Transitioning your Summer Clothes into all 4 Seasons

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As much as I’m not a winter girl, I’m thankful that I live in a state that experience’s all four seasons; because there are few things in life that can take your breath away, like driving around a bend in the road and being met by a sea of colorful leaves. Fall is here in all its reddish -gold glory, and it’s all because seasons change.

New seasons in our own lives can be both thrilling and terrifying, but never be discouraged because seasons change and juuuust when we think we can’t handle one more snowflake or one more 90 degree day (both metaphorically and in reality)…a new season is right around the corner.

So, whatever season you may find yourself in today, I pray that you’re heart is encouraged, because seasons will change and we are promised to never be handed more than we can handle. And just as seasons change in our lives and in our world, there’s one other place that seasons change…in our closet! (Oh you knew there was a segway in there somewhere 😉

I had a conversation with someone recently who grew up in California. She never understood what all her Mid-Western family was talking about when they mentioned “changing over their closets.” She moved here in January. She gets it now.

With some items it makes complete sense to let them live in your closet year round. Layering tanks, ballet flats etc. But other items, like say a really cute pair of shorts that you love to rock in August, will only make you sad when you stare at them in the middle of February.

Today, we’re going to talk about an item that has free reign to live in your closet year round. A Dress. But, we’re not just going to talk about it, because that would be really boring, let’s look at how we can take the one dress and style it to wear through all 4 seasons.

This is all about getting the most bang for your buck and offering you a little encouragement when all you want to do is shop! 😉 …You might not need to, you might have everything you need to transition into Fall and Winter already. Don’t believe me? Let’s check it out.

Say hello to my little dress.

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This dress has been a standby for a few years.  (It’s no longer available in stores, it was one of those designer colabs  from Target,BUT you can find similar ones here, here & here.  Thanks Shopstyle App! )

AND with a few simple accessories changes we’ll take this little frock from Winter to Spring and back again.

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First up lets see how to wear this dress in the summer months.

When it’s warmer, this dress works great sleeveless and allows the frayed detail on the shoulder seams to show off.  Too jazz it up a little, just stack a little rose-gold party on your wrist..

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Watch and Bracelet are both from the Limited.  And yes, sadly, a few pieces of bling have fallen by the wayside.  I’m just going with, “I leave a little sparkle wherever I go” and moving on. 😀

This belt was a new purchase this year from Aldo.  LOVE this belt and how it lightens up this dress for the summer months.  Add a nude pump and a neutral bag ( i won this Jessica Simpson at an auction 2 years ago!  It goes with everything.  Best $40 I ever spent on a purse. PLUS…its for the kids.) 😉

This look works great in the spring as well, you may just need to add a little sweater depending on where you live.  Spring in MI is really moody. You could either wear this look as is OR with a down-filled parka 😉

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Moving right along to Fall.  We’ll take our accessories to the dark side.

Trade your neutral belt for a black studded one.  This one is from Target.  There’s something really fun about leather and “lace” together.

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Add a Black boyfriend Blazer like this one from Forever 21.  Switch up your jewelry from arm party to neck party?…is that a thing?  Well either way, this multi-teared black necklace from the Limited is a good time and a GREAT investment.  It can jazz up anything from a lace dress to a T-shirt.  I’d also change out my shoes and bag….she said staring dramatically down at her toes.

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Bag is from Aldo and Gladiator Sandals are from Target.  I bought these shoes  “so last season,” but here’s a similar pair 🙂

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By this time in the photo shoot process, I was getting a little loopy.  And Gunther had clearly had enough

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BUT, onto winter, and giving my little buddy the “much needed” attention he demands. 😉

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So, I kept the Jacket, pinned up the hair all fancy-like.  (Not really, more like 2 min and lots of flying bobby pins.) Exchanged the necklace for a Statement Earring (a big must have this season), and added a huge sparkly cocktail ring, because I’m a girl.  Both of these are older, but I believe they too are from the Limited.  Charming Charlie’s and Forever 21 would have some great and inexpensive options as well.

