Winterizing a summer dress

Before getting to today’s outfit, two things:  (1) My Valentine’s Day jewelry giveaway with Greg Michaels is still open – click here to enter to win, and (2) there’s still time to vote for your favorite outfit of mine from January. Thanks in advance!

Once again, here’s an outfit that I didn’t really plan on taking pictures of… which I feel like I’m saying quite often these days. Winter is the hardest season to get motivated when it comes to taking pictures, due to the cold temps and shorter days. #bloggerproblems 😉

It really surprised me that I got quite a few compliments on this outfit — one fellow faculty member even said “I looked sharp.” I’ll take it! And Stephanie (who also took these pics, thanks so much!) liked how I winterized this striped cotton summer dress. Winterize = layers.

Librarian for Life + Style | Winterizing a summer dress

Details:  Striped cotton dress:  Gap {similar}  /  Brown shell:  Walmart?, old {very similar}  /  Blue leggings:  Spanx via Macy’s {almost exact from same brand in “Indigo”}  /  Cognac riding boots:  Marc Fisher via Macy’s {almost exact from same brand}  /  Bracelet:  c/o Greg Michaels {exact}  /  Square rose gold earring stud:  Old Navy {similar shape with crystal accents}  /  Ceramic square pendant necklace:  Craft boutique on Granville Island, Vancouver BC {gold-and-black bar pendant necklace} {customizable bar pendant necklace in different colors}

It’s also the first time these blue leggings have made the blog, although I bought them last November. So I’m glad I got pics of this outfit after all! Stephanie’s favorite detail, by the way, was the ceramic square pendant necklace, as seen in the closeup below.

Librarian for Life + Style | Ceramic pendant closeup

Librarian for Life + Style | Winterizing a summer dress

Librarian for Life + Style | Winterizing a summer dress

Also, because y’all know I like the details, all the jewelry I chose today had a similar theme — they all had square- or rectangle-shaped pieces. Yes, I think about things like that. 🙂

Librarian for Life + Style | Jewelry closeup

Librarian for Life + Style | Winterizing a summer dress

So all I did to “winterize” this summer dress was to layer it over leggings and then layer a simple brown shell over the dress. This dress has a drawstring waist and can be worn either gathered up or as a drop-waist. For this look, I gathered it up and tied the waist, but then threaded the ends of the drawstring through the button placket to let it hang down the inside of the dress. It helped reduce the bulkiness of a tied drawstring waist. The shorter skirt also then flared a little underneath the shell top, which I liked the effect of.

Finally, here’s a look at how I’ve worn this striped cotton dress through summer and winter seasons:

Librarian for Life + Style | Remixing a striped cotton dress

click here for summer outfit post

Linking up with these lovely ladies!


7 thoughts on “Winterizing a summer dress

  1. Jennie

    I really like how this looks, Jen! It really is so cute and fun. You have given me an idea of how I might can incorporate this with a similar summer dress. Thanks, girl!

  2. Pingback: Winterizing a summer dress | Black + floral | Librarian for Life and Style

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