Plus Size Transitional Fashion – How to take a dress from Summer to Autumn

Plus Size Transitional Fashion – How to take a dress from Summer to Autumn

It may be gloriously sunny and warm right now, I spent last night drinking wine outside in a beer garden in just a camisole dress, but the nights are drawing in and this Indian Summer is bound, unfortunately, to end at some point and then ensues that awkward transitional moment when you’re not ready for all out winter, but not quite ready to let go of summer yet either.   With this in mind, I thought I’d show how I plan to transition one of my key summer pieces, the vibrant wrap dress, to Autumnal wear.


I’ve had this beautiful ASOS Wrap Dress for some time now and have had many other items like this over the years.  A wrap dress, for me is, the epitome of understated elegance – easy to throw on when you don’t have the energy for coordination yet sure to impress whenever you do wear it. This particular dress is a new and staunch favourite of mine – I mean, just look at the colour.   I’m not normally one for pink but this dress is so vibrant and alive that I just had to have it.

This ASOS Wrap is now sold out in most sizes but does come in multiple colour options.   It sadly maxes out at an 18 but comes up large (I’m wearing a 14 here when I usually where an 18) and I’ve also included some more plus size friendly options at the end of the post.

Plus Size Transitional Fashion - How to take a dress from Summer to Autumn

For warmer weather I’ve been pairing this vibrancy with simple, neutral tones accessories.  My, by now very familiar to you, trusted Clarks courts and my Ted Baker bag.  I’m wearing my Wacoal under slip beneath to keep the look slightly more modest as the dress is very low cut and excessive cleavage is still very much frowned upon in the workplace.   Come evening, I may discard the under slip although I do love the gentle lace peeping above the pink.

Plus Size Transitional Fashion - How to take a dress from Summer to Autumn

When wearing something this vibrant, I also like to keep my jewellery simple.  In these pictures I’m wearing  simple silver pendant that my husband bought me from Tiffany’s some years ago (it was our first Christmas as a couple and he hid the jewellery in an empty iron box to try and trick me into believing that he’d bought me an iron).

As the weather gets cooler, I’ll probably swap the nude legs for opaque tights and black heels. As it get even colder, it becomes time to crack out the winter boots and layering options …


Layering isn’t something that comes natural to me, it’s something I’ve worked one, experimented with (ahem – got wrong) but I think I’m finally getting it.

I’ve styled my beautiful wrap dress with a black under slip, opaque tights, my killer patent boots, and a sleeveless longline blazer.  I also threw on my new hat – which, if you follow me on Instagram you’ll already know, is my new obsession.  I picked it up in Edinburgh last week after spending a week at history conference all about espionage – I thought the hat was fitting for the equation.

Plus Size Transitional Fashion - How to take a dress from Summer to Autumn

I think this look would also work really well with a cropped blazer or, for a more relaxed look, layered with a  cropped cardigan.  Come the real cold, dreary winter months, I’d add a heavy calf length coat like this beauty from Marks & Spencers.

Now, as promised, here are some more friendly plus size alternatives to this beautiful dress.

How do you transition a dress from the warmer to colder months?  Share your tips below as I’m always looking for new ways to transition.

Outfit Details: Summer

ASOS Wrap Dress in Pink

Wacoal Under Slip

Ted Baker Handbag (past season  – similar here) 

Clarks Kendra Heels

Outfit Details: Autumn

ASOS Wrap Dress in Pink

Marks & Spencer Under Slip

Simply Be Sleeveless Duster Jacket

Dune Boots (past season – similar here)

Marks and Spencer Hat


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  1. September 17, 2016 / 9:36 pm

    This is a great post Charli and a wonderful way to get more bang for your buck. <3
    x LoveLeah x

  2. September 18, 2016 / 5:02 pm

    I really need to get my mitts on more wrap dresses, they always look so classic and cool and can be worn in different ways. Love that hot pink on you!