Summer to Winter Dress (& Friday link up reminder)

January 28, 2015

Lately I’ve seen several bloggers wearing spring/summer dresses as winter garb and looking quite adorable!  So I felt inspired to try the trick myself.  Here’s my pretty eShakti birdcage dress styled last summer on the left and for winter on the right.

I have to admit that I was a little skeptical at first. but I really like the way my outfit turned out.  I added a turtleneck with boots and tights for warmth. I think it’s a good look for teaching … comfy and modest.  And I even noticed that eShakti still has this dress and it’s on sale.  
(Actually lots of great sales right now at eShakti!)

If you’re excited to shop for spring but are still having winter weather, this would be a fun way to rationalize a new dress … style it for winter now and spring later! 
(You can always count on me for an excuse to shop!)

Need more inspiration?  Visit these two posts for more cute dress winterizing ideas: Sweaters, Stripes, and Sweets and 

And last but not least, please don’t forget to join us for the FUN FASHION FRIDAY link up party this Friday and every Friday right here at Fashion Should Be Fun!  I was so excited by the great turnout last week and can’t wait for another Friday of fashion fun!

Dawn Lucy

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  • Reply fancystuffandprettythings January 28, 2015 at 12:14 pm

    Love how you winterized that dress! It looks great!

    • Reply dawnlucy January 28, 2015 at 12:56 pm

      Thanks, Ashley! OXOX

  • Reply Ramy Hamilton January 28, 2015 at 4:41 am

    That dress has a unique style and looks very classy! Love with and without sweater! 🙂

    • Reply dawnlucy January 28, 2015 at 12:26 pm

      Thanks so much, Ramy! OXOX

  • Reply Suzanne Carillo January 28, 2015 at 1:54 pm

    Love this look! Something I would totally wear. Although here I'd need a full length winter coat on top : )


    • Reply dawnlucy January 28, 2015 at 6:11 pm

      That you would wear it is the best compliment of all! Thanks, Suzanne! Yeah, sometimes I forget how different winter dressing is in California! OXOX

  • Reply Marta January 28, 2015 at 8:57 am

    I love how you styled this pretty dress for winter, you look great!! It's really nice both ways & thanks so much for the shout out. It was my first time wearing a summer dress in the winter and I was happy how it turned out & so glad people enjoyed the post too:)

    • Reply dawnlucy January 28, 2015 at 12:26 pm

      Thanks for your inspiration, Marta! You rock! OXOX

  • Reply Sarah January 28, 2015 at 12:03 pm

    That looks great! I seriously, I never would have expected it to be so good. I might have to try this today. I'm always looking for something a little different to wear to work.

    • Reply dawnlucy January 28, 2015 at 12:27 pm

      Seriously I never expected it to work either! 😉

  • Reply Shannon Jenkins January 28, 2015 at 8:34 pm

    Love this! Being from Florida I love to bring summer things into winter, since I hate to buy too much winter clothes since we only get a few super cold days! Love the all black!

    <3 Shannon
    Upbeat Soles

    • Reply dawnlucy January 29, 2015 at 12:32 pm

      Thanks, Shannon! I always buy too many winter clothes for California, but maybe this trick will help with that!

  • Reply Amy Johnson January 28, 2015 at 2:30 pm

    Gorgeous dress. It looks great for winter too.

    • Reply dawnlucy January 28, 2015 at 6:11 pm

      Thanks so much, Amy! OXOX

  • Reply Cathy January 28, 2015 at 10:36 pm

    Cute dress! I love how you styled it for both seasons.


    • Reply dawnlucy January 29, 2015 at 12:32 pm

      Thanks, Cathy! OXOX

  • Reply The Real Arnolds January 28, 2015 at 11:41 pm

    I love how your outfit turned out! I am so impressed as it looks totally different. The boots were a great choice.

    Amy Ann
    The Real Arnolds

    • Reply dawnlucy January 29, 2015 at 12:33 pm

      Thanks Amy Ann! I was surprised I liked it as much as I did! OXOX

  • Reply Carrie January 28, 2015 at 5:30 pm

    Aww! Thanks SO much for the call out! I am flattered! makes great dresses and I just love how you styled yours for the winter! It actually looks more like a skirt now… I am in love with that dress, I love bird cases and it is such a darling pattern and color!

    • Reply dawnlucy January 28, 2015 at 6:12 pm

      You totally inspired me to try this trick and I love how it turned out! Aren't the birdcages so cute? Thanks, Carrie!

  • Reply Jessica Jannenga January 28, 2015 at 6:05 pm

    Dawn, I love this adorable dress on you, this fit and flare is a great style. I haven't done too much with summer dresses to winter, but may be inspired. You did a great job with those hot boots and sweater. Have a great day
    from the link up

    please stop by, jessxx

    • Reply dawnlucy January 29, 2015 at 12:31 pm

      Thanks so much, Jess! I love a fit and flare silhouette … so flattering! OXOX

  • Reply Because Shanna Said So January 28, 2015 at 8:40 pm

    I love adding tops over dresses for an entirely new look and style. I am sold on the midi fit and flair….as I am sure you already know from today's post! 🙂

    • Reply dawnlucy January 29, 2015 at 12:32 pm

      Yes we both love the midi fit and flare look! So flattering, right?! You know I LOVE that gingham skirt you modeled today!

