How To Layer Your Summer Dresses for Fall

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This morning when I stepped out into the AM light, I was met with something unexpected, yet entirely welcome: Crisp air. 66 degrees is by no means frigid, but it got me excited for what lies ahead; those breezy, fresh days of early autumn and all the sweaters, boots, and jackets that come with them.

But just because the days are beginning to cool doesn’t mean I’m packing away my summer clothes just yet – in fact, one of my favorite outfit combinations is a soft and cozy sweater thrown over an airy summer dress. Contrast and warmth, perfection. But there’s more than one way to layer up for the seasonal transition …

Layering Summer Dresses

Layering Summer Dresses

Layering Summer Dresses

Get the look: Shaggy Knit Pullover, Circle of Flowers Slip, Breton Heeled Boot, Osiris Necklace.

I love how the raw edge of this dress plays against a super soft pullover, with the raw hem peeking out just so. Open-back booties in oxblood can be worn now, and paired with socks as the temperature gets colder.

Layering Summer Dresses

Layering Summer Dresses

Layering Summer Dresses

Get the look: Harry’s Babe Dress, Exploded Plaid Buttondown, Shark Hem Cotton Cardigan, Amazing Pointelle Thigh High, Truemay Lace Up Boot.

Cooler weather offers the perfect excuse to play with color and pattern. Top your airy crepe dresses with a menswear flannel and an oversize sweater to stay warm in the morning; if the weather gets hot, all you need to do is remove a layer. This is also the time of year to start experimenting with thigh-highs and cute ankle socks!

Layering Summer Dresses

Layering Summer Dresses

Get the look: Elise Pintuck Mini DressFireworks CardiHigh Rise Roller SkinnyPebble Madison Flat.

For reasons having to do with the polar vortex, this past winter, I began layering dresses over jeans and fell in love with the look. To keep things from throwing too far back (think: 1996) toss a simple slip-dress over dark jeans and top with a sweater jacket, slipping on low profile flats to complete the outfit.

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Comments

LamentingLizzie -August 18, 2014, 8:44AM

Ha, thank you for avoiding 1996. Dark denim with a slip dress is lovely and actually a style I have been wearing a lot of lately.

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rhiannon -August 18, 2014, 9:38AM
Alexa -August 18, 2014, 9:51AM

Most people don’t actually like this ‘in between’ season but I love it. Putting summer dresses with thick knitted jumpers and boots is my heaven. Love all the layers!

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Hypnotica Vintage -August 18, 2014, 10:03AM

When I was falling asleep last night I was thinking “guess I need a new jean jacket”
fall is coming, the apples are appearing at the farmer’s market
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Beryl Arianne -August 18, 2014, 11:35AM

The juxtaposition of textures is absolutely stunning. This post definitely has convinced me to delay putting away my summer dresses until the end of fall!

Michelle -August 18, 2014, 11:42AM

Love all the textures!

Alexandra -August 18, 2014, 12:48PM

Pretty! I’m all about the cardigans, knee socks, and riding boots!

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Juliette Laura -August 18, 2014, 12:57PM

SO so excited about this! Dying for fall.

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Christine -August 19, 2014, 12:54AM

Hi freepeople, how do I layer my short overall this fall?

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Mollie -August 19, 2014, 2:51AM

great inspiration, thanks! i was just wondering how should i style my summer dresses for the colder days ^^

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dani -August 19, 2014, 6:31AM

Autumn is my favorite season, because dressing in layers is so fun! It’s such a great inspiration to make my favorite floaty summer dresses into a fall wardrobe staple. Great inspiration post!

<3 dani
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amy -August 19, 2014, 12:00PM

LOVE this, might try it myself! <3

Shelley -August 19, 2014, 5:44PM

Love all these looks. Thanks for the great tips!
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Anna -August 22, 2014, 8:00AM

Wow. I love the colourful shrugs over pretty floral prints.

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