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To keep your legs from freezing in the chilly months tights are a girls best friend and to keep it current, I added my nude pumps for a little pop.  BUT if you’re not feeling that adventurous, Black Patent  Leather will work equally as well. I’d stick with patent leather though, WAY easier to keep clean in the snow and salt.

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Sunglasses. (TJ Maxx) Not just for summer.

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Self.  Never to be taken too seriously.

Hope this gives you a little encouragement to re-work your closet and use what you have.

Go forth and accessorize.

Until next time,

Meg

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Comments

  1. This looks like it was such a fun post to create! I struggle with transitional clothing but feel like I’m getting better. My husband grew up in Miami and like your cousin, he also didn’t understand “switching out the clothes.”

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  2. Lana Alexander says:

    Great tips…thanks! And Gunther looks great, too. Reminds me of our cocker spaniel, Alex.

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  3. Adorable, I love accessories! That looks fun too!

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  4. You did a great job with changing up the accessories and adding the jacket and leggings. The way fashion is today you could even use a complimentary patterned scarf. Thanks for sharing this week on Oh My Heartsie Girl. Have a great weekend!!

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  5. arrayofstyle says:

    Love this!! Such a really great idea for a post, so many people have trouble with this. Great way to get the most out of an item. I love your blog. So glad I found you today on the Pin Junkie Link Up! Follow back, I think you will like my site too.
    xoxo
    Ashley
    http://www.arrayofstyle.com

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  6. I often just bung a cardie over a summer dress and a pair of tights but I’m not sure it looks quite so “put together” as you do here. I think its all the little accessories, belts etc that really make a difference. Lovely!

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  7. I love seeing ways to rework closet staples! This dress is so cute, and it look great with the blazer!

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  8. I’m really trying to learn how to use my clothes in different seasons (sometimes hard since Colorado can be SO hot and SO cold at the same time) but this gave me some good ideas! Especially switching the colors of accessories, never really thought about that before! (I’m hardly a fashionista)

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  9. I definitely have a few things I wear year-round. Some of my neutral shorts look great with a sweater, tights, and leg warmers. My summer tank tops also layer really well under long-sleeved tops and sweaters in the winter.

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  10. Cute!
    It’s so true! Dresses are extremely versatile and can be paired with so many different options!
    Love the way you styled this one!

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  11. I love this! You styled the dress so beautifully every time! It’s great inspiration, and makes me feel better when I go to buy a dress – I can really get my money’s worth out of it!

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    • Thank you so much Elizabeth. It’s true, if you have a little vision, a dress is really a wardrobe stretcher! 🙂 So glad you stopped by, love the heart behind your blog!

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  12. love love love it Megan! I have a few summer dresses I wear all year round but I think I need to invest in a more neutral coloured one because I think I might look a little out of place with blue & flower print lol thanks for the super awesome ideas!

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  13. Love it! You look like such fun 🙂 The fall look was my fav!

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  14. Great post!! I’ve actually been wondering how to transition my clothes into fall and winter outfits – thanks for the tips! I found you on the blog link-up today – it’s fun to find new blogs! 🙂

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  15. You did a fantastic job of transitioning that dress throughout the seasons! Thanks for sharing with us at Wake Up Wedensday!

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  16. I love this idea! Making summer clothes work in winter is a great way to stretch your wardrobe!

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  17. how cute are you! great tips and as someone who lives in warm weather all year round, it’s great to see summer clothes transition well into the other seasons that we don’t typically get!

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  18. I’d love to have you raid my closet and come up with some cute outfits! You’ve got me inspired! Thanks so much for sharing this at the Frugal Craft Home Blog Hop. You’ll be one of my features at our next party!

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    • Oh wow, thank you so much Carrie! And seriously, raiding other people’s closets is one of my favorite things to do! lol I love helping people discover that what they have could be enough 🙂 thanks again, so excited!

