I struggle with winters. They are so cold, so dark and up north, they are so long. I live for summers. Which I am lucky, because no offense to anyone who lives anywhere else, but the Pacific Northwest has the best summers. They are short, but they make up for it with perfect weather, 75 and sunny!
At this time of year though I’m sick of all my winter clothes, and just want to wear a cute summer dress with color. So I’ve created a strategy to get those summer dresses out of the closet before the weather has actually decided it’s time for them.
Throw on a Coat
The simplest suggestion, just throw a coat on over your pretty summer dress. Yes, it’s cold outside, but how much time are you really spending outside on a winter day? For me, it’s usually from my car to my office. That’s it. I can struggle through for those few steps until I get inside a warm 70 degree building.
Pair with Tights
Personally, I love summer dresses with tights so this is a simple way of keeping legs toasty warm. You can grab a pair of these Steve Madden fleece lined tights and I promise you’ll be wondering why you didn’t do this earlier.
Bring on The Boots
Instead of pairing that summer dress with cute flats and sandals, bring on the boots! Closed toe heels work too, especially when you’re wearing tights. I love a shift dress with equestrian boots, or an a-line dress with tights and some killer heels.
Structured Dresses Work Best
While I love my light and flowy summer dresses, I’ve found that a cute summer dress that has a little structure too it works better for integrating it into your winter closet. Think of shift or a-line dresses over sundresses or maxis. It works better with bigger heavy coats, winter shoes and tights.
Embrace the Chill
People are going to give you weird looks, tell you you’re crazy, and ask if you’re warm enough. Just embrace it, rock that summer dress, and know that you look like a million bucks baby!
How do you rotate your warmer weather pieces into your winter wardrobe?