While the idea of layering a cotton summer dress for fall sounds great in theory…in reality, it’s actually pretty tricky. Lightweight cotton dresses can look ‘off‘ when paired with fall’s cozy wool knits, and a black leather jacket often overwhelms this light fabric. (Oddly enough, linen and silk — or silky rayon fabrics — are easier to pair with black leather than cotton.) 

But all of this doesn’t mean a lightweight cotton summer dress can’t be worn once the weather cools, it just means that it’s gotta be layered…strategically.

Since so many of you have invested in our Voloshin X TME Carina dress (thank you!!), I thought it would be the perfect cotton summer dress to play around with. (And for those of you still thinking about pulling the trigger on the last remaining sizes…they’re all 35% off.) 

Outfit Idea 1: Layer Over A Tee, Add Sneakers

This has been my go-to way to quickly warm up a cotton sundress. The tee gives juuuust enough warmth as we head on into fall. Once it gets colder, however… 
We love our summer dresses & bringing 'em into fall with layering (think denim jackets, turtlenecks, tees & boots) is absolutely genius. Here are 8 ways.

dress | tee | sneaks

Outfit Idea 2:  Add a Denim Jacket

Cotton sundresses were made for denim jackets. And I love the sporty vibe that the tee, sneaks and denim jacket all provide.

We love our summer dresses & bringing 'em into fall with layering (think denim jackets, turtlenecks, tees & boots) is absolutely genius. Here are 8 ways.

dress | denim jacket | sneaks

Outfit Idea 3: Style With A Turtleneck + Vans

This outfit is in the same vein as the tee & sneaks, but with a twist. The black turtleneck — which could easily overwhelm a cotton summer dress — is balanced by a pair of classic Vans. While I love my sweater-knit black turtlenecks, the one I want here is the slightly more sheer, layering kind. (And of course add a denim jacket.)

We love our summer dresses & bringing 'em into fall with layering (think denim jackets, turtlenecks, tees & boots) is absolutely genius. Here are 8 ways.

dress | turtleneck | denim jacket | vans

Outfit 4: Knot A Layering Thermal Over the Dress

Know those cozy thermal long sleeve tops? Free People makes a bunch. Throw one on over the dress and knot it at the waist. You could finish with Vans or sneaks…but I’m kinda loving this look with a pair of taupe booties.

We love our summer dresses & bringing 'em into fall with layering (think denim jackets, turtlenecks, tees & boots) is absolutely genius. Here are 8 ways.

dress | similar thermal (or maybe this or this)| booties

 

Outfit 5: Pair With A Tie-Front Cardigan + Tall Boots

One of the issues with layering cotton summer dresses is that many of them nip in at the waist…then flare out. This often means that big ‘ol slouchy cardigans — the ones that obscure the waist — can look dumpy. Enter a tie-front cardigan. This bad boy can be tied right where the dress nips in — there’s usually enough wiggle room with the ties to really line it up with the waist of the dress. I especially like this look with tall boots.

We love our summer dresses & bringing 'em into fall with layering (think denim jackets, turtlenecks, tees & boots) is absolutely genius. Here are 8 ways.

dress | sweater | similar boots

Outfit 6: Grab An Old Gray Sweatshirt + Clogs

There’s something about the tone and texture of gray sweatshirts that make them a freaking perfect layer for cotton summer dresses. To elevate the look a bit, try throwing on with a pair of clogs (although any tan sandal would work).

We love our summer dresses & bringing 'em into fall with layering (think denim jackets, turtlenecks, tees & boots) is absolutely genius. Here are 8 ways.

dress | similar sweatshirt | clogs

 

Outfit 7: Army Green Jacket + Midi Boots

I know most of you guys already have one of those lightweight, army-green jackets in the back of your closet somewhere. These things are a perfect topper for a little cotton summer dress. I really like them with fall’s new midi boots…especially in a lighter shade. The result is rather unexpected and fresh.

We love our summer dresses & bringing 'em into fall with layering (think denim jackets, turtlenecks, tees & boots) is absolutely genius. Here are 8 ways.

dress | jacket | boots

Outfit 8: All Hail The Classic Trench

If ever there was a situation where the trench coat is really clutch, it’s this one. The trench coat is mayyyybe the best possible option for layering over summer dresses in the fall. Add boots (of any color and shaft height), and the resulting look is chic and perfectly transitional.  

We love our summer dresses & bringing 'em into fall with layering (think denim jackets, turtlenecks, tees & boots) is absolutely genius. Here are 8 ways.

dress | trench | boots | booties

Do I need to mention that a scarf works over all of these looks? Nah — you guys know that. 

Hope this helps!

xo,

S

1 COMMENT

  1. I’m loving these looks with the dress!!! I soooooo wish there was a way the dress ( and, the pants) could be offered with a version with just a few inches longer. I looked at the measurement details and ( even with the dress a size bigger than normal), I’m pretty sure it would be bordering on uncomfortably short. If you just happen to have some unhemmed size small or mediums just laying around- I’m totally your girl!! 🙂

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