopping outfit: top it off with a faux fur coat, a pair of killer heels and some statement jewellery. A faux fur coat adds instant movie star style and unbeatable warmth and is the perfect way to upstyle your summer dress for a winter wedding or a special night out. You will feel like a million dollars, whatever the weather.
Access all areas: accessorising your summer dress in winter
By using a few well-chosen accessories it is easy to style your summer dress up or down as you need to, and to adapt your summer clothes to any winter occasion. Add feathers, long beads or vintage jewellery for a touch of boho chic. For a classically polished, sophisticated image, team your summer dress with a matching structured jacket or elegant winter coat and add the finishing touches with a matching statement bag and shoes.
Winter is the perfect time to add a splash of colour and an extra layer of warmth with your accessories to brighten up your day and raise your spirits when the weather is really cold. Oversized scarves are always stylish and gloves are essential to avoid frozen fingers. Add a woollen hat or a beret that can be styled to look super-cute or ultra-chic when teamed with a summer dress, a winter coat and long boots.
Step out in style wearing your favourite summer dress in winter
Summer dresses are so versatile and pretty, it is a shame to restrict them just to the warmer seasons. Follow our simple tips to turn your summer clothes into year-round staples by adding them to your winter wardrobe and step out in style, whatever the weather.