Updating Your Summer Dresses for Fall

If you know me well, you are aware that I love Frank Sinatra. There's nothing like listening to "Summer Wind" as I walk down the busy streets of Manhattan during a hot summer day. But, at the risk of being a buzz kill, summer is coming to an end and don't you hate when a new season creeps up on you and suddenly it feels like you have nothing to wear? You’re a bit tired of the clothes you wore last year and there are so many new trends and styles that you can’t wait to factor into your wardrobe, however, finding the perfect pieces that are purchase worthy is time consuming and by the time you feel you have enough fall clothes, it’s time for winter then spring. 

Summer dresses are a great item that you can reinvent for the fall season, and below I provide some great examples on how you can repurpose them to fit into your fall closet without having to start all over again.

Slip Dresses

Slip dresses have been a fashion favorite for the past couple of years due to their versatility, subtle sexiness and comfortability. They are one of the easiest layering pieces you can own. For fall, you can simply layer under light outerwear like a denim jacket, leather jacket, or blazer, and pair with booties. Also, try layering it over a form fitting long sleeve t-shirt or a turtle neck for a tailored look. One really cool way to layer a slip dress is over a sheer top because it still keeps you covered in all the right places but adds a little more style by adding the unexpected sheerness.

 chicityfashion.com 

chicityfashion.com 

Flirty Mini Dresses

This one is my favorite.  With the feminine trend holding strong over the past couple of years, we’ve been seeing a lot more flirty dresses that are made with chiffon and silk fabrics, have billowy silhouettes, ruffle trims and cute patterns. Given a good amount are bohemian inspired, you can find them in earthy tones and neutral colors that easily carry over to fall. Pair them with thigh high boots, booties, or a block heel with tights. Layer them under a fur or faux fur vest for colder days and add a wide brim fedora if you're feeling like a real fashionista.

 revolve.com 

revolve.com 

Work Dresses

Assuming you work in a more business casual dress code environment unlike the casual work place I discussed in my previous blog post, jackets are key here. If you stick with a simple color palette when it comes to your work wear, then it should be easy to transition from season to season while adding accent pieces here and there. Simply layer your dress under a blazer or duster jacket, or pair with patterened tights and a close toe block heel, ankle bootie or flat.  To add more style to your outfit, opt for bold accessories like a statement necklace, earrings, or a killer work bag. Shoes are also another great way to jazz up a simple work look. Try ones that come in a unique fabric (velvet is huge!), a metallic, or play around with unique embellishments like studs and chic buckles.

 Alexa Chung, stealthelook.com.br

Alexa Chung, stealthelook.com.br

Maxi Dresses

This one takes on very similar recommendations to the slip dress and flirty mini dresses. It can be layered under fall jackets (a leather jacket over a maxi dress is one of my favorite combinations) or layered over t-shirts and turtlenecks. I often prefer booties with maxi dresses to help balance out the longer silhouette, but if you have a cool slit in your maxi dress then try it with a knee high or over the knee boot for an unexpected peekaboo moment. 

 closetfullofclothes.com 

closetfullofclothes.com 

If you have any questions on how to repurpose your wardrobe in any way, I'd love to talk with you! Contact me anytime at gianna@blenderstyle.com and don't forget you can sign up for my Digital Daiquiri service for only $89 while spots are still available.