What to Wear: Summer Dresses in the Fall

What to Wear: Summer Dresses in the Fall

I’ve got something of an addiction to black opaque tights. Every morning, I want to wear black tights with a dress or skirt. It’s a great way to transition between the seasons. Here is Anne’s request:

How do I wear this dress?? It is by Plenty Tracy Reese – it’s made out of a very soft cotton and silk material that has a little bit of sheen but is not too shiny. I’m not very good at accessorizing or adjusting things for different seasons – this dress seems a little spring and summery to me, so how could I wear it in fall and winter? I figure there has to be something more interesting than the plain cream cardigan or pashmina that I have.

I’m having the same issue with a dress I just bought at Forever21 – it’s a burgundy red tank dress with bubble hem and empire waist – the weather is not so appropriate for it now by itself, but is it possible to wear these kinds of dresses over a long sleeve top or with tights? I see these looks in magazines all the time and it looks very cute, but on me it looks a little silly so I’m wondering if I am choosing the wrong things. Or maybe I don’t know how to dress for my body type (five feet tall, small chest but with a wide ribcage and shoulders – I inherited my dad’s short stocky soccer body.)

This dress has a great color palate for summer and fall. As a first step, I would consider having the bubble hem switched to a more timeless, flexible straight hem by your local tailor. As for wearing a shirt underneath, that’s tricky and would probably require some sort of bodysuit top and that just brings up all sorts of bad junior high memories. A little clever layering on top and you can wear the dress for a couple more months.

Dress – Anne’s own.
Sweater – A navy cardigan really plays well off the brown and cream dress.
Belt – A wide belt will help to keep everything together and feeling tailored.
Shoes – A brown heel with a little flair and lot of substance.
Tights – Nude fishnets are my secret weapon. They don’t have the va-voom of regular fishnets or the stodginess of regular hosiery. A little extra warmth!
Earrings – From Forever21.
Clutch – Grey fabric wristlett from Etsy.

If it got really cold, you could even do this with boots and a cropped jacket over a sweater.

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  1. Kate F. at 5:49 pm

    Here’s a random question: Those fishnets, like most I’ve seen, have the fishnet continuing under the foot. When I’ve worn tights like that the fishnet pressing into my foot hurt all day–do you have the same problem? Or do you have a source for fishnets with a flat bottom on the foot?

  2. mrsem Author at 6:19 pm

    Hmm…I’ve never had that problem with these tights. Maybe it’s that the fishnet pattern isn’t as dense? Not sure.

  3. hyb at 6:44 pm

    I like the particular pair of fishnets you’ve chosen. I’ve been buying DKNY hosiery for a while now, and even though they’re a little pricier, they feel so much more comfortable and better made than anything else I’ve tried. Their materials tend to be softer and thinner, too.

  4. love.boxes at 8:08 pm

    That outfit is darling. I think it would be really cute with tall boots as well just like Miss Em suggested. 🙂

  5. Anne at 8:57 pm

    I think a pair of darkwash jeans under it would look great too.
    And keep the belt.