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3 Ways to Winterize Your Summer Clothes


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Now that the weather is frigid and the holiday season is in full swing, summer may just seem like a distant memory. However, that doesn’t mean you can’t rock your favorite summer wardrobe staples all winter long!

In this post, we’ll show you how to take three perpetual summer faves and style them into three cold weather-appropriate outfits.

Summer Staple #1: A Sundress

Even though the temperature has dropped significantly, you don’t have to let your favorite sundress collect dust in the back of your closet! A little strategic layering will take a sleeveless dress from summer sands to snowy sidewalks.

For this look, we took an adorable mint frock and layered a bow-neck blouse underneath it to create a fashion-forward look. The polka dot blouse not only matches the pattern found on the dress, but also works with the color of the belt. Next, add a cozy dark gray coat as well as a pair of lighter gray tights. Riding boots keep the look casual and daytime-appropriate, while bird-shaped earrings add an adorable touch. Grab a pair of stylish knit gloves to complete this look.

How to wear a sundress in winter
Product Info: Dress- ModCloth, Top-, Coat- Dorothy Perkins, Earrings- Marc by Marc Jacobs, Tights- Steven Alan, Shoes- Windsor, Gloves- Fat Face

Summer Staple #2: Denim Cut-offs

Denim cutoffs are the ultimate low-key summer staple, but you can easily work these shorts into your winter wardrobe by pairing them with lots of oversized knits and layers.

For example, try pairing denim shorts with a wine red long-sleeved top to create a cute and comfy look. Layer on a blanket wrap cardigan, as well as a pair of warm tights. Heeled ankle boots are a trendy, yet practical choice, while a mustard yellow hat adds a pretty pop of color. For the finishing touch, accessorize with a long chevron necklace.

How to wear shorts in winter
Product Info: Sweater-, Top- LOFT, Hat- Urban Outfitters, Boots- Forever 21, Shorts- Quicksilver, Necklace- American Apparel, Tights- Target

Summer Staple #3: A Maxi Skirt

The key to wearing a glam maxi skirt during winter? Layer a pair of leggings or tights underneath! This will keep your legs toasty and allow you to rock that effortless boho look year-round.

For an on-trend winter outfit, pair a purple maxi skirt (with leggings underneath, of course) with a sequin-adorned striped sweater. Neutral-colored ballet flats are a chic and comfy choice, while a faux leather jacket gives the outfit some rock ‘n’ roll edge. Add a floral print scarf, which lends another dose of pattern and color to the look, then accessorize with some glamorous chandelier earrings.

How to wear a maxi skirt in winter
Product Info: Earrings- Stella & Dot, Sweater- Dorothy Perkins, Jacket- Delia’s, Skirt- Old Navy, Scarf- Nordstrom, Leggings- Aerie, Shoes- Target

Your thoughts?

What do you think of these outfits? Which one is your fave? Have you ever winterized your summer wardrobe? Will you be trying out any of these looks this season? Remember to let us know what you think by leaving a comment below!

Posted on on December 2, 2012 / Filed Under: Fashion Tips / Tags: , , , , , , ,

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15 Responses to “3 Ways to Winterize Your Summer Clothes”

  1. 1
    December 2nd, 2012 at 7:55 pm

    I like the tights and shorts look!

  2. 2
    December 2nd, 2012 at 8:38 pm

    Love the look with the Polka Dots and Blue Dress. I am not sure how it would look like on me though

  3. 3
    December 2nd, 2012 at 10:49 pm

    cute outfits…i love the third especially
    sad i have to wait till July to try any of these since the weather is so hot in Kenya right now

  4. 4
    December 3rd, 2012 at 12:45 am

    i love this post! I love the shorts and tights look, and never thought of wearing leggings under a maxi skirt for warmth. Duh. :) I will definitely give this a try.

  5. 5
    December 3rd, 2012 at 7:07 am

    I always wear my summer dresses in winter! I just add a lot more layers, tights, and jumpers/cardigans! When the weather outside is frightful….it helps to be wearing a sunny flowery dress :D

  6. 6
    December 3rd, 2012 at 11:40 am

    Really cute… a shame I can’t really wear them, though, since it’s all snowy here in Switzerland :) Shorts are shorts, no matter whether or not you put tights under them :)

  7. 7
    December 3rd, 2012 at 1:15 pm

    dear god, please do not encourage people to wear denim shorts with tights. looks soooo trashy/awful. I’m iffy on the tights/shorts thing to begin with, I could see maybe black shorts (I saw one girl pull off a really cute houndstooth shorts/tights combo), but denim? no.

  8. 8
    December 3rd, 2012 at 1:25 pm

    I love the dress with the shirt underneath! I am actually wearing a variation right now – a LBD with a red flannel underneath. I have to change though, becuase it turns out that it’s goingto be 75 degrees and I’m sweating. :(

    Cute ideas!

  9. 9
    December 3rd, 2012 at 5:41 pm

    I love this,but can you do an article on how to style a Christmas sweater? Tis the season;)

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