How to Wear a Summer Dress in Cold Weather

December 4th, 2008


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Just because the weather is getting chillier doesn’t mean that you need to put away your summer dresses. Simply pair your warm weather dress with cool weather basics for a look that’s as chic as it is warm.

1. Start with your warm weather dress.  For an extra layer of warmth, you may want to consider a layer of undergarments. Silk traps in heat, and it’s slim enough to not be noticeable under the dress.
2. Bring on the cold weather gear: a puffer vest, a pair of long gloves, and a pair of cozy boots.  Try cashmere gloves for extra warmth.  For cold climates, you may want to switch out the sleeveless puffer vest for a long-sleeved puffer jacket.  Between the puffer jacket and the cashmere gloves, you’ll stay nice and toasty. 
3. Finish off the outfit with a flirty necklace (to echo the sentiment of the dress) and a fits-everything handbag.

How would you wear a warm weather dress in cold weather?  Share your style with us in the comments!

Entry Filed under: How To, Ready Made Outfits, Women, Women's

10 Comments Add your own

  • 1. holly  |  December 4th, 2008 at 9:13 am

    I’d start with a long-sleeve shirt. Although “silk undergarments” are mentioned, no long-sleeve shirt is shown. I feel cold just looking at this outfit.

  • 2. Mimi  |  December 4th, 2008 at 9:18 am

    Love this! Perfect for me in California, where it looks summery outside (sunshine) but can be chilly

  • 3. Kathy  |  December 4th, 2008 at 10:28 am

    It seems weird to wear a sleeveless dress with a vest, no tights, gloves, and boots in December - your arms and legs would be freezing and it would look a little odd. Even if you were to wear a long sleeve coat, it’d be kind of silly to wear a coat indoors all day. Maybe leggings and a turtleneck would make it more appropriate.

  • 4. Stephanie  |  December 4th, 2008 at 5:35 pm

    I just throw on a fitted black cardigan over the dress and black tights. Your arms and legs are covered, but you still see most of the dress.

  • 5. Sasha  |  December 4th, 2008 at 6:31 pm

    Why would you wear long underwear (I’m assuming that’s what you mean by silk undergarments) with a sleeveless dress? If it’s cold enough to wear snow boots, gloves & a down vest then it’s way too cold to go out with limbs exposed. I’m guessing you must live somewhere it is very hot all year round, lol

    a serious question - how do you wear a necklace with that kind of ruffly neckline the dress has? do you layer the necklace over the ruffle or do you wear it under so it sort of peeks through the little notch in the collar?

  • 6. Trisha  |  December 5th, 2008 at 12:16 am

    Great ideas, Holly and Stephanie - a long sleeve shirt and/or a cardigan sweater would definitely make this outfit warmer. And yes, Kathy, a sleek turtleneck sweater would add to this outfit.

    Sasha - you can wear a pendant-type necklace (shown), layering it over the ruffle (if it’s not too voluminous). Otherwise, if the ruffle volume is too much, wear the necklace so that it peeks out from under the ruffle.

    Mimi - Totally–this outfit is perfect for your Southern California weather :)

  • 7. Hannah  |  December 8th, 2008 at 5:52 pm

    It’s cute, but there’s no way I would get away with something like that here in Michigan…most of the time in winter it’s too cold even for leggings. Looks like all your cold weather outfits aren’t really applicable to the really cold climates…what advice would you have for someone with basically the choice of jeans or sweatpants?

  • 8. barbara  |  February 14th, 2009 at 1:08 am

    wait a sec. did you say puffer VEST over that sleeveless shirt? What about arms?

  • 9. Anonymous  |  September 7th, 2009 at 6:39 pm

    Living in Calgary where it can get to -40C=-40F, I would suggest leggings, boots that come close to the knees, long sleeves underneath and a gosh darn warm jacket. When you are inside, it is nice. But, if you’re walking to/from NOWAY! Where this type of look when it’s only 0C or 32F; much warmer.

  • 10. sarah  |  April 15th, 2010 at 4:21 am

    im in england and it always seems so cold! its not that it gets that cold really its just that the heat in the summer always seem to only last a couple of days!!!!! so our summer dresses only see the light of day a couple of times a year!

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