How To Transition Your Cold-Shoulder Midi Dress to Fall

Today I’m talking about one of my favorite dresses of the summer, a chambray cold-shoulder midi dress. The dress combines two of my favorite styles, the cold-shoulder and the midi dress. With fall just around the corner, the mornings and nights are becoming noticeably cooler and I am not willing to pack up this summer favorite just yet. You can easily transition this summer favorite into fall by adding layers, changing out footwear, and incorporating fall colors.

First, let’s take a look at the dress. The ruffled cold-shoulder overlay and tiered skirt lend a feminine quality to the dress and the chambray color acts as a great neutral that can be worn year-round. You can also slip your arms just under the adjustable spaghetti straps and on top of the cold shoulder overlay to create a different silhouette on the bodice of the dress. This will come in handy when it’s time to start layering. The dress is by Old Navy, but I don’t see it on the website any longer. You may still be able to find it your local Old Navy store.

Let’s start transitioning.

Change Footwear

Swap the summer sandals for a comfy pair of ankle boots. Here, I am wearing the Earth Shoes Olive ankle boot. The cushioned footbed, reinforced arch support, and over-padded heal, make this a comfortable boot that can be worn all day. The straps and metal buckle accents, along with the burnished leather, give this boot a stylish, edgy vibe.

Add Layers

As the weather begins to cool off, add a top layer. Here, I’ve paired the dress with a fitted light brown denim jacket for a touch of added warmth.  To balance out proportions, a shorter length jacket pairs well with fuller and tiered skirts. If your midi dress has a slimmer silhouette on the bottom, you can layer it with longer jackets or sweaters.

Pair with Fall Colors

Keep in mind that you are not limited to olive tones and light browns. You can pair with any fall colors. A burgundy tone shoe or jacket would add a beautiful rich pop of color. A deep rose (dusty pink) tone will compliment a feminine style and is perfect for bringing the pink shades of spring and summer into your fall wardrobe.

How do you transition your cold-shoulder and midi dresses into fall?


Until the next post, stay stylish and comfortable.



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By | 2017-09-23T23:15:13+00:00 September 17th, 2017|The Weekender|6 Comments

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  1. Cheryl Tucker September 22, 2017 at 6:46 pm - Reply

    Great post! It would be a shame not to get to use that dress right through fall so great style tip! Thank you for joining our Style Wise link up party!

    • Colette September 23, 2017 at 10:58 pm - Reply

      Hi Cheryl,

      Thanks for stopping by and thanks for hosting the Style Wise link up party!


  2. jess jannenga September 23, 2017 at 11:17 am - Reply

    Hi Colette,
    Love the chambray dress and the pretty feminine style! great transition into Fall with your fitted jacket and booties. Lovely! It is still pretty warm here in NC, so transitional outfits are it for the next month.
    thanks for linking!
    jess xx

    • Colette September 23, 2017 at 11:05 pm - Reply

      Hi Jess,

      Thanks for stopping by and thanks for hosting the Turning Heads link up! I love browsing through the link up and getting great style ideas from the other posts.


  3. Edwige Teko-Folly September 24, 2017 at 9:02 am - Reply

    Really cute dress! Love how to style it! You look fantastic!

    Edwige |

    • Colette September 24, 2017 at 7:37 pm - Reply

      Thank you Edwige. Fall is such a great time to take a look through our closets and pull out some transitional pieces and have fun creating new outfits. Thank you for stopping by!


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