As we wave summer a fond “goodbye, hurry back”, it’s time to look at how we can take some of our favourite summer clothes, and breathe a little more life into them as it cools down.

Dresses are always a staple in my wardrobe, they can be SO versatile if you know how to style them. And that’s where I come in!

I’ve taken a few of my favourite dress styles, and added some knits to create three different trans-seasonal looks that will help your summer wardrobe carry on into autumn.

These three looks can be done with any similar style dresses you might have in your own wardrobe, so you can certainly play along at home.


The ole ‘belt the belt over the cardigan cardigan’ trick works every time. Just add a midi or maxi dress underneath (depending on the length of the cardigan).

Choose a belt that isn’t too tight, or too thick, you just want it to skim around your waist.

SHOP THE LOOK: Max cotton/linen cardigan $149.99* | Max “Bonnie” maxi dress $179.99*| Frankie4 Footwear “RACH” boots $289.95 (old colour)


This is defintely going to be a staple look for me this autumn/winter. I love the relaxed, yet styled look it creates.

You need;
1 x dress you love
1 x light weight (preferably cropped) knit

The key to this look is a cropped knit. You want the knit to finish around your waist, any longer and it starts to go wrong with proportions and drag your body down.

If you are worried you don’t have a waist, this style is PERFECT for you. Just add a waist belt and tuck the front of the knit into the belt.

It brings the eye in at waist-height, giving the illusion of shape (of course, it works with a defined waist too)

SHOP THE LOOK: CottonOn cropped knit $29.99 (I’ve gone oversized in the XXL, but as a 12 I’d usually order an L) | Feather & Noise “Sophie” dress $79 (I’ve sized down to a 10) | Mi Piaci “Rena” boots (old season)*


Have you ever thought to layer those strappy summer dresses with something a little warmer underneath?

No, me either until recently.

I’ve been doing it with tees for a while, but then it occured to me that a knit would work just as well.

Just go with a knit that is thin enough to fit under the dress.

I’ve added a belt to this look to break up the colour, but you definitely don’t need to.

GET THE LOOK: Birdnest roll neck knit (old season) * | EziBuy Grace Hill Dress $149.99 | Frankie4 Footwear “NAOMi” boots $299.95 *

So what do you think? Is this something you can see yourself doing with your summer dresses into autumn?

If you love this idea, make sure you check out my new eBook, How to Create An Autumn Capsule Wardrobe, for HEAPS more gems like this. (Get it here)

Or we can jump on a ZOOM call for a 1-on-1 wardrobe audit, which includes going through all the clothes you’ve got, and working out how to wear them in different ways – you can get that info here.

I hope this inspires you to start playing around with your summer clothes a little more

Until Next Time, In Love & Style Always,

*These items were kindly gifted to me