Sunday, 15 October 2017

Transitioning My Summer Wardrobe | The Summer Dress


I think this is probably going to be the last post in this little mini series (first two here and here if you're interested), mainly because the 'transitional' period between summer and autumn seems like it's just about over and before long I'm pretty sure it'll be woollies all the way (which I'm actually now super excited about - gimme allllll the jumpers).

This dress is one that I barely wore all summer bar when I was actually on holiday, which I'm kind of gutted about because it really is the perfect summer dress so I'm not sure why it got pushed to the back of my wardrobe. Realising this, I pulled it out the other week and layered it up before noticing that it would make the perfect outfit for one of these transitional posts. I would never have thought that it would look right with such dark colours, but the contrast works fine and the dress looks totally different than during summer. The dress itself is an oldie from New Look, which is well on its way to becoming my favourite shop ever (sorry Topshop).

Throughout summer I would wear this dress by itself just with sandals (you can see how in this post from way back when). You can't see in these pictures, but it's strappy and has a nice little tie detail at the back so it's one that I've always taken at face value and worn when it's been really hot. If I'd thought about it more, I'd have come to the conclusion that it's still a really nice dress even when you can't see the back detail and midi dresses really are perfect for this time of year when you'd still like to get away with no tights, but don't want to alarm people when your legs go all goose-bumpy. I've also generally started to wear midi dresses more and more, mainly because they're work appropriate as well as being a nice comfortable option for the weekend.





As I said, I was surprised that this contrast works as I went for all black apart from the dress itself. This means that the dress is still the standout piece in the outfit, but the black really pulls it into autumn by making the outfit as a whole a little moodier. The top I've layered it over is an old crop top from Topshop, which I bought mid crop top obsession when I was at university and could get away with flaunting my belly, but I don't think that would go down so well at work so I never wear it anymore. The faux leather jacket and boots are both from Topshop too and despite being a year old are both still available - I find Topshop are great for keeping things in stock for a long time, which comes in very handy when I'm in need of a new pair of chelsea boots or jeans. 

I'm not sure how much longer I'll be able to get away with midi dresses without tights, but I'm really enjoying pairing them with boots and I'm finding that as long as I wrap up on my top half I don't get too nippy so I'm planning to do it for as long as possible.






Dress - New Look (old) | Jacket - Topshop (here) | Boots - Topshop (here) | Top - Topshop (old)

Amy x


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  1. Looove the way you've brought this look into the colder season - the leather jacket adds so much to the outfit, and I adore your hair with this braid, such a sweet style!

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    1. Thanks lovely, it's my favourite hairstyle to do when I have the time! xx

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  2. Looks lovely on you! I've been loving midi length things without tights at the moment too - trying to keep it as long as I can until Winter! x

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    1. Thank you so much! I'm trying to keep it up as long as I can too! xx

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  3. One of the best transition outfits I've seen. The pattern with the all black looks so good! And the booties were made for you ! :)


    http://www.desiringsme.com/tres-parisienne/

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    1. Aw thank you! I love these boots so much I always re-buy them haha! xx

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  4. This is such a genius transitional piece! It looks great with that leather jacket!

    www.makeupisdelish.com

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    1. Thanks lovely! Glad it's leather jacket weather again! xx

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  5. That is such a beautiful dress! It's great that you could find a way to layer it up and make it work for cooler weather, as it's too pretty to be hidden in a wardrobe! :)

    I love dresses with ankle boots too (actually my current post on my blog, ha!) and dresses and leather jackets work so well too, I love every bit of this outfit :)

    Hope you have had great weekend! :)

    Away From The Blue Blog

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    1. It's definitely too pretty to be hidden away isn't it! Thanks so much lovely xx

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  6. Yesss I'm also loving a midi at the moment while we can still get away with bare legs but it's not properly hot. I love the layered top underneath the dress, I always think long or short sleeves look so good under something strappy and I'll probably continue doing that as long as I can with jumpers if possible when it gets colder. Also - this is such a pretty street! Pastel houses are always a winner xxx

    Sophie | Sophar So Good

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    1. It's the only pastel street in Hull but it's a goodun! Layers with midis are definitely the way I'm going! xx

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  7. Wellllll that dress is the absolute cutest on you lady! I'm all for wearing summer/smock dresses over t-shirts or roll necks and pairing them with boots in the winter. It's such a shame to just have 'summer clothes' so I'll all about making them work for A/W too love! Fab post lovely!

    Hayley xo
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    1. Thank you so much lovely, yeah exactly, I don't want to pack all my summer clothes away! xx

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  8. What a great way of transitioning and updating the dress, I really like the jacket paired with it!
    Have a lovely day :)
    Rosanna x
    Rose's Rooftop

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    1. Thanks Rosanna, hope you're having a lovely week so far! xx

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  9. I love this. I need to invest in midi dresses as I don't own any. I always wear dresses with tights, ha.

    Corinne x
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    1. You would really suit midi dresses, they're such a good investment too xx

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  10. You transformed the dress beautifully to an autumn piece using darker accessories, looks great!

    Marije | thegfguide.com

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    1. Thanks so much lovely, I was surprised it worked! xx

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