How to make your summer clothes work for you in winter

Why buy a whole new winter wardrobe when you can just use your summer clothes and layer up with some winter accessories? Grab some tights, a couple of winter essentials and you’ll be ready for the season ahead in no time. From on-trend chunky knits and cardigans to cosy sherpa-lined coats and biker boots, it’s easy to change up your favourite looks to suit the colder seasons.

Strappy summer dresses were a huge trend during the warmer seasons. Instead of throwing them to the back of your wardrobe, simply pair these typically thin dresses with a plain long sleeved top and a faux fur lined leather jacket. Add some chunky biker boots and tights to continue the rock n’ roll vibe or change it up with eye-catching white trainers. For the extra cold months, swap the long sleeved top for a thick roll-neck knit, which The Standard claims is a must-have this season. Sophisticated and warm, what more could you want from an outfit?

Playsuits are a summer essential and the ultimate go-to on the days when you don’t know what to wear. The right base is essential when layering for winter, so avoid flimsy material by buying quality styles from the likes of Superdry. Continue the stylish but simple vibe by throwing a slouchy cardi or a neutral knitted jumper over the top. This simple outfit would be perfect with a casual beanie and a pair of on-trend chunky trainers. If you want to dress it up, go for some classic heeled chelsea boots and throw a leather jacket on top of your jumper or cardi.

Another summer favourite that shouldn’t be disregarded is dungarees. This fashion essential is an adorable addition to any wardrobe, especially when layered with a flannel shirt and a sherpa-lined denim jacket in winter. Add a warm knitted scarf and tights to create the perfect outfit for running errands or heading out to university.

Vibrant, arty colours have been celebrated in the fashion industry this year, so why not take it a step further and brighten up your outfit with the new Vans x Van Gogh shoe collaboration? Biker boots are another great options, pairing perfectly with the flannel to create a more edgy style.

Wrap skirts were a game changer earlier this year, combining formal fashion trends with casual tops and shoes. Go for the ever-popular monochrome vibe with a chunky black knit, dainty silver jewellery and white midi wrap skirt for instant elegance. Tuck a front section of the jumper into the waistband so your waist appears more defined rather than lost under the skirt and jumper combination.

It can be hard to know what shoes to wear with skirts when sandals aren’t an option, so opt for some casual white trainers or Converse to complete the look. Wrap dresses can be styled the exact same way, simply tuck the front of the jumper into a thick waist belt to achieve the same effect.

Graphic t-shirts are easy to style all year round, but you can switch it up by layering. Tuck a thin cotton top into belted mom jeans with an oversized contrasting denim jacket and casual slip-ons. Blue denim jeans always look great when paired with a black denim jacket and vice versa, so don’t be afraid to combine similar materials. A check scarf, bomber jacket and knitted beanie would go perfectly with this outfit on the days you need some extra protection from the cold weather.

Make your summer pieces work all year round with these tips for the season ahead.