As the weather drops in autumn, you might find yourself still longing to wear your favourite dresses. And if the summer weather has been underwhelming, this feeling might be especially strong. You might have an event to attend and have your mind set on a particular outfit. But you’re weighing up whether it’s practical in this weather. Well, luckily for you, there are several little tricks you can add to your arsenal to make your favourite dress an all-season-appropriate garment. Here are a few of our favourites.
Craft a cosy look with a jumper
You can transform many a sleeveless dress into a winter piece by simply wearing a thin jumper underneath. Alternatively, wear a jumper over the top of your dress! A cropped jumper will nearly always look flattering because it lengthens your figure and does justice to the cut of your dress.
Got a jumper that’s the perfect colour but not the right length? There’s a trick that went viral on TikTok whereby you can take a belt, fasten it loosely around the waist, and then tuck your jumper into it. Pull the jumper up from a few inches above the bottom evenly. Then simply pull the fold you have created over the belt so that the belt disappears from view!
Layer with a full-length coat
You don’t have to sacrifice warmth for the sake of the outfit, even if you’re going out to a glitzy event this winter. No matter what the style of your evening dress is, you can still look elegant when you layer it up so that you don’t freeze before you even get there. Invest in a long, neutral coat that looks smart with pretty much anything. This way, you’ll always be able to get from A to B in winter, even if your dress has a shorter hemline or an off-the-shoulder style.
A coat like this is an investment you can wear again and again, so you’ll want to make sure you pick the right shade for you. Establish whether your skin tone is warm, cool, or neutral first, to help you find the most flattering neutral colour. Assess your wardrobe and think about what kind of colours and shades you gravitate towards. This will help you find a coat that complements the widest selection of outfits.
Pair with knee-high boots
Knee-high boots can add style to dresses of many different lengths and styles. The great news is that they can add a bit of warmth too! A lot of us know from experience that sometimes, tights just aren’t enough, even if they’re thick. For a short dress, wear boots that end on the knee for a perfectly compiled winter look. Meanwhile, a midi dress can look great with close-fitting ankle boots.
Make a real style statement with some Western-style boots, following in the footsteps of celebrities like Selena Gomez and Gwen Stefani.
We know we said sometimes tights aren’t enough, but then again, sometimes they are! Tights are an old but gold solution and now, it’s possible to buy tights with an invisible fleeced interior lining! These tights are an absolute game-changer for anyone who wants to wear skirts and dresses more often in the winter months. Formal or casual, they’re perfect for any occasion.
Thick knitted tights can also bring a thin, cosy vibe to your casual dresses. Create a seasonal look in a pair of crimson, grey, or chocolate brown knitted tights to complement your dress.
Learning how to adapt your favourite dresses is perfect for those of us who don’t want to have to buy new outfits just because of seasonal changes. It frees you up to wear the dresses you love more and it also prevents you from getting bored of a piece too soon. In short, it’s a pretty great skill to have!