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Cozy, long-sleeved, and layerable—there are many elements winter dresses can and should have. They may not be the first category you think to flesh out for winter, but they always end up being an unsung hero. Both less restrictive and more put-together than a pair of jeans, dresses make for an easy winter outfit over tights (or pants!) and under a coat.
In particular, cold-weather dresses play well with boots (ankle to tall), textures and fabrics that skew a bit heavier, and can easily be dressed up or kept casual. There are the knit dresses (because what’s better than wearing a giant, full-body sweater), the long-sleeved shirt-dresses, and the off-the-shoulder stunners (yes, even in winter). But, simultaneously, just because a dress is short or sleeveless doesn’t mean it can’t come out to play in the winter months. Remember, turtlenecks and tights are your friends and can easily make just about any dress seasonally appropriate.
So, don’t sleep on dresses over the next couple of months. Instead, get creative with the options ahead. Even if we’re staying home for the foreseeable future, we all need an excuse to dress up these days.
The Line By K Malcolm Belted Cutout Ribbed-Knit Turtleneck Midi Dress
Midi dress, but make it sexy.
Nanushka Pink Satin Kinsley Dress
The pink, satin stunner you never knew you needed.
Norma Kamali Sweetheart-Neckline Floral-Print Jersey Dress
This flirty, daisy-printed dress hits in all the right places.
Baum Und Pferdgarten Jocelina Checked Midi Dress
With a sheer dress, the layering possibilities are endless. Cardigan on top? Printed tights underneath?
Eliza Faulkner Luella Sweater Dress
Looks like a dress, feels like a sweatshirt. Dream. Come. True.
Tuesday of California TV Static Diner Dress
Basically made for layering over a long-sleeve striped tee.
Wray Daria Dress
You haven’t seen zebra quite like this.
Nettle Super Wide Dress
Meet your new Zoom uniform.
Almost There Marilyn Mini Dress
A dress that literally looks good on everyone.
Vincetta Column Dress
Simple, but never boring.
Mara Hoffman Extended Aranza Dress
Smocking can be elegant.
Hanifa Miya Knit Cardigan Dress
It’ll basically feel like wearing your throw blanket—but 100x chicer.
Nikki Chasin Richter Dress
Will we ever not love a puff sleeve?
Fe Noel Black Essential Casual Gown
Gown—but make it casual.
Loud Bodies Rosalind Dress
We’re here for an oversized bow at the back.
Cult Gaia Antonella Knit Dress
It doesn’t get more effortless than this.
Simon Miller Stretch Mies Dress
Stretchy is always a win in our book.
Beaufille Kubin Jacquard-Knit Dress
The winter way to show a little skin.
Wynn Hamlyn Cross Over Ribbed Knit Dress
That neckline, though.