Winterizing A Summer Dress

Dress: Forever 21 tunic – size small (similar here or here)
Blazer: H&M – size 2 (similar here)
Boots: Halogen Brianna – size 4.5 (buy here)
Scarf: Homemade by MIL (similar here or adorable for $5.99)
Ring: YSL arty in lapis – size 4 (buy here in other colors)
Watch: Seiko 34mm (similar here)
Purse: Vintage Coach cross body {gifted from MIL} – (similar here or here)

My mother-in-law recently made this amazing chunky mustard cowl neck scarf for me and I couldn’t be more thrilled. There’s nothing like having something made for you that is one of a kind and from someone that you love.  The color is so pretty and I love the chunkiness of the yarn.
There are just some items that I just can’t help but wear over and over.  This Forever 21 tunic is probably a bit too thin and short to wear in colder states (even with boots) but that’s the beauty of living in SoCal! 
IMG_0609.jpgI had to figure out a way to winterize this dress and was elated when I put together this outfit.  See how I wore it earlier this Summer here. By adding a blazer, chunky scarf and tall boots, I turned a simple Summer dress into a Fall/Winter ready outfit. 
This is the perfect weekend outfit for me. It’s casual but still dressy enough to go out to dinner.  If I get too hot (which I tend to break a sweat when shopping), I can take off the blazer and just wear the dress and scarf alone.
My newest love is this vintage Coach cognac leather cross body.  It was gifted to me from my MIL.  She’s had it forever and it’s in great condition.   I feel so lucky to have it!  It is so similar to the H&M cross body that I have grown to love, especially being able to shop hands free. The quality is impeccable and the rich cognac color is gorgeous. I am not a huge Coach fan but their leather is really high quality.  It’s the perfect size (slightly larger than H&M) and the length of the strap (not adjustable) is a great length for me.  I’ve seen some similar ones on Ebay but just make sure you check the condition/authenticity of the purse and seller before buying.
How do you winterize your favorite Summer items?
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  1. I love this! Totally pinning so I can be inspired for future outfits. I WANT that scarf. It looks soooo cute and cozy.

  2. Gorge scarf!! And the best thing about it is that it's one of a kind! I'm so jealous that you can wear such a summery dress this late in the year…even though the weather is still VERY warm in NY (almost 70 degrees today!) I still don't think I could wear something so light and not be cold. But maybe if I had an equally cozy scarf…

  3. I love love love those nautical stripes! I can't get enough of them myself. I'm still looking for the perfect striped dress, but I don't think I'll find any during the winter season! Haha… The way you put it together is sooo perfect and cute! Especially with the yellow scarf. I would've never thought to add yellow to navy stripes. πŸ™‚

  4. I am all about using summer outfit during winter, there is no reason to pack them away at all. With creativity and the art of layering, you can create so many outfits. I really love what you do here with this outfit, it turned out super super cute with different textures and colors. Four thumbs up for you Annie.

  5. Nothing beats stripes πŸ™‚ I love your winterized look!

    And oh my goodness, I finished knitting a mustard cowl scarf too and posted it. I love your MIL's version – definitely looks chunkier than mine πŸ™‚

  6. I've always loved this dress on you. This is hands down my favorite outfit. It was so sweet of your MIL to make you that scarf. It looks so cozy and I know how much you love mustard color…lol =)

  7. That's an adorable outfit! I love that scarf, and especially that it's handmade. Living in Philadelphia I can't winterize too many of my summer outfits, but we are experiencing unusually warm weather here so today I am winterizing a tank dress with a blazer, black tights and booties today. And thanks to this post, I will now add a scarf!

  8. I really like this outfit! and love your scarf! I have been looking for one like this for ages πŸ™‚ Still on the hunt πŸ™‚

  9. Yeeeee! One of my favorite outfit of yours, Annie! I love how you pair the navy blue with golden yellow and cognac. Fantastic pairing. Yes, this would be too cold for colder states, but given how warm we've been having lately this outfit is not out of reach. I love the vintage Coach crossbody you have here. It's timeless. Coach makes some classic looking bags too, but you have to look hard enough. lol on the yellow car matching your scarf. πŸ™‚

  10. Loving the Coach cross-body bag! Practical and beautiful. πŸ™‚ This is a very fun spin on stripes — I love stripes, so I'm always looking for styling ideas. πŸ™‚

  11. Thanks Sydney! I love this dress too! Def got my $9.50 worth out of it. It's already starting to pill:( I have a great MIL…so glad she knows how to crochet/knit! πŸ™‚

  12. You look sooo beautiful! Just started reusing my classic janice coach bag myself! Love yours!! Looks amazing with your outfit and love your scarf. I love knitted items that are or look handmade!

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