I wore a knitted sweater dress with cowl neck to church one Sabbath and my Puerto Rican friend complimented my look. She asked where I got the dress, I told her that I brought it with me from Bangkok. I also mentioned that since it´s just my second winter here in Europe, I still have more summer dresses than winter coats and jackets.
And then the conversation went into how to wear summer dresses as winter outfits. She said that she´s watching YouTube videos teaching how to layer summer dresses for fall and winter. Well, I personally is an advocate of transitioning summer items into the next seasons, but wearing summer dresses for winter? I need inspirations.
I was so delighted to find the right inspirations I´ve been searching for from the Band of Outsiders Fall 2012 RTW collection. Indeed, long summer dresses can be worn in winter and here´s how to do it.
Floral Print Maxi Dress with Fur Vest
Go through your maxi dresses and see which is the thickest, you probably can make a winter layering for it. If you have a long-sleeved long dress, the better. Layer under it a fitted pullover and wear thick tights (if it´s really cold, double the tights) to keep you cozy enough under. Wrap up with a fur vest or jacket and slip into a pair of flat riding boots.
Pea Coat Over Long Maxi Dress
If your long summer dress is sleeveless, wear over it a white turtleneck, or a jumper in any color that complements the dress, wear tights, and throw on top a black peacoat. Complete with the right black winter riding boots.
Double Breasted Jacket Over Long Dress
Whether it´s a double-breasted or single breasted colored jacket you have, it´s perfect to transition a high-low dress, which was a hot trend last summer, or any knee-length dress. Again, wear a stretchable fitted sweater, under or over your dress, add black tights and black riding boots, then accessorize with fur scarf. The sturdier your boots and the thicker your fur scarf, the more you exude a Band of Outsider appeal.
Striped Dress with Knee High Boots
Remember that stripes dress you had last season? It actually looks great with a double-breasted peacoat. For a glamour look yet still a cozy mix, wear black tights or thigh-high socks under a gorgeous pair of over-the-knee black boots. This entire outfit is a work of black and white which is simply polished.
Do you consider the idea of wearing your long summer dresses for winter? Which of the above looks do you think would work fr you when it´s quite chilly outdoor?