One of the more depressing aspects of dressing for winter is bidding a temporary farewell to your collection of summer dresses and not seeing them again for approximately seven whole months if you live anywhere that’s not blissfully warm all year.
Lately though, I’m more and more convinced it’s not really necessary to put dresses that traditionally would be considered off-season into storage, thanks to some of the most stylish women on earth—actresses Priyanka Chopra and Dakota Johnson, and street-style MVP Veronika Heilbrunner among them—who have stepped out recently wearing unapologetically summery dresses paired with a big old winter coat and the outcome is surprisingly modern.
Here, a few tricks for pulling this off yourself.
1. Mix textures.
The key to nailing this trend is to make sure that you’re mixing textures, so don’t be afraid to pair a chiffon summer dress with a bulky shearling or a silky floral slip dress with an oversized wool military coat. The end result that comes from wearing a warm-weather piece of clothing with something that’s meant specifically for chilly temperatures will make this outfit feel, in a word, cool.
2. Don’t be afraid to go really seasonal.
Have a summer dress in the back of your closet that you normally reserve for places like the beach or for scorching hot days? Even that (with the right accessories) can work in the winter. If you’d prefer not to show excess skin, layer a turtleneck underneath.
3. Break out your boots.
Mixing a floaty dress with a solid pair of boots is one of the easiest ways to nail the styling aspect of the trend. Over-the-knee suede boots, ankle boots, chunky lug soles—anything goes.
4. Don’t be afraid of color.
Yes, you’re getting dressed in the middle of the winter, but resisting the urge to only wear black is what makes this trend stand out. Pastels, primary brights, stripes, florals—they all work, despite dated fashion “rules.”
5. Top off your look with winter accessories.
To drive home the point that this look was, indeed, intentional and not a case of season-rushing, finish off your outfit with appropriate accessories like a slouchy beanie, an oversized scarf, or even a pair of jeans underneath. Besides scoring style points, you’ll also probably make your mom happy you bundled up. After all, it’s cold out there.