How to Make Summer Dresses Work for Fall

The temperature is slowly cooling down, and it’s time to bundle up to make your outfits suitable for the weather. Summer dresses are more versatile than you thought, you can still wear your breezy summer dresses for fall, and it only takes a couple of styling tricks and layering pieces to rock your favorite summer dresses during the colder season. You may have already seen some of these looks on instagram but I wanted to roundup a dedicated blog post to practical and creative tips on how you can maximize the use of your summer dresses throughout fall (and even until winter). If your looking for more outfit guides, I cover everything from stylish mom outfits to how to wear a brown leather jacket here.

How To Make Summer Dresses Work For Fall

Here are some tips for Styling Summer Dresses for Fall.

Tip 1 // Layer a Moto Jacket Over Your Mini or Maxi Dress

As we approach colder months, layering leather jackets over your summer white dress is great option for fall outfits.

Tip 2 // Layer a sweater vest over you sleeveless Maxi Dress

Lastly, sweater vests are a big trend this season and layering over strapless maxi dress is the perfect option. Since the maxi is longer, it allows you to have one portion of your body not covered.

Tip 3 // Layer a Sweater over you mini summer dress

As colder months approach it means chilly mornings and nights. I love having a sweater on hand to layer over my dress.

Tip 4 // Add fall colored accessories such an fall bag, jewelry, knee high or ankle boots

When going from summer style to fall style and simple fix is to change out your accessories as it will completely change the whole look!

Tip 5 // Layer a Moto over your Mini Casual T-shirt dress

Another tip if your not ready to give up your casual t-shirt dress for running errands, leather jackets can not only elevate your look but keep you warm as the cold weather approaches.

Tip 6 // Layer A Trench Coat over you Longer T-shirt summer dress

When you have a longer dress, to elongate the look adding the same length of layering completes the look.

Fall Style Outfit Ideas for Summer Dresses

Layer a Moto Leather Jacket Over Your White Summer Dress: Black & White Fall Style Outfit Idea

Black & White Fall Style Outfit Idea
Outfit Details

A monochromatic black and white look is one of my favorite looks always. Here I styled my favorite Love Shack Fancy white summer dress. It’s classic and chic and is one that will always be in style. I love the mix of feminine and edgy here and it’s perfect for date night or any parties! Styling it with leather jackets and croc ankle boot.

Layer A Sweater Vest Over Your Maxi Dress: Fall Style Outfit Idea

Layer A Sweater Vest Over Your Maxi Dress
Outfit Details

A maxi dress is the perfect summer dress to transition your fall style with. Whether it’s strapless or has spaghetti strap layering it with a sweater vest such as this one from target is a great ways to continue to wear one of your summer capsule pieces. Also, if the maxi dress is belted you can easily tuck you sweater in for a more polish look. Here I styled it with sneakers to be more casual for weekend casual errands or brunch, but I another way I love adding a knee high boot under my maxi dresses as well if I’m heading to the office or date night.

Layer a Sweater With Your White Mini Dress: Fall Style Outfit Idea

Layer a Sweater With Your White Mini Dress
Outfit Details

When it’s summer but you patiently waiting for colder months to approach because ever fashion retailer is showing all fall, this is the white dress outfit for you to bring some fall style in your closet at an affordable price. I love this sweater from target and it’s $32! The shoulder detail is perfection and will be perfect with jeans and ankle boots and a wool jacket as cold weather approaches. I kept this feminine white dress more casual and styled with sneaker and fedora which is the perfect outfit for travel or also a casual weekend.

Style An Ankle Boot with You Lace Dress: Fall Style Outfit Idea

Style An Ankle Boot with You Lace Dress
Outfit Details

One of the easiest ways to transition your summer style to fall style is with accessories. Whether it’s a statement earring, a fall boot, or bag it will take any summer dress and make it fall. With this look I was headed out for date night but would be great for an evening event. I styled it with a belt bag, and ankle boots, I also make sure I matched my sunglasses with the fall tones. This look is also perfect for date night and if you wanted to add some edge, add a burgundy or black leather jacket.

Leather Jackets Over a T-shirt Dress: Fall Style Outfit Idea

Leather Jackets Over a T-shirt Dress
Outfit Details

If you are like me a t-shirt dress is one of my favorite summer dresses. It’s the perfect one to style into fall by adding a leather jacket. Keep it casual with adding a hi-top sneaker to elongate your legs.

Here is a more casual take on using leather jackets to style with your summer dress. I love t-shirt dresses in summer and then transitioning them into fall. Here I styled it more casual as I was traveling but you can also dress it up with knee high or ankle boots.

Layer a Trench Over Your Midi Dress: Fall Style Outfit Idea

Layer a Trench Over Your Midi Dress
Outfit Details

When it comes to fall styling and colder months, I love styling a longer dress. This comfortable t-shirt stripe maxi dress is one you can continue to wear as cold months approach because it’s a nice weight. As mentioned above in my styling tips when you layer a coat that is the same length it makes your whole outfit look put together! Here I styled flat ankle boot which would be perfect for family holiday events or fall family photos.

Style Your Summer Dress With a Combat Boot

Style Your Summer Dress With a Combat Boot
Outfit Details

I love a classic black and white look as well as feminine and edgy. Simply changing out the shoe and adding a combat boot is the perfect way too add a little edge to your summer dress and gives the whole outfit a whole new vibe!

Style A Tall Suede Boot with Your Floral Dress

Tall Suede Boot with Your Floral Dress
Outfit Details

Summer floral dresses can easily be worn in the early fall months before the colder months arrive. Style it with a tall boot for ankle boot which is perfect for an early fall wedding or date night.

As always, I hope this post was helpful and inspiring when transitioning into fall. Until next time friends…

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