Transitioning a Sundress

The weather being what it is here in Scotland, I figured I would expand upon the theme I started earlier in the week and talk a little more about transitional dressing. This time of year that's the buzzword on every retailer and magazine editor's lips. I am a huge fan of transitional dressing, probably because most of the year in Scotland would be considered "transitional" by any number of measures.

I found this sundress for £15 on sale at Topshop last week, and fell in love with it. It will be perfect for our upcoming Mediterranean holiday in September, and it just so happens it fits with all of the elements that I look for when choosing something summery to transform into something slightly less summery.  To transition successfully, I do the following:
  1. Choose a sundress in a style and print that will actually translate well into the cooler months. Tribal prints (like this dress) work really well, as do some graphic prints and of course, solids. Leave Hawaiian prints, Lilly Pulitzer, or anything too overtly nautical alone. By nature these will be too summery to do much with. Save them for your next warm weather holiday.
  2. Waist definition. You need it. Even if the dress is styled to be worn loose, once you start layering for transitional weather, you are going to want that waist definition. Do it however you like, but most likely you'll be needing a belt. 
  3. Shoe choice is key. For styling a sundress in summer, I can't get enough of flat, metallic sandals. They are practically a neutral and add a bit of life without over-complicating things. For transitional weather, choose something heavier, even if it is just a chunkier open-toe sandal. If it is not warm enough for open toes, try a heeled shoe bootie (with or without tights). Tall boots are often too heavy to pair with all but the most structured of summer dresses, so tread lightly. Pun intended. 

Topshop dress (sold out), similar, similar / Sam & Libby for Target sandals (last season), similar / J. Crew cardigan (last season), similar  / H&M sandals (sold out), similar / thrifted DKNY belt, similar / gold hoop earrings (old), similar

Make it happen.


  1. So pretty! And send me those sandals asap, pls. xox

  2. Okay, not a deep thought but, Kirsten I love this dress! I admit, I'm having a bit of a thing for borders. Haven't been able to find a suitable fabric yet, but I really think the printed border on the bottom of your dress is so lovely! Love your both ways styling...the gold flats are so cute!

  3. Hi there, just came back from a needed vacation! I love this dress on you, the print and then how you added the red cardi and those fabulous black heels. I think red is my fav color and it is great to have a piece you can transition. LOoks great
    from the link up

    please stop by, jess

  4. Love your dress and how you styled it! I always thought wearing a belt over a cardigan would make me look fat... I guess I am wrong :)
    x Nina
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