See how I transition my summer dress for fall (and winter)

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A perfect summer travel dress

I bought the summer dress of today’s OOTD  for social dances. Upon its arrival I liked it so much that I decided to use it for work. The fabric is perfect for travel as it does not wrinkle. Thus, I packed it on my recent business trip to Boulder, Colorado. The weather in Boulder was perfect – like summer in Interior Alaska. Thus, it was perfect for this dress. <3

On the side of the trip, I met Anna. If you are a regular reader of Ana’s blog Mrs. American Made, you know this already. She is such an interesting woman. Time ran way too fast. One of the outcomes of our meeting was that we will host today’s linkup party together. We also planned to meet again when I come thru town next time.

Co-host Ana and host Nicole
Ana and me in Boulder in front of the UCAR building. Photo from Ana’s blog

How I transitioned this dress to fall

While in Boulder, no tights and no jacket were needed, they were a must back in Alaska. In the outfit below, I paired the dress with black tights – a color that is included in the abstract print. To give the legs a long lean look the stiletto booties in black are a perfect match. To stay warm on the commute to work the quilted boxy leather jacket was just right.

midlife woman in a summer dress styled for fall

printed fit-and-flare dress transitioned to fall

outfit details

mature woman wearing a summer dress styled for fall
Otutfit details: eShakti printed summer dress, Hinge quilted leather jacket, GNW tights, BCBG statement belt and Harley Davidson booties (all own)

How I styed the dress when the flurries flew

A couple of days later, we had some flurries in the forecast. Neverthless, I decided not to give up on my beloved summer dress yet. I styled it for fall by “winterizing” it with a cardigan. Since the dress has some sort of fit-and-flare cut, the long cardigan wouldn’t work when worn open. However, its red matches the red in the abstract print. Thus, I made the combination work by knotting the cardi. Extra benefit: The knotted cardi gives the look more shape than an open cardigan would do. For a lean sleek look of the legs I added red tights and red booties.

mature woman in a summer dress styled for fall with a cardigan and booties

mature woman in a work outfit with dress, tights and booties

over 50 years old fashion blogger wearing a summer dress styled for the first snow in October
eShakti printed fit-and-flare dress with Moda International cardigan knotted for shape, Hermes collier de chien bangle, GNW tights, Manolo Blanik booties (all own) and wooden watch c/o Jord

However, as the temperatures had dropped, a coat was in order for the commute to work. Since I had grounded the indoor outfit with red, my red pea-coat was a good choices to create a monochromatic outfit as my outerwear.

style blogger in fall outfit with red pea coat with matching tights and booties

fall outerwear as it is needed in October in Alaska
Outfit details: LeatherCoatsEtc Excelled Collection pea coat, eShakti dress, GNW tights, teal silk scarf, Manolo Blanik booties, and Jaeger tote (all own)
When you are petite wear your tights and shoes in the same color to look taller than you actually are. #styletip #dress4yourshape Click To Tweet

Temperatures were still in the positive double digits. In other words, they were just slightly below the freezing point. Thus, a wool pea coat was sufficient for the commute to work. See, I am not even wearing gloves yet.

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How to you transition your clothes from summer to Fall? What are your style challenges in the summer to fall transition time? Let me know by email so I can help you.

Top of the World Style linkup-party

Thanks to those of you who linked up last week. You are all so stylish! The Readers’ Fav OOTD goes to the link you clicked the most which was Alice’s OOTD from Happiness at Midlife. Linda from A Labour of Life showed how to create interest by mixing prints and patterns just in black and white for a comfy, but chic travel look. She made it to My Fav OOTD of the last party. I am into mixing prints and patterns lately.

Winners of the title Top of the World OOTD
Alice and Linda became Top of the World OOTD Readers’ Fav and My Fav, respectively. Photos from these Ladies’ posts

For those of you who don’t know Ana yet, let me introduce you to her. Ana is the stylish blogger behind Mrs. American Made. I already followed her before I started my blog. She is an over 40 fashion blogger who cares about the environment and sustainability. You can imagine we had many things in common to talk about. 🙂 To protect the environment, she tries to buy more local. As a natural progression “Made in USA” products became important to her. She told me that it is very hard to find great clothes made in America. Please stop by her blog to say Hi and follow her.

Co-host Ana from Mrs. American Made
Co-host Ana from Mrs. American Made. Photo from her bog

Now let’s start to party. Everyone of any age and gender is welcome to share their outfit posts.
#linkup #fashionlinkup #over40fashion | Top of the World Style linkup party logo | High Latitude Style | http://www.highlatitudestyle.com

  1. Please follow your Host via email, and your Co-host via bloglovin
  2. Link up any of your outfit posts
  3. Please visit your linkup-fellows’ blogs and give them some traffic and feedback.
  4. Please share the party and invite your blogging friends and tell your readers. Invite your friends on twitter.


As you know, I pin photos from this party’s post to the Top of the World Style pinterest board. I made this board a group board. Thus, if you want to pin all the photos of your linked up posts to the board let me know and I will send you an invitation. To get a reminder for the next Top of the World Style party sign up here.

Photos of me: G. Kramm

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