How to Wear Summer in Winter

When it comes to the arrival of winter, it seems everyone has found a way to pack up their tank tops, camisoles and dresses and restocked their closets with sweaters and pants. Every year when there’s a first rain or snowstorm warning, I know it’s time to say “Goodbye” to my favorite brightly colored sleeveless tops and dresses. Normally I feel the disappointment as I pack away my summer favorites, but this year I’m taking a new approach to my summer wardrobe. Rather than pack everything away from my summer collection, I’ve decided to keep a few things to incorporate into my winter wardrobe. But before I show you my summer-winter style here’s a quick reminder of my guidelines from sustainable and ethical fashion for my outfits:

  • Using items already in my wardrobe instead of purchasing.
  • Purchase new only from sustainable and ethical companies.
  • Purchase from second-hand shops.
  • Make items for my wardrobe.
  • Mend and repair items, instead of throwing them out.
  • Repurpose wardrobe items into another piece of clothing or other item.

With each purchase I’ll also list prices and companies so you know where you can shop and how affordable it can be. If I make something, I’ll also indicate where I plan on using leftover scraps so you can see that each piece of fabric is used. Last but not least, if I have something already from my wardrobe, I’ll share how many years I’ve had it so you can see how timeless, classic pieces have longevity and can enhance your wardrobe. Even if I don’t use all of these principles in my post, I’ll have them handy for future outfits so you can see how to do the same with your wardrobe. Now that you have a quick reference to my guidelines, take a look at what I’ve come up with!

Outfit 1

Bright Colors

Wearing bright colors seems like something that’s only reserved for spring or summer. However, I’ve determined that pairing these fuchsia capris with neutrals makes a playful and fun outfit for managing the winter blues. Although I’ve mostly stuck to black and white in this outfit, I’ve found neutrals like tans, creams and light colors mix perfectly with my bright color accents. I certainly had fun scouring the racks for these colors at President’s Day sales!

From My Closet: Black Blazer (Gap), Years I’ve Owned: 8; Capris (Ann Taylor Loft), Years I’ve Owned: 4; Necklace and Earrings, Years I’ve Owned: 4, Shoes (Naturalizer), Years I’ve Owned: 4.

Purchased from a Second-Hand Store: Black and White Striped Top (Savers), Price: $2.50.

Outfit 2

Tank Top With Cardigan

Tank Top Without Cardigan

Instead of packing my cream camisole and light pink top, I decided to keep these out after wearing them this past summer in the 30 X 30 Capsule Wardrobe Challenge. When it comes to wearing sleeveless clothing I cold weather, I found the best way to wear it is to layer it. One of my favorite cardigans proved to be a great compliment and this necklace I recently purchased from Buffalo Exchange was a great way to bring in a pop of color.

From My Closet: Pink Top (Ann Taylor Loft), Years I’ve Owned: 3; Cream Lace Camisole (Banana Republic), Years I’ve Owned: 8; Jeans (Levi’s), Years I’ve Owned: 4; Cardigan (Ann Taylor Loft), Years I’ve Owned: 3; Shoes (Bass), Years I’ve Owned: 3; Earrings, Years I’ve Owned: 4.

Purchased From a Second-Hand Store: Necklace (Buffalo Exchange), Price: $10.

Outfit 3

Dress With Cardigan

Dress Without Cardigan

Who says dresses are only for summer? Even though my dress is sleeveless, I found wearing tights and layering a cardigan were the best way to stay warm in something traditionally meant for summer. And, my final accessory, a necklace gifted to me for my internship with Mata Traders adds just the hint of color I was looking for!

From My Closet: Dress (Banana Republic), Years I’ve Owned: 3; Cardigan (Ann Taylor Loft) Years I’ve Owned: 4; Shoes (Naturalizer), Years I’ve Owned: 4; Earrings, Years I’ve Owned: 4.

Gifted From Fair Trade Company: Necklace (Mata Traders).

So, as it turns out, some summer clothes can be worn at other times of the year. The more versatile I make my wardrobe, the more useful and creative I find it to be. I’m beginning to see that the line between seasonal wardrobes can be blended and I can make outfits from certain pieces year-round. Although I’m looking forward to warmer weather, something I always look forward to is seeing the mixing and matching for fantastic style!

What pieces in your wardrobe do you wear year-round? What clothing items do you keep in your closet no matter the season?

This post is a part of What I Wore Wednesdays hosted by the Pleated PoppyFriday Favorites hosted by Lizzie in LaceStyle Me Wednesdays hosted by Shopping My Closet, and Style Swap Tuesdays hosted by Myriad Musings.
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  1. Caitlin

    cute! i love your necklaces! and your outfit with the white shirt and jeans!

    • brooklyntvlasich

      Thanks Caitlin! I’m becoming more obsessed with big bib necklaces and jewels. 🙂

  2. Ming

    I’d like that buffalo exchange necklace please 🙂

    • brooklyntvlasich

      It’s fantastic! I have another one I need to use in a future outfit post, so stay tuned!

  3. Shybiker

    Cute outfits. I see no point to limiting our wardrobe to seasons and will wear anything at any time. You have some great pieces here to work with.

    • brooklyntvlasich

      Thanks! I think it’s great you agree that we shouldn’t limit our wardrobes because of seasonal styles.

  4. carsla

    wow! the story behind your outfits is inspo all around! 😀 ♥ | xoxo

    • brooklyntvlasich

      Thanks Carsla! I’m always happy to share the story behind my outfit choices and I’m glad I could inspire you!

  5. streetmadonna (@streetmadonna)

    Cute! I live in LA where sometimes summer is in winter! Thanks for the tips!

    • brooklyntvlasich

      You’re welcome. Although I love the season changes, I’d love to live in LA someday!

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