How to style a Summer Shift Dress in Autumn: Part 2 | Daytime Skirt

Welcome to part 2 of me restyling my Summer Shift Dress!

I set myself a wee, fun challenge of seeing if I could restyle the below dress in order to wear it more than just in the Summer time.  If you missed part 1 posted yesterday, you can find out how I styled it as a Pinafore dress here.

I took this simple in shape, but rather striking in pattern, Aztec print Summer Shift dress …

… and styled it in a way that I could wear it for the Autumn, Pinafore style.

For this restyle I still used the same template of

  • a long sleeve tee and my funky black suede knee high boots
  • and  a gilet

but as you’ll see, I’ve done some minor tweaks, creating a whole new look. 

Second Restyle: Daytime Skirt

I’ve changed how I’ve worn the tee, to give the illusion I’m wearing a skirt rather than a dress.  Plus, we’ve a different style and colour of gilet and I’ve altered the accessories.

In reality the top is quite long, too long really to wear with the dress, especially with the length of the dress falling above the knee.  I would look bizarrely out of proportion!  I tucked the top under and to secure it in place, added the silver belt I wore way back in the Summer with my Embroidery Anglaise dress.

Having already got alot of wear from my black faux suede gilet, I’d been looking for another in a lighter colour and slightly different style.  I’m not too keen on the shaggier styles of gilets;they can begin to look a little matted after a few wears.  I liked the faux fur look of this petite gilet and when it was reduced a couple of weeks ago, I lost no time in making one mine.

As the texture of the gilet is so soft – it’s like stroking a kitten, so very touchy, feely – I chose accessories that matched. I swapped yesterday’s fringe bag for the metallic blush bag I wore in my Mandarin Jacket post.

Two small black accents were enough; I kept the same cuff as yesterday but chose a waterfall necklace instead of the choker. 

Let’s have a close up of the boots, shall we?  They’ve a touch of the 70’s about them with their chunky heel and how they slightly curve on the inside part of the heel.  I almost feel like bursting into song with an ABBA tune.

Dancing Queen anyone?

Dorothy Perkins Shift Dress (old)  This Aztec Print Dress from Mela is fun.
New Look Long Sleeve Fuchsia tee (old)
Wallis Petite Grey Fur Gilet
Suede Boots (old).  These Marks & Spencer Suede Boots are similar
Jewellery from the Emporium of I Forget
Metalic Blush Bag from e-bay
Joythestore suede fringe & leather bag.

So there we have it.  From one simple Summer Shift Dress, I’ve created not one but 2 new outfits, quite different in style, I think you’ll agree.

And all from using the same top and pair of boots but with just a different gilet!  Mission accomplished!

Do you have an under utilised dress sitting in your wardrobe you could restyle?  And do you have a favourite out of my two new outfits?

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  1. November 10, 2015 / 7:05 pm

    Two great ways to make your dress work for autumn! Both outfits turned out so cute!

  2. November 11, 2015 / 1:35 am

    Very cute! I'd have been confused if I didn't learn earlier this week that a gilet is what we call a vest. Love the boots: I have a similar pair.

    • November 11, 2015 / 12:38 pm

      Ha, ha, despite speaking a common language, it's amazing the differences there are and the confusion it can cause! I'd love to see your boots, Ally – sounds like we're boot twins!

  3. November 11, 2015 / 10:45 pm

    Jacqueline, I apologise for the repetition, but you look so cute in both versions of this! In fact I love the simple summer version too. Simple styling, thoughtfully put together, lovely x

    • November 12, 2015 / 11:50 pm

      Don't apologise at all, Anna! Repeat away! Glad you like both versions.

  4. November 11, 2015 / 11:57 pm

    I do like a furry gilet and both of yours are crackers!! The detailing and colours are fab on.this!!!!
    I'm glad you liked the dance post. I also.used to do ballet, tap and jazz but I was not good at any except tap and that was only because of my sense of rhythm!!!x

    • November 12, 2015 / 11:52 pm

      Aw, thanks Kezzie. I'm chuffed you think they're crackers – I do too! Yes, tap definitely needs good rhythm, which you would have in spades.

  5. November 12, 2015 / 10:20 pm

    Love the pink top with that dress, it matches so nicely with the print! I think wearing the dress as a skirt is my favourite way you've worn it 🙂
    I like wearing dresses as tops, with a skirt over the top, but I don't have much luck with wearing them as skirts with tops over them, as like you I find the tops are too long and I have to belt them. I did that look once and I LOVED the way it looked, but hated that the top was always coming untucked from the belt all day, haha!

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    • November 12, 2015 / 11:54 pm

      I've not done a skirt over a dress. Um, thanks for the nod. I must try that sometimes. Ha, ha, I know what you mean. This one stayed still as it was high up enough but yes, I can imagine that it would be annoying for it to be finding it's way out!

  6. November 13, 2015 / 2:51 am

    Ha! I love that your gilet is like stroking a kitten. I'm also digging those fishnet stockings with the groovy boots. Yeah baby! Yeah!


  7. November 16, 2015 / 11:26 am

    Ha, ha, Suzanne – who needs a real life kitty? I'll just wear my gilet and then I don't have to worry about cat hair everywhere!

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