How To Wear A Summer Dress In December

Tina, here.

One of our main core philosophies at Tina Adams Wardrobe Consulting when it comes to shopping is to buy fewer pieces that are classics so you can wear them over the years in multiple ways, in multiple seasons. Reinvent your core wardrobe staples every season to double, even triple, your options, without spending more and crowding your closet. We show you how to get a lot of mileage out of those classic closet staples.

How To Wear A Summer Dress In December

Take a white summer dress, for instance. During the summer months I wear this white dress with pretty sandals and straw clutches. But to wear it in December requires some invention.

So today, dolls, I'm showing you how to wear a summer dress in December.

How To Wear A Summer Dress In December

Here is my white dress. A simple backdrop for any season and any occasion with the right accessories. If you don't have a white dress yet, I feel like I don't even know you! You need one. Style Vault members got an amazing deal on one last spring, and these suggestions will work just as well with that pretty white dress. (In fact, in January I'm showing you the greatest hits from 12 months of the Style Vault, and how to reinvent them in new ways!) If you need a white or off-white dress, I've just added a couple to the Style Notes section of the December Style Vault. One with sleeves, too, which is under $100, and another really nice one 60% off!

1. A Summer Dress With A Fur Stole

How To Wear A Summer Dress In December

The easiest way to winterize a dress is to add a fur stole. Vintage is even better!

How To Wear A Summer Dress In December

A white dress in December works great for a dressy occasion, so pile on the sparkle. Red shoes would have been a nice pop here, for a holiday event perhaps. But I chose to stick to neutrals. I just added a similar bejeweled heel like this one to the December Style Notes!

How To Wear A Summer Dress In December

This was my mother's fur stole. Her monogram is inside, making it all the more special to me. One of our clients brought a gorgeous vintage fur stole to show me at our Holiday Party this past weekend that she had just bought, with a similar monogram sewn inside. Just make up a story about who gave it to you if you find one in a vintage store!

2. A Summer Dress With A Pretty Jacket

How To Wear A Summer Dress In December

Another favorite way I like to wear summer clothes in the winter is to just add a jacket. This works over t-shirts and jeans as well as with dresses.

How To Wear A Summer Dress In December

This is my Chanel jacket you met last summer. I bought it a few years ago on MAJOR sale (a rarity in Chanel-world) as a reward for a business goal I had set. So I try to wear it every chance I get to drive down the cost per wear. It goes with everything I own, because it's a neutral. So, yes, I wear it with heavy wool pants, blue jeans, and of course summer dresses.

How To Wear A Summer Dress In December

I'm back to a neutral shoe with this ensemble. I like a quiet winter wardrobe. I've added some pretty winter heels to the December Style Vault you can wear next summer, too.

3. A Summer Dress With A Black Sweater

How To Wear A Summer Dress In December

I'm on a black and white kick. I've been watching beautiful old black and white holiday movies and it's that silver screen feeling I must be after. Check out my holiday movie list for what I've been watching (plenty of the best modern day films, too).

How To Wear A Summer Dress In December

I often fasten the middle button of a cardigan to draw me in at the waist, but in this case, it felt a bit softer to leave it open.

How To Wear A Summer Dress In December

I love soft blush with black and white. It feels so feminine. I also love pearls. With anything.

How To Wear A Summer Dress In December

Black patent shoes are THE shoes that go with absolutely everything. 12 months out of the year. When in doubt, wear black patent. New styles of black patent shoes just added to the Style Vault, December Style Notes.

Summer dresses not to wear in December? Linen, and Lily Pulitzer, unless you're in a tropical locale. The rule there is wear whatever the weather dictates! So I hope you'll wear your summer dresses with confidence this winter!

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Thanks for reading!

Best,

Tina

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