Published on july 15, 2020

5 Ways to Give Your Go-to Summer Dress a Whole New Look

written by Team thredUP

Do you have that one go-to dress that you’re always reaching for? Do you wish it was socially acceptable to wear it every single day? Us too. Once you find a dress you love⁠—one that fits you perfectly and makes you feel super confident⁠—you’ll never want to take it off. You can style your favorite dress with different shoes and cute accessories to make a unique outfit every time. Today we’re showing you our five favorite ways to wear a summer dress. 

For these looks, we’re styling a thrifted yellow Free People dress with a v-neckline and pockets. To accessorize, we’ve chosen gold jewelry to complement all our fun accessories and shoes. 

1. The Playful ‘Fit

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If you’re looking for a casual summer look, but can’t bring yourself to put on the same denim shorts again, try a dress instead! When you wear a graphic tee under your shift dress, you’ll have the perfect combo of trendy and comfy. We’re loving this thrifted graphic tee from Riot Society. Tie it all together with a classic pair of chunky white sneakers⁠—perfect for the farmer’s market and sunset walks. 

2. The Timeless Combo

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Looking for an easy change-up? Tying a simple cardigan around your waist is the perfect way to subtly accessorize your summer dress. Bonus! It’s also perfect for those cooler nights out. You can also make a statement with your shoes⁠—espadrilles are SO in! These Sam Edelman mules are just as comfy as they are cute! 

3. The Trendy Moment

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Ever thought of wearing jeans with your dress? Try it! These flared Madewell jeans are so retro and we’re totally here for it. Plus, a neutral colored pair of flats are all you need to successfully execute the look. This unique outfit is worthy of all your friends’ compliments, and might inspire them to try it next.

4. The Classic Look

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This effortless style is a winner. Grab an oversized denim jacket to wear with your favorite dress. Jeans jackets are totally timeless and will spruce up any outfit. A pair of chestnut espadrille wedges will give you the elevated look you’re looking for.

5. The Cozy Option

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On days when it’s not quite warm enough to wear a sleeveless dress, try wearing a neutral sweater over top! You can knot it in the front or the side, and get the same look as a flowy skirt. This Madewell knit sweater matches perfectly with a timeless pair of leather sandals. This is your new easy summer look. 

Who knew one dress could be THIS versatile? What’s your favorite way to wear it? Tell us in the comments below.