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October 25, 2010

Style'n Tips: How to Wear Floral Dresses In the Fall/Winter

Madewell dress, Club Monaco blazer, Michael Kors handbag, Aldo belt, Steve Madden boots
On Sunday we met up with some friends for brunch in Boston's South End. It was a the perfect fall day to wear this new dress I bought at Madewell. (dress also seen here)  I have had my eye on this dress for a while and when I went to the store to try it on it was marked down so of course I got it.  This floral dress is quickly becoming my new"black" dress because the styling options are endless and it it such a versatile item.   Next time I may try pairing the dress with my short black leather jacket and black tall boots.

Top 5 Tips for Wearing Floral Dresses in the Fall/Winter:

1. Cover up by pairing a floral dress with corduroy blazers, denim jackets, and leather jackets. This helps break up the print,  toughens up the feminine look, and keeps you warm.  In addition, adding different textures with these type of jackets or even with wool cardigans helps make the outfit more appropriate for the cold season. 

2. Consider layering the dress with a turtleneck or long sleeve tee underneath or add a belted cardigan on top.

3. Add cold weather wear such as dark opaque tights,  darker more simple handbags, and scarves.

4. Replace sandals with tall boots, slouchy boots, or booties. 

5. Select colors and textures appropriate for fall.  Leave the linen floral dress or the classic summer white and pastel dresses and opt for darker bolder hues giving you an edgy and autumn look.  But if you do wear lighter colored floral prints then just add tights and cardigans that compliment and draw attention to one of the darker hues in the dress.

Do you like to wear floral dresses in the fall/winter? If so what are some ways you transform this look from spring/summer to fall/winter?

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53 Comments:

The Owl's Closet said...

LOVE this outfit! Sigh, gotta love Madewell:) Thanks for sharing ur tips! I'm definitely a fan of floral dresses in the cold weather:)

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Josie said...

What fantastic tips! To transition for fall and winter, I love using darker florals and always adding tights and boots!
xo Josie
http://winksmilestyle.blogspot.com

jemina said...

I LOVE your dress, and your tips are spot on, thanks for sharing :)
XOXO
J

Katie said...

Florals are still great for fall/winter! Great tips :)

MarchMusings said...

This look is perfect for fall. Love the rich colour of the bag and boots.

Margaret said...

great colours! and awesome post. so glad i'm going into summer here, though :p
great blog!
loving the posts
stop by some time xx

Krystal said...

oh my gosh - this looks perfect!

GB said...

Love the way you've styled the dress!

Chas said...

That looks great! I love how you wore it with the olive green jacket!

Erika @ ~TiptoeButterfly~ said...

no i haven't yet - will i? not sure .. but i do love the Madewell dress ur wearing!

*kiss kiss*
Erika
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MelissaNibbles said...

I definitely do all of these with my dresses. I'm on a budget and can't afford new clothes each season. Gotta make it work!

Sara Bentley @ Purses Pastries Etc... said...

This looks so perfect! Just yesterday I was wishing I had a rust-colored, floral dress to wear with a pair of tall, brown boots -- and now I see it pictured here! Love it!
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Stacey said...

Love this look!! I especially love today's tips because it shows how one can use a summer piece and add layers thus making it perfect for a fall outfit.

Cara said...

YUP! I wore a floral dress with my new Theory blazer and booties on Saturday :)
<3 Cara
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samantha. said...

i love the whole idea of "seasonless" dressing. it is so important, in this economy, to be able to cycle articles of clothing throughout the entire year! way to handle it, girl :)!!!!!!!

Nikki said...

You look Fab!!!! Everything works, love your tights and boots! SO cute!!!


xx
Nikki

Sydney at PetiteGorgeous said...

Thank you for sharing all the great styling ideas! I am bookmarking this post :).

Annie said...

You look AWESOME!! This is the perfect outfit and you are rocking it! xo

Tanvi said...

Agree with you on all counts! And LOVE your boots. They are awesome.

Anonymous said...

My favorite outfit on you ever by far - everything is perfect! I like how you wore simple earrings so it didn't take away from the flower design of your dress. You are fabulous cousin!!! - Vandna

Torrie said...

Love your entire outfit, and that picture too!

