How to style a sundress for colder weather

So you’ve got your favorite sundress in the closet that you want to keep wearing as the weather gets colder. Now, how to make it warm enough to keep wearing in the winter and fall? This post is all about transitioning warm weather dresses into a cute & cozy cold weather outfit.

In this look, I took a sweater and layered it over top of a sundress. Then I added a belt to bring in the waist and make the dress look more like a skirt. Perfect fall / winter look with the jewel toned purple sweater and black and white striped dress.

Other ways you can winterize your summer sundresses would be to:

  1. Wear a blazer over top. You can add a coat over that if needed for going outside, or wear it with just the blazer if the weather is warm enough.
  2. Add turtleneck underneath. A mock turtleneck works to add warmth and would still look cute.
  3. Add a button up shirt. Depending on the style of dress, you could add a button up shirt underneath, or over the top, belted or unbelted to warm up the look.
  4. Accessorize! I just had knee high boots in this look, but if the temps drop lower, I would add tights, a scarf, gloves, a poncho, or even leggings underneath to keep warm. Earmuffs, anyone? And how about a muff? Those warm cylinder shaped things Victorian women stuffed their hands in to keep them warm. Yeah. I want one of those. Let’s bring muffs back!
  5. Add a cardigan. I am always wearing cardigans at work to keep warm. Because, yes, sometimes we are cold indoors in the winter. Then you can just layer your coat over the top when you go out.
  6. Add a skirt. Under or over. Another skirt layered over the top or underneath can add volume and warmth.
  7. Add a sweater. I already did that in this look, but another way to add a sweater is to wear it underneath the dress. This sweater would have worked good under as well as over because it isn’t too bulky. If the sweater is really bulky or chunky, wear it over the top.

How are you bringing your summer clothes into winter? Mostly I wear a tank top underneath my tops everyday to add another thin layer of warmth to my core.

To anyone praying for my friend who has leukemia; after three different types of chemo, one finally worked! Her blood count has now gone from 90% of cancer cells to less than 5%. However, she has treatment resistant cancer so will be needing the bone marrow transplant. Pray that she finds a donor match needed for this. Her siblings are testing for this right now.

Merry Christmas to everyone near and far.

Fear not, for 2020 is almost over… 

(What? Is that not a traditional holiday greeting?)

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Styling a basic tee for fall

Continuing on last weeks theme this week – styling a basic tee for fall. With motivation from tees compliments of Mott and Bow. (All opinions are my own.) This look is definitely an early fall look, as I’ll be ditching the shorts altogether when the weather gets really cold. But, as most of us realize by now, motivation is hard to find this year, so take it from wherever you can and just go with it.

Mott & Bow fitted crew tee shirt, c/o; jean shorts, old; Navy blue duster cardigan, a gift; Sole Society gray combat boots, gifted, more boots here. Cat ear Betsey Johnson sunglasses, Marshall’s, old; Hair scrunchie, Marshall’s; Interlocking circle necklace and earrings, Kohl’s, old.

So, we tried to take off on a little adventure to the gorge last weekend. We didn’t just try, off we went. Only to get out there and discover a lot of the parking lots were closed to most of the falls. Some had signs saying it was due to the fires. We weren’t sure if it was the current fires over in Clackamas County or the Big Fire that swept through the gorge a couple of years ago.

However, we did get out at Latourell Falls, and you can go to the falls, but the other hiking paths are closed. Bridal veil falls was open, but overflow parking was closed so we couldn’t find anywhere to park. Multnomah Falls parking lot off the Columbia Historic Highway was closed, however, you can still park at the one off the freeway. Horsetail Falls parking lot was closed. I was starting to get so bummed, I dubbed this The Year Of No Fun Whatsoever.

And also, don’t go chasing waterfalls. Really. Don’t. They’re all closed. Technically, if you can see them without going on any hiking trails, they’re still there for you to see as you drive by. But that’s it. Keep your arms and legs in the vehicle at all times. It’s not safe to get out and look around this year. There’s Covid and murder hornets and fires with lots of ash out there.

As it’s rained a bit more this past week, maybe you can go hike to them at this time. But now you’ll probably slide off the trails. Don’t say I didn’t warn you…

The good news is, my Mott  & Bow tee was not only comfy, but also good for an ‘attempting to have an adventure’  sort of look. I paired it with a long duster cardigan – they’re coming back! – and combat boots for an attempt to be warm in the shade and cool in the sunshine. Exactly what the changing season calls for.

As usual, thank you for stopping by. May your week be filled with sunshine – but no raging fires.

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