Monday, October 08, 2012

Parisiennes: Leveraging Summer Dresses

I'm back!  And I have a LOT to share!  Today, one of the more ubiquitous style ideas I saw - wearing a summer dress in cooler weather.  Ingenious, efficient, and very cute...

Dress – Miso, bracelets – Buckle, espadrilles – American Eagle Outfitters, tights – Fogal, cardigan – A.P.C., flats – Rocket Dog

Dress – Romwe, sandals – Dolce Vita, bracelet – Chan Luu, boots – Dorothy Perkins, sweater – Burberry Brit

Dress – Acne, gold sandals – Unisa, earrings – INC International Concepts, sweater – Tibi, gold tights – Emilio Cavallini, gold oxfords – Melissa Joy

Dress – Orla Kiely, bracelets – Dorothy Perkins, sandalsAntik Batik, sweater – A.P.C., tights – Old Navy, ankle boots - Unisa

Dress – Tibi, sandals – Del Rio London, bracelet – Aris Geldis, sweater – Vince, boots – Barneys New York CO-OP

Dress – Wren, earrings – Lokalwear, sandals – Givenchy, leggings – DKNY, boots – Topshop, sweater – Jardin des Orangers


  1. Well, that's one way to stretch a wardrobe. Actually it's a great idea. On occasion I have packed too light for a trip and wished I had a sweater or a pair of warmer shoes.

    Great post.

  2. I'm not overly keen, I have to say - I have an English friend married to a French man living here in the UK, and she does this with her wardrobe and her daughters. It always looks slightly off. I suppose if it was a gloriously golden sunlit October day it would work - she does it right through the winter snow and slush. It's not the design of the clothes so much - that works quite well in the examples you've given - it's more the fabric that seems wrong. Just something slightly jarring that looks slightly off

    1. I was just going to post a similar thought.

  3. Welcome back !!
    I'm looking forward to All the ideas you'll be sharing with us from your trip. Thank you so much for keeping our curious minds engaged. Interesting to see the sweater over summer dress. I have to admit, it does extend the number of wearings for a summery frock but I would be very cautious about the fabric for myself. Since I'm not much of a dress wearer in the summer
    I don't have many options that would work but I like the concept and have done it for travel in the winter with a black dress.
    Dress becomes skirt, add opaques and a pullover sweater.

  4. To my eye this looks off, also and mainly because I don't like the mix of different fabric weights. But I could see this work on a young and very slender body. Anyway, welcome back and I look forward to your sharing your trip with us.

  5. I like all of these so much...makes me wish I had more dresses!!

  6. I love this look so much. I was recently shopping for a white sundress specifically because I love the way it looks with a chunky cardigan and brown riding boots! It has a very English/French country look to me. But I can only see it working in the fall in Chicago at least... the winter slush will do a number on those delicate dresses.

  7. I like the last 2 examples the best. I agree as others posted above that sometimes the look is a bit jarring, but interesting nonetheless!

  8. Really nice transitions. Hard to do in certain parts of the country, like where I live. It's only October and I'm not warm enough wearing my sleeveless shirts with sweaters. I'm ready to go pick up a bunch of long-sleeved tees for layering.

  9. American college students (who think they have invented The Dress) have been dressing this way all winter in North Carolina where I live for several years now. The insouciance of the style works best on the very young--and the very slim.

  10. I've never thought of layering a pullover sweater over top of a dress...
    I love that Tibi dress and those Vince boots together.

  11. I love the look, but I agree that the style would better suit the young and/or the slim. For me, I'd just end up looking a shapeless mess if I threw a pullover sweater over a dress.

  12. Hmmm... I like the idea and have considered it myself, but alas I am not young and slim. Still, surely it could be adapted. I have several sleeveless dresses by Eileen Fisher out of viscose jersey which is a fabric she uses year round.

  13. A good way to maximise your investment in a dress
    We have been doing this in Oz for a while the weather in Brisbane is very mild and you can get away with it wouldn't like to do it in London in winter though I would freeze
    It is very Audry Hepburn fifities I prefer a nice cardi rather than a jumper

  14. I wear dresses under sweaters, but I think the look works better if you stick to finer gauge, as opposed to the heavy cable knits. I also like to add something at the waist to keep the feminine shape. I'll wear silk underwear under the dress if it is really cold. Adds weight without the bulk.

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  16. I suspect it is not for my body type. If it were, it is a cute way to stretch into those gorgeous fall days. WInter, no!