How to Wear Summer Dresses in Fall
Blazer: Nordstrom (old-from the Atlantic-Pacific collection), similar here & here
Dress: Companys (store in Copenhagen), similar here & here
Tall Boots: Nordstrom (old), similar here & here
Belt: Asos, also similar here & here
Did you know that it is possible to wear summer dresses in Fall? It wasn’t until a few years ago that I thought it was possible. Usually, I tuck away my summer dresses and bring out my Fall dresses. The sad thing about my summer dresses is that they barely get worn. I live in Chicago and summer only exists for 3 months and the rest of the year is layers…. BULKY layers. But I’m all about making the most of my closet and getting creative. And guess what?! I’ve found ways to make my dresses more appropriate in the Fall without freezing my butt off!
4 Ways to Wear Summer Dresses In Fall
So in order for this to work, pick out a dress (or dresses) that you already have in mind that you want to wear or extend beyond the warmer months. I usually like to pick out dresses with long sleeves but if you don’t have one with long sleeves, that is totally okay. Trust me, this will still work. I am wearing a dress I bought from Copenhagen from a fashion retailer called Companys. Unfortunately, they don’t ship to the U.S. and their online inventory is not great. They’re definitely a more brick & mortar retailer. I’ve actually noticed that the inventory in European stores is way better. To me, it makes the shopping experience so much better!
Anways, I love that this dress is smocked style. It replicates the smocked tops I love! Below are some fun dress options.
Now it is time to cover up those bare legs. My go-to are tall boots. In this case, I went for my brown suede boots. I got these boots a couple years ago from the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale. Another reason why I love that sale. Everything I buy is timeless & classic and I use it for years without paying full price! If you have a mini dress, it would also be cute to wear them with tights! I also love wearing boots with maxi dresses as well.
Here are some tall boot options.
If there is anything to take away from this post it is that layering is the key! I especially love layering with blazers. Wearing blazers adds a level of sophistication / chicness to any outfit. Plus, it helps keep you warm. I paired my dress with a checked blazer. Unfortunately, my exact blazer doesn’t exist. I got it last year when Blair (from Atlantic-Pacific) had a collection with Nordstrom. Blair is the queen of layering and her collection was amazing! She recently announced she will have another this October! Can’t wait for it! Recently, I wrote a post about the 9 best blazers to buy this Fall.
Below are also a few checked blazer options.
Whenever I use accessories, I like them to help tie my outfit together. Basically complete them. When it comes to Fall layering, sometimes it can look bulky. In this outfit, I was wearing a flowy dress with an oversized blazer. It was an overkill. So I grabbed my favorite brown belt and tied everything together. It gave my outfit more shape. I really love the double ring buckle. It’s a nice change from the typical belt buckle.
Here are some double ring belts!
Hope you find these tips to be helpful! Do you wear your Summer clothes into Fall? Do you have any additional tips you can share?
So cute! Love how you styled it.
Thank you so much Samantha!
Hillary Conheady says
Oh my gosh you totally nailed this look!!! I’ve had my eye on a similar pair of boots but didn’t think I could pull them off and now you’ve convinced me to buy them!!
Thank you so much Hillary! I can totally see you wear them!
Sarah Lindner says
This dress is beautiful and looks great on you! Love how you styled it for a great transitional piece xoxo sarah
Thank you so much Sarah!
Long sleeve dresses do make for perfect transition pieces, and I love over the knee boots – perfect for that extra bit of warmth when wearing a dress!
Chic on the Cheap
Thank you so much Lydia!
aditi oberoi malhotra says
I love the way you’ve styled your outfit! You look so stunning.
Adi xx | http://www.fancycorrectitude.com
Thank you Adi!
Love the dress and styling options!
Thank you Inna!
Ooo I love this blazer and boot combo! I’m definitely going to try this out in my own wardrobe. So excited for fall 🙂
Thank you Lizzie!
Great outfit dear! Nice dress with nice blazer!
Have a wonderful day! xx
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Thank you Nina!
Absolutely love the layering here!! Looks perfect and just screams fall! x Shannon • http://www.essellesse.com
Thank you Shannon!
This dress is so cute! Too bad this brand doesn’t ship to the US!
I know!! I was able to find similar ones in the Asos site!
Talk about a seriously creative way to bring a summer dress into autumn. Usually I just see people layer with denim jackets, but I like the blazer much better!
Thank you so much Stephanie!
I love the choice of a tall boot- it defintely gives a more summery dress a fall feel. And that belted blazer situation! SO here for it!
Le Stylo Rouge
Totally agree! Thank you Ashley!
What a lovely professional look Rach! I’m so with you on loving extending my Summer dresses into other seasons. The tall boots-midi dress combo is working perfectly here!
Thank you so much Roxy!
Ivana Split says
love how you styled that summer dress with a plaid blazer and boots. Such a gorgeous styling babe!
I tend to wear my summer dresses well into fall. Once you get the hang of it, fall layering can be so easy. You look fantastic btw!!!
Thank you Ivana!
That is a lovely dress and this kind of layering for a dress is sensible and perfect for Autumn.
Thank you Mercy!
Kelsey Bang says
I love how you layered! super cute!
Thank you Kelsey!
Thank you so much for the post, I’m in love with this delicate dress!
Lots of love ♥ January Girl
Thank you Liz!
What a great way to stretch your wardrobe!! Top layers and accessories are my favorite things to buy in the fall so I would rather spend my money on those and use some of my summer items as base layers! LOVE this look girlfriend!
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Thank you Morgan!
Laura S says
LOVE! Such a seamless transition!
Thank you Laura!
Azanique Rawl says
Rach, these are such great tips! Layering up is the best for me when transitioning seasons to get maximum use out of each item 🙂
-xo, Azanique | https://www.lotsofsass.com
Thank you so much Azanique!
You styled this perfectly with the coat and boots dear! The belt really wrapped up the look too!
Jessica | notjessfashion.com
Thank you so much!
Anna English says
You paired these pieces together perfectly! I love that you belted the blazer too.
Thank you Anna!
Laura Leigh says
Okay I never really wanted a blazer until right now! This is styled to perfection Rach! I am completely obsessed with it!
xo Laura Leigh
Thank you so much Laura Leigh!