Five ways to keep wearing your summer clothes in winter

It happens every year. You invest in an amazing summer wardrobe, then it basically rains for the rest of the year. But there are a few ways to keep wearing your summer clothes in winter. And you won’t be surprised to learn that layering plays a big part…

Read on for our five favourite ways to keep wearing your summer clothes in winter.

1. The slip dress

The 90s revival has given us a lot of great summer looks, but none have really taken off like the slip dress. Everyone from Gigi Hadid to Rihanna has been spotted in some version of a slip dress this year. The delicate spaghetti straps and light material make it the perfect sundress for fashionistas. But it’s not the most practical outfit for winter.

Wear it for longer by layering a polo-neck sweater in a contrasting colour underneath the dress. Black tights and chunky ankle boots will finish off the look.

2. Gingham

A stealth trend of the summer; gingham is rapidly overtaking plaid as the ‘off-duty pop star’ pattern of choice.
Luckily, it’s easy to wear in any weather. Wear your gingham shirt with denim shorts in the summer, and with jeans in the winter. Layer a simple cashmere sweater over the top for that preppy all-American vibe.

3. Florals

Floral prints are a hit every single summer. And this year’s best-selling floral prints have come in slightly darker hues that make them perfect for winter wear.

Grunge up your summer florals with black tights, platform boots, and an oversized woollen cardi.

4. The pleated midi skirt

The pleated midi skirt made a big comeback in 2017. In pinks, pastels, brights or metallics – they have been spotted at just about every party, festival and wedding this year.

Luckily, it’s easy to keep wearing your midi throughout the winter. To begin with, just swap out your vest top for a plain white shirt (tucked into the waistband, of course), or a slouchy sweater. Then add a ¾ length coat and a reasonably sized heel and you’re good to go!

5. Chiffon

Blame the Kardashian-Jenners for this one. See-through dresses threatened to go mainstream in 2017, while chiffon panelling suddenly appeared on all our clothes.

However, this is a surprisingly easy trend to alter for winter. And the secret is – you guessed it – layering! Try layering a plain t-shirt under a chiffon top, or wear a chiffon dress underneath a your favourite ‘going out’ dress to give it an instant update.

A dress style guide for beginners

If you’re reading this blog, then clearly you are a discerning fashionista. But do you know you’re a-lines from your tunics? Just in case you need a crash course, we’ve put together a dress style guide that will help you cheat your way through your next shop.

A-Line

Named after their shape, these dresses produce a ‘A’ shape due to the form-fitted top and broad bottom. Tailored to fit closely on the hips and draw outwards toward the hem of the garment, A-line dresses flatter just about every body shape, and are easy to layer and accessories.

Petite women will benefit from shorter hemlines, so they aren’t swamped by the full shirt. Meanwhile, taller ladies should avoid anything that goes below mid-calf.

Bodycon

The clingiest of all dresses. Bodycon dresses (sometimes called ‘bandage’ dresses) hug tight to the body to accentuate your figure. The hemline will usually end just above the knee, and the neckline will do everything it can to emphasise your bust. Needlesstosay, this is the ultimate ‘going out’ dress.

Bodycon dresses absolutely MUST be worn with high heels and good jewellery.

Slip

Enjoying a recent resurgence, a slip dress is floaty, delicate and extremely 90s. The slip dress is generously cut so that it skims your shape, and the hemline will usually fall somewhere around the knee. A classic 90s slip will have simple spaghetti straps, although you can also find versions with dungaree-style straps.

Usually made from lace, silk, cotton or satin, they can dressed up or down, depending on how you accessorise them.

Tunic

One of the most versatile dress styles. Tunic dresses are cut loose in straight lines. There is very little definition in the shape of the dress, with no waistline and minimal ruching around the bodice. This makes them extremely easy to wear, and to customise. Wear over a fitted sweater in winter, and with bare legs and espadrilles in the summer.