How to Transition Your Floral Dresses From Summer to Fall

Floral dresses are classic staples of any woman’s wardrobe. I honestly wear them all year round, because my style is very feminine and romantic. However, the way that I style my floral dresses varies greatly on the time of year. Not only does the temperature influence my accessories and how I layer, but the change of the seasons also affects which colors and fabrics of dresses and accessories I choose to wear. This blog post will show you some different ideas to help you to transition your floral dresses from summer to fall.

If there’s one thing that depresses me beyond measure lately with the weather, it’s that hot weather seems to last well until the end of October, and then it just gets bitterly cold (I live in Pennsylvania).  This means that some of my favorite lightweight jackets and dress/boot combos don’t work well with the temperature. I’m going to wish crisp, fall weather into existence (good thoughts!). I separated dresses and accessories into two different categories, summer and fall, in order to give you a better idea about the differences between floral dresses in each season. You CAN still wear your favorite dresses from summer into fall, and I’ll show you how to do this. One type of floral dress that I do recommend for the fall/winter is a black floral dress. They have been trending now for a few years during the fall season, and I have several of them.

Summer Florals

How to Transition Floral Dresses From Summer to Fall
White floral dress (Dress Code by Dani Nicole Boutique), blue espadrilles, wood-handle straw tote (Francesca’s), straw fedora, wood bead hoops, gold chain necklace

As you can see from the images below, summer dresses tend to be lighter and brighter. The colors most likely to be popular this fall according to the Pantone Fall 2018 colors are: burgundy red (“red pear”), bright red (“valiant poppy”), medium blue (“nebulas blue”), mustard yellow (“ceylon yellow”), olive (“martini olive”), bright orange (“russet orange”), violet (“ultra violet”), light purple (“crocus petal”), soft pink (“mellow rose”), lemon-lime yellow (“limelight”), deep blue-green (“quetzal green”), and fuchsia (“pink peacock”). The easiest way to re-wear your summer florals during fall and winter is if you happen to have dresses that feature these fall colors, or consist of neutral colors like white, navy, black, or gray. Are the fashion police going to hunt you down if you don’t follow these guidelines? NO! LOL. However, all of the dresses below would transition seamlessly from summer to fall because they are very similar to the fall colors of the year.


Dresses (left to right, top to bottom)

How to Transition Floral Dresses from Summer to Fall
Yellow floral dress (Vetue Boutique), Rose-gold sandals, multi-strand gold necklace

Here are the accessories that you can continue to wear with your floral dresses throughout the end of summer. You CAN wear them longer if you wish. However, accessories made of heavier fabrics and featuring deeper colors tend to pair better with fall florals. In summertime, I wear my floral dresses with totes, cross-body bags, and clutches in light colors and made from faux-leather, straw, or wood material. All of these dresses would look stunning with tan sandals, heels, wedges, or booties. You can also wear them with white sneakers for an athleisure look. Feel free to add your favorite sunglasses and straw hats to top off your look, or put on a beaded or feathered pendant necklace for a bohemian feel.


Accessories (Top to bottom, left to right)

How to Transition Floral Dresses from Summer to Fall
Red maxi dress (Charming Charlie), Wood-handle straw tote (Francesca’s), straw fedora, gold hoops

Fall Florals

Pink floral maxi dress (New York & Company), denim jacket (White House, Black Market)

Here are my favorite picks for fall floral dresses. You can wear knee-length, midi, or maxi floral dresses during the fall. All of the ones that I chose mostly have the color schemes that we talked about (black floral especially).  You will notice that the sleeves are generally longer in my fall picks, while the summer picks consisted of off-the-shoulder, spaghetti strap, and halter top styles. Don’t worry though, because you can make any floral dress fall appropriate by layering scarves, jackets, and cardigans over it.


Dresses (Top to bottom, left to right)

How to Transition Your Floral Dresses From Summer to Fall
This is an example of the M-slit maxi dresses. They have slits on both sides, with a flap of fabric that goes in the middle. Black maxi dress (Forever 21), Olive motorcycle jacket (Buckle), ankle boots, black belt

In order to transition your floral dresses to fall, pick a jacket to layer over your outfit. I picked olive green anorak jackets, denim jackets, and black faux-leather jackets for my toppers of choice. You can continue to wear straw or wood-accented bags and tan sandals with your floral dresses. As the weather gets cooler, however, you may want to switch to tan or black ankle booties or knee-high boots. I love wearing leggings with my dresses, but you can also wear solid or patterned tights.  I typically switch to a tote bag in the fall, and I’m really liking bags in gray, tan, and mauve for the season.  Some other suggested accessories are scarves, wooden bead bracelets, bangles, and tan belts (to belt your waist).


Accessories (Top to bottom, left to right)

How to Transition Your Floral Dresses from Summer to Fall
Black Knee-Length Dress (Francesca’s), Scarf, Knee-High Boots, Jacket (Water Lili)

I want to mention a few details about the scarf and denim jacket that I’m wearing. My scarf is a Christmas present from my boyfriend. If you know me, you know that I absolutely love books, and one of my favorite books/movies is The Great Gatsby. At Litographs, you can get scarves, tote bags, and t-shirts that consist of words from books, or you can add your own text. It is seriously one of the coolest presents that I’ve ever gotten! The jacket is from this awesome boho chic boutique that I visited during my time in Bethany Beach this summer called Water Lili. It was a great find, and I love the distressed denim and patches (it even has a Guns and Roses patch on it!).

Have a great week, and I hope you enjoyed today’s post! If you liked this blog post, you may want to check out a previous post, “Tips to Transition Your Wardrobe from Summer to Fall.” I would love to hear any additional tips you have for transitioning your floral dresses from summer to fall. What are you looking forward to this fall (besides wearing boots, like me)?

Until next time…


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  1. I’m a huge floral dress fan and wow – you have so many gorgeous ones. I absolutely love the yellow on you. Great tips here. I picked up a cheap jean jacket earlier this year that I will absolutely wear with my dresses. Thanks for the inspo! 🙂

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    1. Thank you so much! I got the yellow one for free for being an influencer from a boutique. 😍😍😍 Gotta love free stuff. I can’t wait to wear my jean jacket too. It was still a bit too humid today! Lol.


  2. Okay, first, I love your style! I’m not one of those people who can put things together very well, so I often have to study photos or mannequins to get it right! Second, I love summer because I can wear all my strappy sundresses until my heart is content; yet I’m always sad to see winter come because I think I have to put them up until the warm weather makes another appearance! NO! Now I know exactly what to do with them AND I have boots and a denim jacket! Awesome post!

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    1. Aw thank you so much! Yes it always makes me super sad too, but as long as we get nice fall weather for once, we should be able to extend their wear for a bit! 😁🤗😍

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  3. LOVE your outfit! So cute. That denim jacket with the embroidery on it is so pretty and I love how you added the scarf and boots to tie it all together. I’m a huge fan of florals year round, it’s all about how you style it.

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    1. Thanks for your input! I actually don’t have many cardigans, but I have one black cropped cardigan that I wear all the time. It comes to about my waist, so I love that it still gives me some shape while covering me up!


  4. Such a great post! I’m always finding myself a little stumped with more summery pieces in my closet. I love dressing them up with a cute boot and sweater or jacket. Such good ideas here!!

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  5. I loooove your picks! Such pretty dresses and I always need more dresses living in Florida lol. The accessories you chose are amazing, too. Totally perfect for transitioning to fall!

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  6. I’m typically pretty clueless when it comes to style, and I’ve always assumed my florals are out once fall rolls around. After seeing this, it looks like I could make some of them work. Thanks for the tips!

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