Do you feel a bit sad when you pack your summer clothes away, knowing you probably won’t see them again for another six months? That’s how I feel every autumn, which is a bit silly I know. But, with a few simple styling tricks, you can in fact, wear some of your summer clothes all year round. Skirts are easy because you can just switch sandals for boots and tights. With dresses, it’s all about layering – either underneath or over the top…or both if it’s very cold. This shirt dress is a great example of how much mileage you can get out of your summer wardrobe.
The loose fit means I can fit a turtleneck jumper underneath (and a vest too if needed). I’ve chosen tights and knee boots, but I’m going to experiment with faux leather leggings and biker boots. I used the same jumper and similar boots to turn a jersey sleeveless wrap dress into a winter outfit too.
A cream, black or brown long coat would be perfect for this outfit. If I needed an extra indoor layer I’d opt for my black faux fur gilet or a long cardigan (which in hindsight, I wish I’d photographed!). Playing around with layers is fun, and means you can add and remove them according to temperature, which is important for those of us experiencing hormonal turbulence! Styling a shirt dress for winter is easy with the addition of a few wardrobe staples.
This tiger print shirt dress is actually a new addition to my wardrobe, sent to me by Claire who runs an online business called London Glamour Garden. Claire sells excess stock from stores when they no longer need all the items they’ve ordered from the manufacturer, or when they close down. The website says which retailer the clothes and accessories are from, albeit with a little spelling alteration (presumably for legal reasons). Everything on the site is massively discounted; this shirt dress for example, is by Blue Chameleon – a subsidiary of Debenhams and is marked down to £14.99. Technically speaking, it could be considered fast fashion, but as the clothes have already been produced, by selling them at such a big discount, it ensures they are not going to landfill.
You can find clothes, footwear and accessories from labels such as Oasis, Clarks, Monsoon, New Look and Topshop on the London Glamour Garden website. Claire regularly posts items in stock on her Instagram account, with styling tips and ideas. Why not take a look and bag yourself a bargain!
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