Adapting a summer dress

How to adapt a summer dress and make your wardrobe go further. My normal go-to outfits usually feature a pair of trousers and at the moment I am really loving the ease and freedom of dresses. Maybe because our weather here in London is glorious at the moment. I have unpacked all my summer dresses and am really enjoying wearing them. They are so easy to just pop on, add some jewellery or a scarf and you are ready to go. The dress I am wearing above is from Cos bought last year. The scarf is from Chicatanyage scarf shop (It comes in two other colourways if you have warm colouring)

Maybe I just got a bit bored with wearing the ubiquitous joggers, leggings or jeans every day and wanted to shake things up a bit. It seems that you are of the same opinion as my last post featuring my new maxi dress proved very popular.

I don’t really do the girly style dresses with ruffles, just not my style, I prefer my dresses simple. Not that there is anything wrong with a more feminine style dress, I have a couple of friends who look great in that look.

Adapting a summer dress

Some dresses can also be extremely adaptable. Depending on the length and shape you can add a pair of trousers or leggings and turn into tunics. Here I have added a pair of white cotton trousers and a contrasting belt from Jigsaw.

Kin at JohnLewis&Partners has some great adaptable dresses with a 50% discount at the moment.

Arket have 15% off their dresses and they have some nice loose ones some suitable to wear with trousers.

I have recently had the privilege of judging a fashion competition hosted by my favourite make-up Brand Lookfabulousforever. The winners of the competition will be published on their blog this Sunday. Pop over and have a look. All the participants put in a lot of effort when creating their outfits.

Adaptable dresses


  1. Brenda Chell
    29th May 2020 / 16:30

    You look lovely as ever Josephine, thank you for all the lovely ideas. Nice small waist. Sigh…

  2. Anna
    29th May 2020 / 16:48

    Lovely ideas, Josephine. I particularly like the tan belt. Can you give details, please?

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