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How to Repurpose Your Favorite Summer Items for Winter

Six local fashion bloggers share their tips for how to wear whites, shorter dresses, and other warm-weather favorites even when it’s freezing.

Blogger Natalie Pinto of Fashionably Broke demonstrates how she pairs shorts with winter staples, like sweaters and boots.

Living in Washington is expensive—and filling a closet with items appropriate for all four seasons definitely adds to the cost. But according to some of the city’s most fashionable ladies, there are countless ways to incorporate summer and spring staples into your winter wardrobe. So back away from the corduroys and check out these stylish examples from our favorite fashion bloggers.


“My favorite pieces are this mint leather jacket (from Closed, a German brand), these acid jeans, and this white cable-knit sweater. They’re all from their spring collection but I’ve decided, why not wear them in winter—because who says you can’t wear pastel colors when it’s freezing? I styled it with these studded Zara booties and fringed suede YSL bag; the combination of pastel colors with black details makes this winter look seem warmer.” Haya Tetroashvili, GoodGoodGorgeous

Bright Dresses

“To pull of a once-summery dress in the colder months, I use layering. I like to throw another shirt over the dress to create a two-piece look or add a sweater or cardigan and belt it.” Natalie Pinto, Fashionably Broke 


“I think I wear shorts more often in the fall and winter than I do in the summer! I’m a fan of leather shorts, especially, which I pair with either semi-sheer tights or thigh-highs. In the images attached I am wearing a reconstructed faux-fur cropped vest (formerly a jacket), a vintage Salvatore Ferragamo blouse (, vintage reconstructed leather shorts (, Deena and Ozzy boots, and a vintage bag and jewelry.” Denisio Truitt, the Ravenous Creator

Sheer Maxis

“The best way to wear your warm-weather items in winter is to make them cold-weather appropriate—I used to like to pretend I was in California and I didn’t need to ever wear pants, but I have since changed my tune! For example, I might throw tights under a summer dress and layer it under a sweater/blazer and a chunky knit scarf. Here’s one of my favorite thrifted nightgowns I wore as a maxi dress in winter.” Katherine Martinez, La Petite Marmoset

White Denim

“Summer whites can work just as well in winter when paired with sleek black pieces. I get a lot of wear out of my white jeans during the winter months this way.” E, District of Chic (left)

“Pick one piece and play with texture, which gives visual dimension. I took these white polka-dotted pants straight into winter unabashedly. With boots, a cozy sweater and scarf, and a leather jacket (for texture) it’s an outfit that will keep you warm but is visually interesting.” Alina Gonzales, the Hyperbalist (right)

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