With now in full swing, it’s time to start thinking about how to transition your favorite warm weather duds to the new, colder season. Take all those fabulous summer frocks, for example; they’ve made the last few months feel absolutely effortless, so why give ’em up now? Smart layering and a few on-trend fall essentials are all you need to totally transform these carefree summer staples into transitional stye stars, helping you nail your 2015 Style Resolution yet again.

How to Style a Summer Dress for Work


Say sayonara to tights and get those gams covered with a sleek pair of jacquard culottes. The shorter length means legs will stay cool when afternoon sun starts to heat things up, but you won’t be caught off guard if temps start to drop. And a modern trench and cat eye sunnies will have you ready to take on whatever the day brings. Gilded loafers lend an air of borrowed-from-the-boys chic to this smart getup, while a hammered gold cuff delivers a polished finish.

Zara Two-Tone Dress ($50) + Quay Australia Lana Sunglasses ($50), Charles & Keith Tassel Loafers ($57), Tarte LipSurgence Matte Lip Tint ($24), Zara Cropped Trousers ($70), Anthropologie Gauntlet Cuff ($48), Warehouse Mono Utility Duster Coat ($141), Oval Messenger Bag ($40)

How to Style a Summer Dress for a Night Out

For a night on the town, take a flirty frock and infuse it with a little autumnal flair. Swap out sandals for rich red booties and take along a retro denim moto jacket to toss on when you need it (or rock around your waist ’90s-style). Faux fur is big for fall/winter 2015, so a cute box clutch boasting the soft stuff is a must.

Zara Two-Tone Dress ($50) + Topshop Moto Zip Through Jacket ($80), Sam Edelman Reyes Bootie ($150), Skinnydip Faux Fur Occasion Clutch ($63), Lulu Frost Petra Triangle Mosaic Drop Earrings ($238), BTB Studded Cutout Belt ($148), Sephora Rouge Infusion Lip Stain ($7)

How to Style a Summer Dress for the Weekend


Keep things casual without compromising on style. Leather leggings are a chic alternative to your standard denim and pack plenty of on-trend appeal layered underneath this two-tone frock. Bring in a pop of color with a printed sweatshirt, which lends the outfit a cozy, sports-chic vibe. To play up that athletic appeal, bold trainers are a major yes. Complete the look with a transparent metallic bag and stunner shades.

Zara Two-Tone Dress ($50) + Blank Denim Vegan Pull On Leggings ($98), Nasty Gal Evil Eye Block Shades ($20), Mango Printed Hoodie ($40), Nike Air Max 90 EM iD ($165), Nasty Gal Holo at Me Bag ($58), Phases Pendant Necklace ($125)

What pieces in your closet deserve more attention, but stump your style game? Tell us about your trickiest wear-again garments in the comments below and we might feature them in our next Style Resolutions post!