I’m wearing this summer dress for the first time with layering and faux fur for autumn (which is very nearly winter).
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There’s a perfectly logical reason why, and no – it’s not an end-of-season sale item. It’s actually a SS20 dress that isn’t even available for a few months yet: makes me feel a little bit like a Hollywood starlet, wearing new season dresses before they’ve even come out…!
This is the outfit I wore last week on a working trip to London where I presented a styling session for the Cotton Traders SS20 collection, so naturally, to promote the collection I wore one of the new pieces. I’m keeping this gorgeous coral maxi boho dress* a little under wraps as it’s not available to buy yet (hence no shot without the coat), but next year you’ll definitely see it in its full glory.
[Update March 2020: I’ve linked to it as it’s now available online.]
So as it was November and pretty cold, what was I to do about styling/wearing it for a day in the capital?
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I actually think summer maxi dresses are perfect for autumn/winter. All you need to do is layer, layer, layer. Underneath I wore tights and a white roll neck (which I didn’t wear here, it went straight in the wash when I got home) for warmth. I added a brown suede belt and the classic navy knee-high boots* I got last winter – those key pieces gave the outfit that 70s vibe I love.
My navy pinstripe coat – worn SO much on the blog I’ve featured it as my 5 Ways to Wear item below – and the burgundy faux fur buckle collar* from Helen Moore were enough to keep out the cold November day (for ONCE it wasn’t raining thank god).
(I mentioned the amazing Helen Moore faux fur brand in my alternative Christmas gift guide featuring only indie sellers – don’t miss it.)
One thing I can’t explain, however: what’s going on with the hem?! It’s not asymmetric, but I must have tucked it up in my knickers or something because blimey – the hem is all over the place…!!
Are you still wearing any summer pieces in autumn/winter? Tell me in the comments how you’re styling them…!
Fur collar: Helen Moore*
Coat: Jaeger (similar)
Dress: Cotton Traders* (SS20 – here’s an AW19 version)
Boots: Duo* (similar)
Bag: Hobbs (similar)
Headband: Asos (sold out, similar)
Earrings: & Other Stories (instore, similar)
Gold ring: & Other Stories
OTHER NAVY COATS YOU MIGHT LIKE:
5 ways to wear a navy tailored coat…
Here are some of the other ways I’ve worn my navy pinstripe tailored coat so you can see the different ways it can be styled:
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