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Cap Sleeve Dresses You Can Wear Year Round

Kelly TomilsonKelly Tomlinson is the writer and photographer behind Texas Type A Mom. She lives in Austin with her husband of 13 years, two precocious daughters, and English Bulldog, Dude. When she’s not working (and even when she is), Kelly’s wearing her Karina Audrey while baking sweet treats, on beach vacations, and watching football. You can find her on Twitter, and Pinterest.


Living in an eccentric and vibrant city like Austin has its fair share of perks.  From food and shopping to people and fashion.

Karina Dresses Marisa in Purple PoppyThere are very few others places in the country where no matter where you go, even at a upscale event, someone is bound to be wearing flip flops. While I love wearing flip flops, sometimes it just doesn’t work with a particular outfit, like weddings.  So the downside of living in a place like Austin is that you can be overdressed for an event.

With that in mind, I try to find pieces that can be dressed up and down and can be worn to any kind of event from casual to more formal and upscale. It’s Austin casual and I love it! One of the big hurdles we have to consider is the weather.

Living in a warmer climate, means one of the perks of enduring the triple digit heat in summer is that we don’t have a typical winter.  It gets cold for sure and some years it’s worse than others, but overall it’s pretty mild and even in December having days with temps in the 70s and 80s isn’t that unusual.

For a warmer weather outfit like a wedding or even church, there’s still a fine line to walk with fashion.  With a little planning you can wear a dress year round.

3 Tips for Selecting Dresses You Can Wear Year Round

  1. 3/4 sleeve dresses are super cute and much warmer in the cold months, but aren’t really appropriate in the middle of summer.  Instead choose cap sleeve dresses, or even a sleeveless dress and pair it with a cardigan.
  2. Pay attention to the length of your dress.  Maxi dresses scream summer, but a knee length dress can be worn year round.  You can pair it with some wedges or sandals in summer or boots in winter.
  3. Select a pattern on a darker background.  If your goal is to wear your dress in multiple seasons,  selecting a pastel really isn’t going to work.  The right floral print like the Marisa in Purple Poppy can be worn at any time of year and really take on a unique look in each season with varying accessories.

What tips do you have for selecting dresses you can wear year round?


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