Styling Up (Super Affordable Primark) Summer Dresses When There’s Still A Chill In The Air

When it finally seems like summer may be on its way, Mother Nature plays a cruel game with us and sends a flurry of snow or rain to dampen our spirits. This time of year I know I’m usually well into my springtime wardrobe and enjoying freeing my bare legs to the elements, but this time around it seems more likely to be wrapped up warm with a cup of tea than sat outside a pub garden enjoying the warmer weather. Alas, I still have a wardrobe full of summery looks and lighter fabrics that are just crying out to be worn – so what’s a girl to do when there’s still a nip in the air but you’re dying to dig into new season fashion? You layer up and do it anyway.

The high street has been brimming over with new season fashion pretty much since Big Ben rang in a new year, and it’s painful to walk into a shop and see very little you can actually wear outside of flying away on holiday. But there are a couple of things you can do to get the most out of your preemptively bought wardrobe, without feeling like a bit of a wally walking down the street in a tropical print maxi and sandals. (Yep, did that in the name of blog content a few weeks ago; see it here!) You don’t need to spend a fortune, just have a rummage through your closet and pick out items you already have to match with that dress you’re dying to wear. I found this cute blue number in Primark and it was hanging there tormenting me for a good few weeks until I bit the bullet and styled it up; so if you’re itching to pop on a new season dress but are equally as worried you’ll be exposing yourself too soon, scroll on down for my (not exactly rocket science) tips. You’re welcome.


Flashing too much flesh too quickly can leave you feeling chilly, exposed and like you want to change back into a jumper – so layer up your favourite spring dresses with plain tees (or even lightweight fitted jumpers) to keep you warm and to ensure the look still feels seasonal. As long as it’s not raining outside a tee can help keep you feeling warm and the dress not looking beach-worthy.


Sometimes you don’t want to wear a leather jacket, and a heavy winter coat is just too much; that’s where a classic camel coloured trench comes in super handy. It’s lightweight and neutral enough to work with any summer outfit, while keeping you warm and covered enough when the sun goes in. They’re such great tran-seasonal staples that are a worthwhile investment; check out how I styled my trench with a gingham summer dress last year here


Fed up of boots, trainers and everything in-between? Not quite ready to expose the toes? Closed-toe sandals are ideal – and espadrilles are just what you need this time of year. The texture of the sole keep it looking and feeling light, while the material encloses your tootsies so you’ve got enough time to acclimatize (and get a pedi.) They don’t look too summery, plus they go just as well with jeans and a tee. 


Don’t forget to keep your accessories light, rather than picking up the same black bag you’ve been using all winter long. Lighter, nude or pastel tones work beautifully with the texture and pattern of most summer dresses, and styles like this six quid round number from Primark are perfectly on-trend too.  

This look is pretty much entirely from Primark and brings together everything I love about spring. Lightweight textures, pastel shades, delicate layering, subtle accessories and espadrilles to keep my tootsies warm but tran-seasonal. And even better? It came in at under thirty quid, excluding the trench.

Are you dying to get stuck into your new season wardrobe as much as me?

Primark Cotton Summer Dress | £13.00 | LINK

Primark Monochrome Espadrilles | £8.00 | LINK

Primark Blush Pink Circle Bag | £6.00 | LINK

Oasis White Tee | £25.00 | LINK (but get a Primark one for £2.00!)

Marks & Spencer Trench Coat | £45.00 | LINK


Photos Taken By Kaye Ford:


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  1. Candice Petersen
    April 5, 2018 / 1:26 pm

    That's such a cute dress!Candice |

    • Hayley Hall
      April 5, 2018 / 2:54 pm

      Thanks Candice! And a real bargain too!

  2. Rachael Styles
    April 23, 2018 / 4:18 pm

    Oh I bought this dress too! I managed to wear it over the weekend without anything underneath, but that's not a luxury I'll have very often, it looks so nice with a t-shirt underneath it- I'll definitely be paring it that way so I can wear it some more!Helpless Whilst Drying

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