Summer dresses to accompany you through the seasons

Even in the height of summer, a warm-weather dress can need to be winter-ready in a heartbeat. We are on a mission to help you find the perfect dress to accompany you throughout the year, despite what Mother Nature has in store for us. With some of the right dresses in your wardrobe, you can wear them through the seasons to help your bank account and the environment.

With just a few smart styling tips, you can pull off your outfit any time of the year. Not sure which way to go? Fear nothing. We explain how to find a great warm weather dress that’s perfect for winter. To complete the vision, we also have a few of our favorite pieces to fill your wardrobe.

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River Island Black Mesh Bodycon Midi Dress

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Long flared dress Mango

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French Connection Birch Gingham Puff Sleeve Dress in Lavender

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New Look Brown Leopard Print Ruffle Mini Dress

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PrettyLittleThing Recycled Stone Fitted Waist Long Sleeve Shirt Dress

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Topshop retro floral tulle midi dress in khaki

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REISS Amelia Knitted Flippy Dress

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SHEIN Plain Button Front Pinafore Dress

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Off-the-Shoulder Velvet Wrap Dress

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Invest in midi and maxi designs

Summer dresses in midi and maxi lengths are versatile and reliable must-haves. They are lightweight in warmer seasons but can be worn with tights or even leggings underneath for a little extra comfort and warmth in the winter months.

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River Island Black Mesh Bodycon Midi Dress

A black dress is a classic piece that will look good whatever the season. We love the attention to detail on this form-fitting River Island style; it has a cutout detail on the shoulder, delicate flared sleeves and two daring side slits. Wear it to a weekend brunch, a lavish party, your next gathering of friends, or whatever life throws at you. The versatility of this black midi dress knows no bounds.

Switch to winter: To wear with black or nude tights and boots.

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Long flared dress Mango

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€14 (28.01%)

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£49.99

Loose and flared, the length of this Mango maxi dress makes it the perfect elegant piece to wear in warm weather while adding a little warmth to your legs during winter.

Switch to winter: Wear leggings underneath to stay warm.

Buy a dress that goes well with tights

One of the easiest ways to turn a dress into a hotter outfit is to incorporate a pair of tights into your look. Opaque black tights work best with darker, richer hued dresses, while funkier, more fashionable tights will suit solid color dresses.

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French Connection Birch Gingham Puff Sleeve Dress in Lavender

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£80

The pretty lavender hue of this smock dress is perfect for spring and summer. It features puff sleeves, a gingham pattern and a cutout back that sets it apart from other basic smocks.

Switch to winter: Pair this dress with sheer black tights and a pair of ankle boots.

Buy a dress that goes well with boots

Boots (regardless of style) are the foundation of any winter wardrobe. Mini dresses are one of the easiest pieces to wear with a pair of boots. And of course, a mini dress is also perfect when worn with sandals in the sun.

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New Look Brown Leopard Print Ruffle Mini Dress

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With a flattering fit and warm colors, this leopard print dress is sure to turn heads in any season. We especially love the layered ruffles on her skirt.

Switch to winter: Wear with high block heeled boots and black tights.

Choose dresses with sleeves

UK weather isn’t exactly the most reliable – one minute it’s warm and sunny, the next it’s raining cats and dogs. Buying a dress with sleeves is therefore a safe bet for cooler spring evenings as well as for freezing winter days.

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PrettyLittleThing Recycled Stone Fitted Waist Long Sleeve Shirt Dress

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Made from an innovative recycled yarn from plastic bottles, this shirt dress features a bold cropped hemline and a fitted design that flatters your waist. The clean lines at the collar and cuffs make this an elegant dress that is perfect for spring and summer. But with a few additions, you have the perfect look for the colder months.

Switch to winter: Wear with tights and chunky trainers for a more laid-back look.

Buy a dress that you can layer

One of the best ways to dress for winter is to incorporate layers into your outfit. Invest in cropped cardigans or sweaters that hit just above your waist for a layered look that doesn’t make you look too shapeless.

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Topshop retro floral tulle midi dress in khaki

Delicate straps and mesh material make this Topshop a lovely warm weather dress while its slim silhouette is flattering even if you’ve piled on a bunch of chunky knits.

Switch to winter: Wear with chunky boots like the model and a pastel colored cardigan for a touch of brightness.

Opt for a knit dress for a little warmth

Knit dresses are one of the easiest pieces to adapt to the weather. Even the lightest ones will provide some warmth, which is perfect for the cold months but not stifling on hot summer days.

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REISS Amelia Knitted Flippy Dress

We can’t get enough of the swirling skirt of this camel mini-dress. Its cropped hemline is tastefully balanced with a high neck design and short sleeves. The attention to detail makes this dress extra special – if you look closely you’ll notice a knitted design that really cinches the waist thanks to its diamond shape.

Switch to winter: Wear with heeled boots and thick tights.

Buy something you can pair with a turtleneck

After investing in layers like cardigans, sweaters, and shawls, don’t forget to pick out a turtleneck or two that might work well under your favorite dress. Fitted turtlenecks in block colors work best under something simple and strappy.

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SHEIN Plain Button Front Pinafore Dress

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£12.99
€15.49

Cute and preppy, this dark orange pinafore is perfect for layering over long-sleeve or short-sleeve tops. It has a unique vintage quality thanks to its pockets and buttons on the front of the dress.

Switch to winter: Layer it over a white or black turtleneck and pair it with matching ankle boots.

Invest in rich colors

Deep, warm and velvety colors will always and always be trendy during the winter. But when paired with a mauve, burgundy, or navy hue, you’ll have a spring dress that’s appropriate any time of year, depending on the occasion.

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Off-the-Shoulder Velvet Wrap Dress

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£45
£75

No matter the time of year, this dress will do the trick. Its pretty neckline and off-the-shoulder design make it perfect for garden parties, while its dark wine color is gorgeous at Christmas.

Switch to winter: Wrap up and stay warm with a long coat over this dress when you’re on the go.

Can you wear a dress in winter?

Absoutely! While wearing a dress in the middle of winter might seem a bit strange, it’s easy to style a dress to be appropriate in cold weather. When shopping for a dress, try to take into consideration how you can rearrange the room to make it work for winter.

How to turn warm clothes into winter clothes?

Converting summer dresses into winter clothes is not as difficult as one might think. Investing in cardigans and tights is an easy way to update your spring/summer wardrobe. Alternatively, shopping for dresses that work well with boots or layered with sweaters is a smart move.


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