How to Keep Your Summer Wardrobe Working Hard for Autumn

How to Keep Your Summer Wardrobe Working Hard for Autumn

As we race through October and the weather starts getting crisp, we’re reaching that point of putting away the summer favourites for another year. I absolutely love bringing out the long sleeve tops, opaque tights and chunky knits but I’m always very sorry to say goodbye to Summer clothes. But what if we don’t have to say goodbye to the Summer pieces this time?

Autumn can be so unpredictable weather-wise, it’s the time of year when layering really is king, so surely there’s a use for cute dresses and camis? This year I’ve resolved to make my Summer wardrobe carry on working hard for me throughout the colder months, so here are some ideas for how to use the most common summer staples in great Autumn outfits.

How to Keep Your Summer Wardrobe Working Hard for Autumn

DressM&S / Leopard blouseSimply Be / Roll neckNew Look Curves / PJ BlouseRI Plus

One Summer trend that was ever present this year was the 90’s vibe, and it turns out it isn’t going anywhere fast. There are lots of 90’s elements in AW16 design so the slip/cami dress will absolutely carry over. Luckily, this is one of the easiest pieces to layer up and carry on wearing throughout autumn too.

  • Layer it over a bold shirt or blouse for a versatile look, one that can take you to the office just as easily as out for the evening. Leopard print is big news this season and I love this leopard print pussy bow blouse.
  • Wearing a cosy roll neck underneath is a classic Autumn layering trick that works really well with a cami dress, I chose this one in burgundy as it’s an Autumn favourite colour.
  • Another trend to try is the pyjama blouse. They are everywhere at the moment, most plus brands have at least one or two on offer; I love the print of this River Island Plus number but it was a difficult choice as this one from Simply Be is also divine. It’s a modern twist on the smart blouse and whilst I was sceptical at first, I have to say I love how comfy and stylish they are.

How to Keep Your Summer Wardrobe Working Hard for Autumn


Wide fit sandalsASOS / Knee highsNavabi / Opaques Big Tights Company / Ankle socksYours Clothing

This is one of my favourite Autumn tricks but I fully recognise it might not be for everyone. I love my chunky strappy sandals, both heeled and flat, but it’s just too cold to go bare legged and open toed during autumn. With the addition of an extra layer, you can carry on wearing open toe or strappy shoes.

  • Knee highs look great with strappy shoes, especially as part of a layered outfit. Try a bright colour that contrasts with the shoes for a stand out look.
  • Coloured opaques are such an Autumn staple, I have a pair of berry coloured ones much like those pictured that I get so much wear out of. Teaming them with Summer sandals and smart thigh length dress is such a look.
  • For a more edgy look though, try ankle socks! Yours Clothing have some lovely wide fit socks with bright and cheerful prints; they look so cute with open toe flats and chunky heeled sandals. They’re a great way to add a splash of personality to your outfit!

How to Keep Your Summer Wardrobe Working Hard for Autumn

DressRI Plus / ShirtBooHoo Plus / JeansSimply Be / JumperEvans

The quintessential cute summer dress… I have so many of these, I think we all have at least one or two! The main thing that attracts me to a Summer dress is the print, so regardless of the style I usually want to keep the print alive for the Autumn season. Luckily, there are a few ways to achieve this.

  • A long sleeved shirt in a block colour (or even a clashing pattern) looks great when left open and tied at the waist, a blouse works just as well too. You could even try layering a longline shirt over the dress like a duster jacket.
  • Okay, hear me out on this one: dresses layered over jeans does give me intense early 00’s throwbacks too, but it’s a look enjoying a huge revival in fashion circles right now. Plus it’s so warm! I find that if I keep the jeans light wash or two toned then I don’t feel too much like a member of the Sugababes circa ’02.
  • This is such a simple trick, but wearing a cropped at the waist jumper with a cute summer dress instantly transforms it into a skirt. Add opaques, boots and a big scarf and this is one of my favourite early autumn looks.

If you don’t want to put your Summer favourites away, are consciously looking to get more wear out of your clothes year round or are trying to maintain a smaller wardrobe then I really hope some of the above has helped spark ideas for your own great new wardrobe combinations. For me, I’m in the ‘maintaining a smaller wardrobe’ camp and it’s making me look at the pieces I already have in a different way, which (after the initial I have nothing to wear-type frustration) has made me feel really creative every day and dare I say it… it’s actually been fun!

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