How to Wear Summer Dresses in Winter: 1 Dress, 3 Different Outfits

Lizzy Capps
by Lizzy Capps

In this tutorial, I’m going to show you how to wear summer dresses in winter in three different ways. That’s right, you can totally make a summer dress into a winter one, and there's more than one way to do it!

We're going to be looking at how to layer a summer dress for winter and so much more. Let's get started.

The dress that I’m going to be styling in all three looks is an olive green slip dress that has a cowl neck.

Wearing a summer dress in winter

1. Summer dress over a turtleneck

The first outfit that we are starting off with is nice and casual. I started by putting a long-sleeve, high-neck top underneath the dress.

Depending on what kind of dress you have, you could also style it on top of a sweater as well. But if your dress is a thin material or quite tight, then a sweater would bulk it out a bit too much, which we don’t want.

Then, I feel like the standard way to make a summer dress a bit more wintery is just to throw on some tights.

Another winter staple is the biker boot. I have my Doc. Martens right here, and they go with every single winter outfit.

In terms of accessories, whenever I have something high-neck, I always love to put a chunky chain on. I really think that it just adds a little something-something.

For some extra warmth, I did throw on a beanie as well, and then any cropped jacket works with this outfit. I haven’t done here but something else that you could do is just throw on a little belt.

Make summer dress into winter one

2. Summer dress under a sweater

With the second outfit, I’m actually putting a sweater on over the top of the dress so that the dress looks like a skirt.

This sweater folds under quite nicely to give it a bit of a cropped feel. But if you don’t have that, go ahead and pop a belt on, and then you can just tuck the sweater under, and you are good to go.

For footwear, I whacked on a pair of over-the-knee boots just to keep my legs a little bit warmer, but again you could pop a pair of tights on.

Basically all the boot and jacket combos in this video you can chop and change, so you can definitely whack on some biker boots and a leather jacket.

Then, I nicked my mum’s trench coat because I think that it goes with pretty much everything, and then I added a black scarf which ties in with the black boots to round it off a little bit.

How to wear summer dresses in winter

3. Summer dress tucked into jeans

My third and final look for you guys is a little bit more glam, but it does have the option to dress it down as well.

If you have a dress that has a really beautiful neckline or some detail going on the top half, you can definitely wear it as a top. But, again, it kind of depends on the material and the thickness of the dress when you do this.

Because this is a loose-fitting dress and I’m wearing it with loose-fitting jeans, I did pop on a belt to cinch in the waist, and then I went with a pair of heels. This is where you can switch it with a pair of Air Force or Converse, whatever your preferred sneaker style is.

Because I’m not doing a lot of layering in this outfit, I need something else on top to keep me a bit warmer, so I went for my dad’s oversized leather coat, but an oversized blazer or oversized denim jacket would also look really cool. T

hen I’ve got a black clutch, and this is the perfect "drinks with the girls" or date night outfit.

How to wear summer dresses in winter

I hope that I showed you guys how versatile a summer dress can be. It’s definitely not just confined to summer. You’ve just got to be a bit imaginative with your styling, and you’ve got a winter layering piece that makes a million different outfits. 

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