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  19. Jenna @ A Savory Feast says:

    I LOVE that dress! This is such a cool idea to take one dress and transition it for different seasons. This look is perfect for Fall. Thanks for sharing it with Hump Day Happenings.

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  20. Love how you added a darker belt, a blazer, and tights to make your dress wearable during the fall. Such a great idea.

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  21. I don’t even have a summer or winter wardrobe, even though I wish I did. I live in sunny Florida. I love the way the belts add some contrast and make it great for the different seasons. Thanks for sharing with Turn it Up Tuesday.

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  22. I love all of these looks! you are just adorable! 🙂

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  23. So cute! I love wearing dresses, but yeah, in Michigan weather I really had to layer up if I wanted to wear dresses in the winter and not freeze!

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  24. It’s so true! Are you from MI originally?

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  25. This is so excellent because I’m currently transitioning my summer wardrobe to fall. I’m a “just add leggings” girl, so I like your additional accessory ideas to complete the transition with class. Thanks for the tips!

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  26. Hello gorgeous! I love everything. You have great style! Pinned. We hope to see you at our party tonight at 7 pm. It is so fun to party with you! http://loulougirls.blogspot.com/
    Happy Monday! Lou Lou Girls

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  27. One of the few things I like about the colder months is the fabulous clothes (like by tall brown boots) and the layers we get to wear. All of your outfit ideas here are just my style. Thanks so much for sharing this at Your Turn to Shine this week!

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  28. I love your personality in all of these photos! Thanks for joining us with What Wives Wear, hope to see you back each week 🙂 The dress looks great with that thick belt, but I also like the classier look with the blazer. Your hair is beautiful pinned back in the blazer outfit!

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  29. You’re beautiful, my friend!!!! 🙂 And what an awesome idea for transitioning a dress!!! Switching belts.. an awesome idea! 🙂 Thanks for linking up with us!

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  30. Love how transitional this ONE piece of clothing was!

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  31. love how you styled this dress!

    thank you for linking up with #skirtistadiaries!

    ❤ rhea @ rheaetcetera.com

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  32. Love it! And you pup is sooo cute!

    -Jan
    janmloves.blogspot.com

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  33. Cute outfit and I really love how you changed it up!

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  34. nikkifrankhamilton says:

    First time I’ve visited and I love how you worked one dress into a year round piece. It seems that you don’t take yourself too seriously, you have fun, and it shows! BTW, I see you are from Michigan, my hubby is originally, and we live in Indiana now. Nice to meet you.

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  35. Fantastic- we are just heading into Autumn/Fall and so I love the way you have styled the dress for that particular season!

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  36. It is amazing how just add a belt and some accessories can take a dress from spring to summer.

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  37. Great post and the dress is really awesome. I found your blog thru Lisa’s 101 linkup party. I am also in wordpress and have a linkup party going on right now http://highlatitudestyle.com/2015/05/21/style-pink-motorcycle-jacket/

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  38. Gorgeous!!! Love the remix XO!! Thank you so much for sharing with #LINKUPWITHLISA @ http://www.beauty101bylisa.com/2015/05/linkupwithlisa-18-yellow-blazer.html

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  39. Congratulations Megan!! You are this weeks MOST VIEWED BEAUTIFUL BLOGGER @ http://www.beauty101bylisa.com/2015/05/linkupwithlisa-19-refashioned-maxi.html #LINKUPWITHLISA

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  40. Great tips and great looks!

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  41. So fun! I definitely need these tips – I’m trying to pare down my wardrobe but still keep options so it’s great to see how you can style one piece so many different ways! So clever 🙂 Thanks!

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    • Thanks so much Erica! Paring down can definitely be a challenge, hope this helps 🙂 so glad you stopped by, looking forward to digging into your blog 🙂

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  42. Great tips! Love your fun photos!

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  43. I really love the looks you put together! Accessories do make a world of difference in creating multiple looks!

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