When summer arrives, do you feel like you need a whole new wardrobe to keep up with the latest fashion trends? Whoa, stop! There is really no need to throw money over the bar to look stylish. With a little creativity and smart styling, you can create all sorts of fun outfits with just one summer dress. Outfits that are also suitable for different occasions, from casual daytime activities to chic dinner parties. This way you not only save money, but you also help reduce your impact on the environment.
How do you choose the summer dress?
The secret to making multiple outfits with one dress is: start with the right dress. Look for a versatile piece that can be dressed up or worn casually, depending on the occasion.
Look at the material and color of the dresses. Preferably choose a light and breathable fabric that is perfect for warmer weather, such as cotton or linen. For maximum versatility, choose a neutral color such as black, white or beige. These colors can be easily dressed up with the right accessories.
Also important: the cut and style of the dress. A dress with a simple design and clean lines can be dressed up with statement jewelry and heels, while a more casual dress can be paired with sandals and a denim jacket.
And how long should the perfect dress be? A knee-length or midi dress is a versatile option, as it can be worn to all sorts of occasions, from casual coffees to formal things.
Dressing up in a dress this summer
Have you found one or more dresses that you love? Time to dress up in your new summer dress for a special occasion! With the right accessories, shoes and makeup you can turn a casual dress into a chic outfit. That doesn’t have to cost the world, always look for additions to your wardrobe that you can easily combine with other outfits.
An eye-catching necklace or a pair of statement earrings will instantly add glamor to your summer dress. Choose bold, eye-catching pieces that match the color and style of your dress. A clutch or small handbag in a metallic or sparkly finish will also help take your outfit to the next level.
As for shoes, opt for heels or sandals with thin straps for a chic vibe. Experiment with a striking color or a metallic finish. Just be sure to choose shoes that are comfortable and easy to walk on so you can enjoy your special occasion without blisters.
Wear summer dresses casually
There are endless ways to wear a summer dress, so don’t be afraid to experiment and try what works best for you and your style. A few tips for wearing your summer dress casually:
- Combine your dress with sneakers: Sneakers are perfect to create a casual look and still look stylish. Combine with a pair of white sneakers for a classic look, or opt for colorful sneakers to make your outfit extra fun.
- A denim jacket is a versatile item that can be worn with almost anything, including your summer dress. It’s perfect for keeping you warm when it gets cold outside.
- Wear sandals: Sandals are of course the ultimate summer shoes and a great way to make your summer dress a little more casual. Choose a color that matches your dress and the occasion.
- Combine with a hat: A hat is not only a great accessory to protect your face from the sun, but it can also add an original touch to your outfit.
- Keep your jewelry simple: A simple necklace, bracelet, or pair of earrings can add a pop of personality without making your outfit too fancy.
Combine summer dresses with layers
Dresses aren’t just for warm weather, they can be worn all year round with the right layers. Layering is a great way to create new outfits with a summer dress, so don’t put your dresses away just yet.
Combine summer dresses with a denim jacket or a leather biker jacket for an edgy look. You can also throw on a blazer or cardigan over a dress for a look that might be more office-appropriate.
Don’t be afraid to combine different textures and fabrics, such as a cotton dress with a denim jacket or a silk scarf. Another way to enjoy your summer dress longer is to wear leggings or tights underneath. Perfect for the colder months and it gives you the option to wear your dress all year round. Choose neutral tights such as black or grey, or add a splash of color with patterned fashion tights.
Scarves are also totally hip and ideal to wear with dresses. You can tie them around your neck, drape them over your shoulders or even use them as a belt to tailor a dress. Choose a light fabric such as silk or cotton for a summery look or go for a cozy, knitted scarf for the colder months.
Wearing dresses in different ways
Who says you can only wear a summer dress as a dress? Fun and creative ideas to wear your dress in a different way:
- Skirt: Turn your summer dress into a skirt by wearing a top over it. Wear a belt at your waist and tuck the top under the belt to create a waist, or wear the top loose for a more casual look.
- Tie in: Give your dress a new silhouette by tying it in the waist. This is a fun way to make something different from a simple dress.
- Belt: Cinch your dress at the waist with a belt to create a completely different look. Choose a belt that matches the color or pattern of the dress.
- Layering: Wear a blouse or turtleneck under your dress to create a whole new outfit. This works especially well with sleeveless dresses.
- Top: Wear your dress as a top by tucking it into pants or a skirt. This is a super simple way to wear it completely differently.
- Accessories: Add a statement necklace, a pair of earrings or a colorful scarf to liven up the outfit. The possibilities are endless!
With these tips you can create a whole range of outfits with one dress and look great without spending a lot of money. So go for it! Have fun getting more out of your summer wardrobe on a budget! Want more ways to get the most out of your wardrobe? Check out more budget fashion blogs here.