I bought a Tucker dress @ Target (autumn colors) and I definitely plan on wearing it with boots (as opposed to wedges or sandals that I'd wear it with in the cooler months.

I have another brownish-orange floral dress that I wore on Thanksgiving last year- with *white pants (totally brightened it up, while keeping it very "autumn").

I love adding a jacket, scarf, and boots to an outfit that would otherwise be more fitting to a warmer season.

alison (semi-fab lane) said...

this is one of my favorite looks i've seen on you! i love those boots and it IS a perfect outfit for brunch!

Jaime @ La vie...J'aime said...

This look is spot on perfect!! I love the dress :) Layering is key!

Stephanie said...

you are rockin' this look. love everything about it!

Valerie said...

You look fabulous, Naina! I love everything about this look and awesome tips! You are seriously the cutest and have the best figure.

xo
Valerie

coolkids said...

Love love this look Naina! You look awesome. You defintely inspire me to try this look out.:)

Kayla said...

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bollywoodstylediaries said...

wow!! this is going to be my favorite outfit. So tastefully layered and all the colors complement each other so beautifully!! Are u on chictopia or Lookbook.nu? hon, u are so rocking here!!

Samantha said...

What a perfect winter floral! I love this look. I dont really wear floral print to begin with so it's not much of an issue for me : )

-Samantha
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Piya said...

love this outfit! perfect for fall!

Isabel said...

i love this outfit...such a great look for fall!

Marissa said...

I love this look! There's absolutely no reason to give up on the florals once summer ends.

20 York Street said...

That's so funny, I just wrote the same article at my BB Blog:

http://bb-blogger.billingsbridge.com/2010/10/fallin%e2%80%99-in-love-with-fall-fashion/

and I think we have the same SM boots! That's why I love your style!

besos,

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Becca [Free Honey] said...

First, you look lovely! This is such a great transitional weather outfit. I've been on the same wavelength as you, I just can't bear to put away my summer dresses. I've just been adding tights and chunky knits and scarves to everything. So far, it seems to be doing the trick!

THE ALTERNATIVE WIFE said...

That dress is amazing! And you look incredible! Your legs look like they go on forever! I've been wearing floral dresses lately too. I love autumizing them up. Fabulous tips as usual :) xoxo

Punctuation Mark said...

love the whole look... and love the breeziness of your photo... lovely!

Lovely B. said...

Great tips and fabulous outfit! I love taking dresses into the next season by pairing with skirts, sweaters and scarves. You've inspired me to think outside the box. Thanks Naina!

Cristina @FUJI FILES said...

You nailed it with the floral dress! My go-to tip is definitely boots, ankle boots, knee high boots, they all work beautifully ;)

xx Cristina

Lisa Griffin said...

great tips! i like pairing mine with a faux fur vest or cropped leather jacket, you look great!
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Savvy Gal said...

I love to top a floral silk dress with a comfy cardi or fitted leather jacket.

style-haus said...

très chic! the dress is such a beautiful floral print & the color combination of this ensemble make it perfect for fall. love the leather elements too

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Style Attic said...

It looks like your legs go on forever! You can totally pull off so many looks so well!!

Who takes the pictures of you? I admire your beauty/confidence. I practically dart out of the line of flash every time.

Thanks for my tips...I shall ponder them and try to put them to good use ;)

XO,

Kel

Diana Mieczan said...

I love that dress on you...I really need to get one too and pair up with my new tights:) Great tips,sweetie
Have a fantastic Tuesday

Lee Oliveira said...

Great tips for the girls.. Your dress is very gorgeous.
ok.. (obsessed with your boots and bag).
LOx

photohogger said...

Gorgeous! Love the look and I love wearing florals in the winter :)

Natalie said...

LOVE your outfit, I think I'm going to copy it. :) Thanks for the tips too!

Emma said...

I love the way you put this outfit together, that dress is gorgeous!

Emma
TheSidewalkIsMyRunway

Signe said...

I love this look :)

The Labadies said...

adorable! that's cool you have a madewell store!

Croatian_Latina said...

I love this outfit! the boots and purse and jewelry. all goes well together.

(was just reading your about me section and noticed we have something in common: PharmD.)

Deliciously Organized said...

LOVE this look!

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