Tank tops are for cold weather too

Fall is well underway and winter is fast approaching. When the seasons change, so do our wardrobes, and sometimes a full closet means an empty wallet. An easy way to save money (and time) on your winter wardrobe this year is to use what you already have: summer clothes.

If you find yourself staring at a closet full of tank tops, dresses and t-shirts and have no desire to spend a fortune on winter clothing, then you’re at the right place.

Here are five summer clothing articles that can be transformed into winter staples.

Tank tops and slip dresses

Both tank tops and slip dresses are wonderful for layering. Simply throw a long sleeve shirt (I recommend something tighter that won’t bunch up) under your favorite tank and you have an effortless and chic look you can rock all winter long. This look is also highly customizable depending on what colors and patterns you own. Not only will you look stylish, but also unique.

Think it’s too cold to wear a dress? Think again. Layering is your friend in the wintertime and who says you can’t layer a dress? Slip dresses specifically are perfect for layering long sleeve shirts and can also be paired with a tall pair of riding boots. 

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Skirts and dresses 

Skirts and dresses can be paired with tights, boots and jackets. Another way to wear dresses or skirts this winter is to pair them with tights or pantyhose. Add a pair of combat boots like Doc Martens for a more edgy take on your favorite sundress. A pair of riding boots is also a great option to keep your toes toasty and your calves cozy.

Maxi dresses are also a great option for wintertime. You can wear leggings or tights underneath to keep warm and pair with a denim jacket on top. Pairing a denim jacket with a short or long dress also works great to keep you warm when the sky is cloudy and the wind is blowing.

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Denim jackets 

Denim jackets are great for the colder months because they are versatile. They can be worn with a jumpsuit, dress or short-sleeve shirt, or if it’s too cold for just a denim jacket, try wearing a sweatshirt or hoodie underneath. This look is stylish, comfy and works great if you have an oversized jacket.

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Another great option for transitioning your summer wardrobe into a winter one is pairing overalls with a sweater or sweatshirt. Overalls are great for fall and winter because they provide extra warmth around your torso and are a simple way to mix things up if you want more than the classic jeans and top combo.

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Oversized T-shirts

Pairing an oversized t-shirt with a long sleeve shirt underneath is one of the easiest ways to utilize your summer clothing in the winter time. 

Oversized T-shirts are a staple, especially among college students. Though they are typically worn casually in the summer time with a pair of shorts and sneakers, in the winter, they can be paired with a long sleeve shirt or mock turtleneck tucked into jeans (or not).

If jeans don’t suit the level of comfort you’re looking for, leggings or joggers are also a great choice for the long sleeve and t-shirt combo.

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Socks and sandals for the win

Some would argue that socks and sandals is a combination that should be avoided at all costs, but I say otherwise. 

Socks and sandals are a fun way to show off a funky sock pattern. Got a pair of socks with polka dots, bananas, snowflakes, Santa Claus or mistletoe all over them? Wearing them with your sandals let’s the world see your fun socks while also keeping your feet warm.

A popular combination of socks and sandals is Birkenstocks and socks, something I like to call “socks and stocks.” Wearing socks with your Birks is a great way to transition this summer shoe into fall and winter.

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