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    If you are having a hard time packing away your favorite summer dresses for the winter, consider transforming them into fall outfits instead! It doesn’t take much to change a breezy summer dress into a warm and cozy fall outfit. We’ve outlined a few easy steps to help you pull off the fall look of dresses and boots.

    Add a Jacket

    Seems pretty simple – because it is! Adding a light jacket over a dress extends wearing ability into the windy months of fall. Sleeveless and even strapless dresses can easily be worn with a military style jacket or denim jacket. White linen dresses take on an extremely romantic look with a denim jacket and a wide belt!


    Add a Sweater

    Sweaters are a necessity for cool weather, and there are few things more comfortable! Sweaters, cardigans, and dusters that open in the front should slip on over most lightweight dresses. This works best if the dress doesn’t have bulky sleeves or a collar. Make sure the dress is longer than your sweater; it gives a more balanced silhouette.


    Add a Poncho

    If your dress has clean, straight lines, this could be a stunning look. Make sure the length of the dress is balanced with the poncho. You wouldn’t want to try this with an extremely short dress (you might look a bit bare on the bottom half!) Since the poncho is over-sized for your top, the skirt of the dress should not be bulky to avoid looking wide from head-to-toe. You might need to wear a long sleeve tee along with the poncho. Read more on tees below!

    Women's Ariat Poncho

    Layer a Long Sleeve Top

    Not all dresses will adapt to this look, but some dresses are absolutely darling with a long sleeve tee underneath. Why not give it a try?! Pair a basic white long sleeve tee under your dress. If there is bulkiness or odd lines, this might not work, but there’s always the possibility that it will be stunning! If a plain white tee is a little too blasé for your taste, try grey, black, vibrant purple, or a patterned top for a whole different appearance.

    Panhandle Slim Burnout Camo Tee Ariat Women's Purple Flair Top Ariat Women's Long Sleeve White Tee

    Add Tights or Leggings

    We are pretty sure that tights and leggings were invented specifically to be worn in the fall. Perhaps not, but the look has become popular over the last few years, and we are huge fans! Shirt dresses with long sleeves need little more than a pair of leggings to make a transition into fall apparel. They also look incredible with skinny jeans. Tights and leggings can be worn with booties, casual boots, and cowgirl boots. Adding them to a dress keeps your legs warm, and you can add in very interesting patterns and textures to an otherwise simple dress style. You might need to slip on a pair of athletic socks to keep your feet warm and protect your tights from tears. Fleece lined leggings give you even more warmth without too much bulk.

    Ariat Women's Skinny Jeans Ariat Women's Zebra Tights Cowgirl Tuff Women's Shirt Dress

    Update Your Boots, Too!

    You probably spent a lot of your summer months sashaying around in a lightweight dress and flip flops, but that season is officially over! Just because you have to retire the cozy flip flops doesn’t mean you can’t find a pair of cowgirl boots that will make your fall dresses and boots outfit as comfy as it is cute. Justin Gypsy Boots and Ariat Fatbaby Boots are an excellent choice for wearing with dresses. They are super comfy, adorable, and slip on easily. If you want dramatic style, browse our vintage Dan Post Boots, striking Corral Boots, or attitude-packed Tin Haul Boots. Riding boots are a hot trend at the moment, and they look incredible over tights, skinny jeans, and paired with dresses.

    Justin Gypsy Fuchsia Bay Cowgirl Boots Dingo Pretender Slouch Harness Riding Boots Dan Post Blue Bird Vintage Cowgirl Boots Corral Boots Black & Turquoise Cross Wings

    Before you pack away your dresses, pull out your fall jackets, tights, sweaters, and accessories to see if you can pair up any pieces. There’s no reason to store them away until next year when you can make a few small adjustments and extend the life of your dresses for a couple more months.

    Happy Fall, Y’all!

    Do you have a tip for transforming dresses into fall apparel? Share your helpful info with other readers by leaving a comment below!


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