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So you want to wear a dress, but you also don’t want to fall victim to the UK’s changeable weather? No problem. Liberty shows you exactly what to wear over dresses this summer.
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How to Dress for Indecisive Weather

So you want to wear a dress, but you also don’t want to fall victim to the UK’s changeable weather? No problem. Liberty shows you exactly what to wear over dresses this summer.
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By: Maddi John

How to Dress for Indecisive Weather
The Summer Store

How to Dress for Indecisive Weather

So you want to wear a dress, but you also want to outwit the UK’s changeable weather. Liberty shows you exactly what to wear over dresses this summer.

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By: Maddi John

Finally! Some much-needed sun. To most this means it's time to pull our summer dresses out of hibernation and find the nearest pub garden, but let’s not get ahead of ourselves. A UK summer isn’t quite as reliable to a week in the Caribbean, so while dresses may be the sartorial order of the day, our changeable weather calls for one thing: layers. Which ones? How many? We've got you, this is the Liberty guide on what to wear over dresses this summer.

Light Linen

A linen or light cotton shirt is an essential element to any summer wardrobe. Smart yet casual, versatile and breathable, there’s a certain ease to layering a shirt over a dress. Opt for an oversize silhouette like Sleeper’s Rumba Linen Lounge Shirt left unbuttoned, or tie the front up at your waist to add some structure to looser, longer dresses.

Cosy Cardigans

Cardigans make for perfect cover-ups on brisker days. Far more modern than the cardigans your grandmother adored, the latest raft comes complete with cute, colourful patterns and soft knitted fabrics. Wearing something simple or monochromatic? Add a bright bold cardigan on top, like Stine Goya’s Ash Check Cardigan, which provides a summery pop of colour and playful pattern. Or if you’re looking for more of a neutral staple to suit any of your summer dresses, try Eskandar’s Oversized Linen Cardigan.

Quilted Jackets

Ah, the quilted jacket. The perfect middle ground between coat and jacket, it offers just the right amount of warmth to ward off an unexpected breeze. For a casual daytime look, you can’t go wrong with the Barbour x Alexa Chung Myrtle Quilted Jacket, a lightweight contemporary jacket that’ll leave you neither too cold nor too hot.

Classic Denim

Suitable for both day to night, the denim jacket is inherently versatile and this season’s iterations come both cropped and oversized: it’s up to you. Style over a summer mini dress with white trainers for daytime comfort, or give a more elegant dress a little edge but layering denim on top. Wood Wood’s Carrie Denim Jacket is an all-round winner.

Timeless Trench Coats

Last but certainly not least - the beloved trench coat. A timeless staple in your wardrobe and perfect for transitional weather as a light layer when the weather gets worrisome. With waterproof and breathable fabric, the trench is a lifetime investment and a forever favourite if you love a neutral. Opt for the Barbour Camilla Waterproof Trench Coat over your dress with a pair of your favourite chunky boots or flats.

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