  • Reply Sue @ A Colourful Canvas January 29, 2015 at 4:51 am

    Hey Dawn Lucy! I can't stop thinking about my spring and summer dresses. Now I'm tempted to bring a few out and see if I can style them for winter. You've done it brilliantly! I love the print at the hem of the dress as well!

    • Reply dawnlucy January 29, 2015 at 12:34 pm

      Sue, I'll keep an eye out for a spring to winter look on your blog soon! 😉 Thanks so much for stopping by!

  • Reply Monika Faulkner January 29, 2015 at 12:03 am

    Wow!! What a versatile piece your "birdcage" dress turned out to be, dearest Dawn…it looks just as fab layered under a turtleneck – with tights and boots – as it does on its own!! This fashion experiment couldn't have had a better result!! 😉

    • Reply dawnlucy January 29, 2015 at 12:33 pm

      Thanks sweet Monika! OXOX

  • Reply Lorna mai ltd January 29, 2015 at 12:29 am

    Love how you've turned your summers dress into a Winter one. The style of the dress is perfect for you and I like the birdcage detail at the bottom. You look great.

    • Reply dawnlucy January 29, 2015 at 12:34 pm

      Thanks, Dear! Aren't the birdcages cute? OXOX

  • Reply Elegance and Mommyhood January 29, 2015 at 12:22 pm

    That 50s inspired dress is gorgeous, on its own or layered with the turtleneck sweater! =)

    • Reply dawnlucy January 29, 2015 at 12:34 pm

      The 50's knew how to flatter a figure! Thanks, Ada! OXOX

  • Reply Imogen January 29, 2015 at 9:44 pm

    So beautiful. I adore the detailing.

    • Reply dawnlucy January 29, 2015 at 11:57 pm

      Thanks, Imogen! OXOX

  • Reply librarianforlifestyle January 30, 2015 at 3:34 am

    Super cute and versatile! It pairs wonderfully with the black boots 🙂

    Jen @ Librarian for Life + Style

    • Reply dawnlucy January 30, 2015 at 3:25 pm

      Thanks Jen! This look would be so cute on you! OXOX

  • Reply Angela Reasonstodress January 29, 2015 at 8:40 pm

    I agree this outfit came out so great. I think the secret is in choosing the right summer dress, and yours (at least from the photo) looks like it has a nice weight to it and movement.

    Is there a badge to add for the Friday linkup ?

    • Reply dawnlucy January 29, 2015 at 11:57 pm

      No badge, Angela, but thanks for asking! I might do one later … not sure. Would love for you to link up! OXOX

  • Reply Jill January 29, 2015 at 11:25 pm

    I think I actually like this dress better as a winter piece than for the summer. You styled it so well. I hope to join your link-up at some point but it might be a couple of weeks, I am swamped right now. XO, Jill

    • Reply dawnlucy January 29, 2015 at 11:58 pm

      You can link up anything fashion related, Jill! We'll be happy to have you whenever you can make it! OXOX

  • Reply Bogi RedReticule January 30, 2015 at 12:55 pm

    Love the feminine cut and those details are adorable.

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    • Reply dawnlucy January 30, 2015 at 3:25 pm

      Thanks Dear! OXOX

  • Reply Fashion Sabbatical January 30, 2015 at 1:42 pm

    In the sale I bought a wonderful dress for spring/summer and I really want to wear it now! Its is minus 2 degrees C here! I have been considering doing something like you styled your lovely dress here but I am still not sure about it. It is white with navy stripes, could style it as winter white but it might just look daft. Jury still out, maybe later on the blog..

    • Reply dawnlucy January 30, 2015 at 3:26 pm

      Try it! To be honest, I was kinda laughing when I put this look together thinking it would be a mess, but it came out cute! You never know until you try, right? OXOX

  • Reply J. Elle January 30, 2015 at 9:22 pm

    Oh, this turned out just lovely! Such a wonderful transition from summer to winter. I need to try more looks like this.

    • Reply dawnlucy February 2, 2015 at 12:13 pm

      Thanks, Jennie! OXOX

  • Reply Yaudy Cristina January 31, 2015 at 5:03 pm

    Lovely skirt!

    • Reply dawnlucy February 2, 2015 at 12:13 pm

      Thanks, Yaudy! OXOX

  • Reply A Labour of Life February 3, 2015 at 3:04 am

    not sure which I like better, two great looks Thanks for linking up and hope to see you this week

    • Reply dawnlucy February 5, 2015 at 7:33 pm

      Thanks Linda! OXOX

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