Q&A: How to Transition a Summer Dress for Fall

August 24th, 2007

Q: I have this light blue flowery summer dress that I want to wear for the fall and even possibly for the winter. How do I make it transition from summer to fall?

BCBG Square Neck Kimono Sleeved DressBy Colleen Geary, fashion stylist and image consultant

A:  To transition a summer floral dress into fall, I would recommend going for a "foho" look - folkloric and bohemian. Try pairing your blue flowery dress with:
(1) A cream colored cardigan with embroidered flowers on it to echo the flowers on the dress,
(2) Textured tights, perhaps in a blue which blends with the blue in the dress, and
(3) Fun little ankle boots. 

As far as wearing a summer dress in the winter, I wouldn’t do it - unless you live in a part of the country with mild weather. On the West coast, you could probably get away with layering the dress over pants and a long-sleeved shirt–and then topping it off with a cardigan or jacket. But on the East coast, it would just look wrong.  If you’re a East Coast gal, enjoy the  fabrics and colors each season has to offer, and be happy to pull out your loved dress next Spring!

Have a great tip about how to transition summer clothes for fall?  Share it with us in the comments!

BCBG Square Neck Kimono Sleeved Dress | $158 at Macy’s.

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2 Comments Add your own

  • 1. mary fields  |  August 24th, 2007 at 2:12 pm

    I bought wonderful brown leather lace up boots 3-4 inches above ankle. What skirt length should I wear. The boots are Frye fringe lace up.

    Thank you in advance for your style pro.


  • 2. jessica  |  August 24th, 2007 at 2:30 pm

    oh i TOTALLY agree about the seasonal fabrics! thanks for your wisdom omiru

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