How to Still Wear Your Summer Dresses Long Past August

If you're about to do your summer-winter wardrobe switch up, let us stop you from putting away all your floral and printed summer dresses just yet. Floaty dresses by Rixo, Ganni and Reformation Par were some of the most popular items this summer, but thankfully our favourite influencers have given us an idea or two about how to style them for winter. And these outfit ideas are far more creative than simply adding a pair of black opaque tights and Chelsea boots. Keep scrolling to see eight of our favourite ways to wear summer dresses in winter.

1) Add Jeans

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Soraya Bakhtiar

Style Notes: For something even warmer than tights, layer your summer floaty dress over jeans—Soraya Bakhtiar unbuttoned her Mango maxi dress to create a kimono-esque effect. 

2) Stick to a Colour Theme

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Style Notes: Ganni's polka-dot maxi dress might seem like a very summery piece, however, Camille made it Autumn-ready by layering a roll-neck over the top and adding Mango white boots. The key thing to note here, however, is that all the pieces are white, making them blend together seamlessly. 

3) Opt for Matching Knitwear

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@katherine_ormerod

Style Notes: Wear all your summer dresses like skirts, by layering them under chunky, mohair jumpers—the much-celebrated Ganni sweaters are handily available in a rainbow of colours. 

4) Knot Your Chunky Jumpers Around Your Waist

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Ropes of Holland

Style Notes: When selecting your knit, opt for a darker chunky style to make it feel more autumnal like  Lindsay of Ropes of Holland—she knotted her cable-knit sweater around her waist to show more of her orange printed Rixo skirt.

5) Add a Teddy Bear Coat + High-Tops

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@frecklesnur

Style Notes: Instead of hiding your dress in a long sweeping coat, follow Nuria Val's lead, and opt for a cropped shearling jacket and go tights-free. 

6) Copy Alexa's Autumn Uniform

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Style du Monde

Style Notes: One of Alexa's favourite outfit combos is to wear a pretty colourful slip dress with ankle boots and a heavy navy or black overcoat. 

7. Turtlenecks Are Your Best Friend

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Style Notes: The easiest way to extend the shelf life of your summer dresses is to layer them over a white or black sleeved roll-neck.

8. Wear Your Dress as If It's a Blouse

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Style Notes: For a cooler spin on workwear or smart event dressing, wear a wrap dress open over a pair of tailored, sweeping trousers.