lilly dress as a skirt

fall out of summer-how to make fall outfits out of summer dresses

Well, poo,  I guess I need to come to terms…sigh…it really is fall in Indiana now.  I’ve seen too many escapee leaves to think differently.   I know a lot of you are pretty happy about the cooler weather, but I make no secret of my loathing for the cool/cold.  I can’t stand it.  Fall isn’t too awful, but usually right behind it comes the dreary, dreadful winter weather.  The trees are ugly and bare, everything is so colorless.  There are no flowers and usually no sun.  Kind of depressing, really.  If you live in a southern or western state, you probably welcome the “cold” because, well, it isn’t really cold!!  Not sure why I never made it out of Indiana since I can’t stand the weather 3/4 of the year; I guess because my family is here and it truly is home for me.  I’ve never lived anywhere but Indiana.  How boring, I know.  I’m just a Hoosier through and through.  Ok, ok, enough of the babble and on to the important stuff–I’m about to show you how to “winterize” your wardrobe!

Are you one of those people who feels the need to store your summer stuff away at the first sight of a fallen leaf?? Or your cardigans are packed away somewhere because it’s summer??  You are?  Now why would you go and do a thing like that?  Hehe, just giving you a hard time, but seriously, I wear pretty much everything I own ALL year long, with the exception of some heavy wool sweaters in the middle of summer, of course.  Everything else, yeah, it stays out where I can see it and get to it!  I am also in the minority and can dress rather quirky sometimes, but if you’re in the market for something a little different this fall/winter season, stick with me.  You just may get a little inspired… 😉

I don’t know about you, but I just got tired of all my fun dresses going to waste because it was too cold to wear them.  Oh piffle.  Go grab a thin pullover sweater or a cardigan/jacket , an adorable summer dress, and then  come back.  I’ll wait here…  I’m about to show you how to wear summer dresses in the fall or winter!

For example:

crew neck sweater over a tank dress for fall


This one is one of those bandage maxi dresses that used to be pretty popular.  I will continue to wear mine b/c it is mega comfy.  I put on a peplum top and a moto jacket over the top of mine.  I do that a lot with dresses to change up the look of them and to just in general be more creative with my outfits.  Doing this also makes your wardrobe so much more versatile!!

bailey 44 bandage dress anthropologie

Oops I did it again.  Made another dress into skirt.  This one was a huge hit on IG.  Lilly is pretty popular right now…and with good reason.  Have I told you I love bright colors???  This was a fun one to put together.

lilly dress as a skirt


I have also been known to rock a white button down under a summer dress.  You haven’t seen the last of this look yet…

I also show how to style a fancy dress as a work dress in this post.

madewell cobalt fit and flare dress


I have also turned this maroon summer dress into a casual fall outfit with this super cute La Senorita Jolie Bobbi Hoodie.  (Check out my other LSJ items!)

la senorita jolie polka dot sweatshirt


This one is SUPER old but I still adore it.  It’s from Free People so many years ago.  It is cut SOOOO low, which is why I threw on a pinstriped, ruffled tee under it.  Also a jean jacket for the brisk autumn air.  This is still one of my very fave dresses to this day.  Well…because hot pinkish purple flowers and tulle underneath.

silk black floral dress free people


…and how about a bright orange dress worn with navy and some brogues for a fallish feel??

boden orange dress


Here’s that l’il striped number again.  This time I wore a black tee and a heart cardigan for some fun pattern mixing action…

crewcuts sequin caroline cardigan


Sooooo what if the temps rival the arctic, you ask?  You put on some tights and booties/boots!  Don’t have any booties??  You definitely are lacking an autumn wardrobe staple!!

This one turned out to be one of my favorite looks!  And to think some of you ladies would store this baby away for the fall/winter!  Don’t do it!  Put on a tee, a jacket, tights, boots, and of course your favorite Starbucks mug, and off to work (or wherever) you go, looking super adorable in your creative summer turned fall ensemble, I might add 🙂

anthropologie strapless navy romper


The dress above and the dress below–I owned both and sold them for nothing.  Then I realized later that I made a huge mistake.  Yep.  I hate it when I do that.  I sell stuff then see it somewhere and realize I HAVE to have it back.  So then I have to go scour the internet for them again!  Lucky I found them both (again) in my size!

