There's no need to put away your summer dresses just yet. By adding some simple layers and the right accessories, you can wear your favourite maxis and mini dresses well into the autumn. After all, any good piece in your wardrobe should last longer than one season. Need inspiration on how to make your summer styles go the distance? Here are six tips for wearing summer dresses in September and beyond...
Swap sandals for trainers
Whether it's a mini or a maxi, your favourite dress will benefit from the addition of a sharp looking sneaker. And your toes will thank you for it too. Pair with a leather jacket or a blazer and a crossbody bag for a woman-on-a-mission look!
Add a shacket or a bomber jacket
Last year saw the rise of the shacket and they're back this season. The shacket is the ultimate transitional layer, and depending on the style and what you pair it with, it can smarten up a look or give a more relaxed style to something smarter underneath. For evening, add a bomber jacket like this one for a bit of extra glitz.
Cosy up with a cardi, sweater or sweatshirt
Instantly elevate your cosiness levels and your look with a chunky cardi, knit or your favourite slogan sweatshirt. Sneakers will relax the look; ankle boots will smarten it up.
Pair with a skinny tee or a blouse
Not quite in the knitwear zone yet? Channel uber-cool 90s style - which is back with a vengeance - by wearing a skinny t-shirt, a simple collared shirt or even a ruffled blouse under a dress. A great transitional look, pair with sneakers or biker boots and some chunky statement jewellery.
Team with this season's trench
The long lines of a maxi dress are beautifully complemented by the length of a simple trench - a wardrobe essential for autumn. It adds drama to your look and statement simplicity in equal measure.
Wear your dress as a jacket
Button-down or shirt dresses make a fantastic statement layer over a simple tee and jeans or trousers look. Wear loose for a floatier look or smarten it up by accentuating the waist with a belt.