Wear it in Summer, Wear it in Winter


It’s time for another fashion trick! So, do you have a summer dress or skirt that you love and bemoan having to pack it away for the winter? Well, hold up there! Don’t give up on wearing those adored items through the cooler weather just yet! There are a couple of very easy ways to take a lightweight, colorful and/or traditionally summer item into winter with a few cold weather staples!

  • Cozy up your lightweight skirts (eyelet, gauze, silk, nylon) with blazers, thin or chunky sweaters, cardigans and turtlenecks (try them solo, layered together and/or over button-down blouses).
  • Wear dark or color saturated opaque and textured tights or leggings (they do double duty by keeping the legs warm too!) under dresses, skirts and tunics.
  • Don leather or suede boots of all shaft lengths and heights (booties/ankle boots, mid-calf, knee and over the knee; flat, kitten, wedge, stilettos).
  • Round toe platforms and wedges or flats work well too when worn with tights.
  •  Add a scarf to keep your neck warm if wearing tops that expose the neck.
  • Use a narrow or wide belt to cinch in voluminous fabrics when a curved silhouette is desired.

So, here is an example of a sundress that I wore in the summer with wedge sandals …

… that I easily made winter-worthy by putting on a short-sleeve turtle neck sweater, a bright narrow belt, black textured tights and ankle boots.

(Two-fer bonus! As far as anyone knows, this is now a skirt!)

It’s as simple as that and it works great with all kinds of winter skirts and dresses, if done right!


How do you winterize your summer wardrobe?

(p.s. The style in the first picture evolved out of the two braid updo that I shared yesterday. Check out the my Facebook Hairscapades for more pics and … coming soon … a video tutorial! 


10 responses »

    • I actually just wore this yesterday and wore it last winter too. Got a lot of compliments on my ‘skirt.’ lol. But I get if it just doesn’t work for you. I’ll check out that other blogger as I’m always looking for new ideas! Thanks!


  1. Thank you for posting this one. I always get frustrated during the winter because in California we don’t really have a winter, so I don’t have many clothes to deal with those fews days that are really cold and/or wet. I know, it doesn’t sound like much of a problem, but I have more summer and spring clothes than fall and winter clothes. We still have weather into the high 60’s right now and occassionally low 70’s, but when we get a week of cold weather, I don’t know what to do. I’ll be investing in a few sweaters, tights and one good blazer to help me transform my summer/spring clothes.

    Speaking or scarves, I came across this YT video on 25 ways to wear a scarf and I’m in love. I have been trying a few of them out. I would never have come up with these ways of wearing them on my own. The link is below.

    Have a wonderful Thanksgiving and enjoy the time with friends, family and great food.


  2. This a really good idea. The tropical colors of the dress “skirt” can cheer anyone up in the dreary mist of winter. I have soooo many summer pieces that would convert nicely to winter, I guess I got to give it a try. Thanks for sharing!!!


  3. I love the sundress in winter idea and those boots are awesome. I don’t have any cute tropical colored sundresses but I have some nice bright skirts! I need to finds some sweater that will work with them….I like what you did with the two braid look! So cute!


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