Summer Dress with a Fall Twist

Hi beautiful friends! Although fall is well underway, the weather hasn’t quite turned to a complete fall chill that we normally get here in Seattle. I haven’t put away all of my summer dresses yet, nor have I wanted to. I am a firm believer that there are many ways to make summer dresses work in the fall. When the opportunity came to have brunch on a cool morning I jumped at the chance to wear a summer dress. I took a casual blue dress and paired it with a light chambray shirt to complete the look with a fall twist.



Don’t be intimidated by bright colors in the fall. You can still pull them off! With a bright dress like this, you’ll want soft neutral colors to tone down the look.



I rolled the sleeves the J. Crew way (comment below if you’d like to see a tutorial on how to do this). I also accessorized the look with gold accessories, which I think is perfect for the fall transition!



If you have a summer dress you can’t seem to let go of yet, try throwing on a chambray shirt (or even a plaid shirt) and watch the look take you straight into fall. You can even try tying it in front or tuck it into a skirt! It will be worth the extra wear out of those dresses!



Keep smiling!


Molly Lawson

I’m Molly Lawson! I live in Seattle and am an optimist, adventurer, and bold lipstick wearer. I created this space to inspire and empower women with words of encouragement known as #MollysWords and share inspiration through my personal style. I always want my readers to leave with a smile and I hope you do!

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  1. October 12, 2015 / 11:55 am

    This blue looks amazing on you! I love how are putting a fall twist into your summer wardrobe! I am drooling over your shoes!
    Hope you are feeling better girl!
    -xo, Shell

    • October 12, 2015 / 12:04 pm

      Thanks, Shell! I am beginning to feel better so thatโ€™s a good sign! These shoes are super simple, but I have always loved a simple shoe thatโ€™s classic. And this shoe goes with EVERYTHING!

      ๐Ÿ™‚ Molly

  2. October 12, 2015 / 12:07 pm

    Your smile is contagious and I love the chic bag, and the chambray over the dress! Great idea!

    • October 14, 2015 / 11:13 am

      Wow! That is the beat compliment! You’re so kind! Thank you!

      ๐Ÿ™‚ Molly

  3. October 13, 2015 / 9:56 am

    Well I couldn’t love this post any more than I do! I agree on the beautiful bright dresses being perfect fall pieces with the right accessories. And you feature that beautifully! And I didn’t know you are a kindergarten teacher! My daughter is in kindergarten (girl…bless you and your buckets of patience!) Happy day gorgeous! xxoo

    • October 14, 2015 / 11:14 am

      Awww Michelle that’s so kind! I bet your daughter is the cutest. I just love that age, but you’re right… It takes lots of patience!
      Thanks for stopping by!
      ๐Ÿ™‚ Molly

  4. October 14, 2015 / 12:13 pm

    You are seriously so cute!! I love that pic of you twirling around! I agree that there is no need to put away those summer dresses just dress them up fall style like this adorable look!! Still clinging on to summer the little bit of summer left ๐Ÿ˜›


    • October 17, 2015 / 1:05 pm

      Nadine, thank you so much! I love to have fun in shoots and I too am hanging on to that last bit of summer! Fall and winter will be long enough!

      ๐Ÿ™‚ Molly

  5. October 14, 2015 / 5:59 pm

    I totally agree! We’ve had some really nice days in between so I’ve been pulling out my dresses and just adding a scarf:-). You are so beautiful Molly, all your looks are always so polished and stunning! Hope you’re feeling better xoxo

    • October 17, 2015 / 1:07 pm

      Thank you Elizabeth! What a fantastic idea to add a scarf to a summer dress. I bet you look so beautiful wearing that! You are always so beautifully dressed!

      ๐Ÿ™‚ Molly

    • October 18, 2015 / 5:45 pm

      Thanks Rita! I just love blue so much and adding neutrals seemed like the perfect choice. Glad you enjoyed it!

      ๐Ÿ™‚ Molly

  6. October 18, 2015 / 7:17 pm

    Great tips! Love the dress. I like how you mentioned folding your sleeves the J.Crew way, I am all about that. You look lovely.

    • October 19, 2015 / 4:27 pm

      Thank you Asa! The J.Crew way to roll up sleeves is really the best and saves a lot of time!

      Keep smiling!

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