wearing your summer dresses into fall – part two

Transitioning Summer Dresses into Fall - Part Two | www.natalie-dressed.com
Transitioning Summer Dresses into Fall - Part Two | www.natalie-dressed.com
Transitioning Summer Dresses into Fall - Part Two | www.natalie-dressed.com
Transitioning Summer Dresses into Fall - Part Two | www.natalie-dressed.com
Transitioning Summer Dresses into Fall - Part Two | www.natalie-dressed.com
Transitioning Summer Dresses into Fall - Part Two | www.natalie-dressed.com
Transitioning Summer Dresses into Fall - Part Two | www.natalie-dressed.com
Acrimony dress | Target turtle neck | Simply Vera Vera Wang booties via Kohl’s | T.J.Maxx wallet (my sister’s)

When I saw this dress on Pinterest last year, I knew I had to have it for my bridal shower. Thankfully, the photo actually linked through to the actual site because now it’s one of my favorite dresses. I wore this on Saturday for our one year wedding anniversary dinner at The Grill at the Fairmont Hotel, which is where we celebrated our first dating anniversary almost nine years ago. It rained most of the day and was chilly so the longer length of the skirt was perfect and the turtle neck kept me toasty. Here are the tips for an outfit like this:

+ For sleeveless dresses with a fuller skirt, layer a fitted sweater over the top to keep the original shape of the dress and balance the fullness of the skirt.

+ If you don’t have a cropped or shorter sweater to layer, simply fold under the bottom. Adding a belt will keep it in place and prevent the bottom from slipping back out.

+ If you’re going with a turtle neck, keep everything fitted, including the sleeves. You don’t want to be swallowed up by it.

+ Feel free to add in a pop of color found nowhere in your outfit. Just make sure it complements the other colors.

+ Leopard is now a neutral so it works even with the floral print. Also, because it’s a similar shade as the background of the dress and is a different scale than the floral print, they mix well.

+ I have a weird thing about not liking boots to be too narrow at the top. If you’re the same, simply don’t zip up the sides all the way. It keeps them a little wider and gives your ankles a little more wiggle room.

+ Match your lips and nails to a print in your outfit.

In case you missed it, here’s Part One. Stay tuned for Part Three tomorrow!