How to wear my signature ankara dress (or any summer dress) in the fall/winter


"If you're a regular reader then you're probably familiar with my signature ankara dress. I designed it two years ago, and I've been obsessed with it ever since. Usually, I wear it in the Summer because it's the perfect dress for a toasty day. it's colorful and comfortable, and the pockets are a plus.

I love my signature dress so much that I didn't want to limit it to summertime. So I decided to show how to wear it in cooler temperatures - specifically Winter. The following are three necessities which I used to create a Winter look. Note that these tips can be applied to any summer dress.

  1. Layers:  If you don't want to freeze to death, then you must layer. Feel free to layer with tights, pants, jeans, sweaters, shirts, jackets, e.t.c. The great thing about ankara print is that it usually has so many colors which broadens options for layers and accessories.
  2. Accessories: To accentuate your winter look, choose accessories that scream fall/winter such as velvet, suede, fur, booties, etc. This will help give your dress a much needed winter transformation.
  3. Makeup: I cannot overstate the importance of makeup. I've said it before and I'll say it again - makeup has a transforming effect. For a Winter look, avoid bright colored makeup. 

For my layers, I wore dark burgundy tights and a torquoise sweater. The burgundy tights created an instant winter look. Also, the fact that the colors on this particular ankara are not very summery helped. I accessorized with a burgundy velvet turban headband and coral suede pumps.  I finished with multicolored earrings and dark makeup.

Full disclosure - this signature dress has no pockets but the lovely detailed embroidered design on the back (which my signature dresses don't usually have) is enough compensation. Who says you can't look fabulous from behind?"

Photographed my beautiful Bloggie.