I absolutely LOVE this one.  Any person who knows me knows that I am obsessed with bright colors.  Obviously this dress does not disappoint in that department.  I put on some purple tights to showcase the purple in the top and my trusty brogues again.

floral silk top dress anthropologie

Then there’s this adorable Anthro dress.  Fortunately, I was smart ’nuff to keep this one and didn’t have to do a frantic search to buy it back.  Precious, ain’t it?  Cock-a-doodle-doooooooooooooo

anthropologie green rooster halter dress


Same deal with this one as I did with the navy one.  I put on a tee shirt (I find that v-necks work a little better just so your entire chest area isn’t plain white), belt, cardigan, tights, and booties.  And off I went on my merry way.

anthropologie strapless rose dress



Gonna be a rock n roll singer.  Gonna be a rock n roll star…oh goodness, getting off topic here.  Ok, so basically here’s another sleeveless summer dress that I have made in to a fall, or even winter outfit.  And the brogues are on major repeat.

star dress from anthropologie


Seriously, how cute IS this dress???  My cardigan, to my surprise, was a perfect color match to the top of this dress!  I grabbed it as I was running out the door!  These leopard (or cheetah?) shoes, if you haven’t noticed already, are a main go-to!

tulle dress anthropologie


This one is just kinda for fun, but you can still wear tulle in autumn with some other pieces that “fall it up” a bit.  I LOVE this outfit!!  I was not the creative genius behind it, though.  This was totally inspired by Instagram.  (By the way, if you’re not on IG, you are missing out on the fun.  I am hosting a Bon Jovi song style challenge with my pal Jennifer from for October!! You should definitely check it out! If you are on IG, follow me @loopyscorpio!)

juicy couture lips sweatshirt and tulle skirt


Who doesn’t love blush and black together?  I love how the black accessories toughen up the sweet, soft girl blush exterior.  I mean, don’t you??

blush dress with black accesories


Alright, I hope I’ve bullied you into keeping your summer clothes out all year!!  The best part about wearing your warm weather dresses now?  Well, they are on sale in anticipation for the stores to get their new fall/winter stuff in!  You know how you have to go get stuff on sale and it’s seasonal so you get a great deal but then you have to wait months and months to actually wear it??  Yeah, you won’t have that problem if you take my advice and wear it NOW!!  You’re welcome!!

For some awesome deals on some unique, fun, rockin’ dresses, go to Shopstyle, Vince Camuto, Betsey Johnson, Saks Fifth Avenue (for up to 70% off!!!), Thred Up (up to 90% off retail prices!!), and Wild Fox!!!  For some great boots, head over to Hunter!!  You don’t even have to leave the comfort of your own living room!  So, um, what are you waiting for exactly??

As always, you’re awesome for stopping by.  Come back again please!  If you’re not good at keeping up with blogs, follow me on Facebook at My Fashion Fingerprint!  If you are interested in seeing my daily outfits for some possible inspiration, follow me on IG @loopyscorpio!!




7 thoughts on “fall out of summer-how to make fall outfits out of summer dresses”

  1. I’ve just recently discovered the shirt over a dress idea and I love it! You are so inspiring! I always just thought you could put a cardigan over a dress but putting a shirt on and treating it like a skirt is brand new to me! I can’t wait to extend the wear of my summer dresses with this little trick and also to bust out all the fun tights for fall and winter! GREAT post!

    1. Julia, you are too cute and sweet!! All of your outfits look fab so I def can’t wait to see your new creations with my quirky ideas!!! Lol! Hey I’m all about holding on to summer as, long as possible so I figure I’ll just keep wearing the summer clothes! So many more outfits to be made! Thank you for stopping by and for the compliments!! Xoxo

  2. Love every single adorable outfit! You really have an eye for putting it all together so seemlessly! thanks for sharing!

      1. Lol! I think it’s seamlessly you’re looking for! And thank you so much for the super kind words and for taking the time to visit my blog and comment!! Much appreciated!!

  3. I am so with you on this !!! I am going to attempt all of these awesome suggestions for sure !!! You look amazing in everything , of course ! The green dress with stars is my fav !!

    1. Well that’s because YOU are awesome!! I never have been one to store my seasonal clothes!!

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