How To Style Dresses For Warmth In Winter

How to style dresses for warmth this winter

Winter can be a tricky time to wear dresses, but with the proper styling they can be a go-to option for many different occasions. The good news? Whether you're attending a winter wedding, a dressed-up dinner, or just want to look chic for the office, there are plenty of ways to make dresses work hard in the colder months.

Keep reading for everything you need to know about wearing dresses in winter.

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When shopping for winter dresses, look for versatile styles that can be dressed up or down. A classic wrap dress is always a good option for everything from work to event dressing. A long sleeve knit dress is another great investment piece – not only does it have warmth built-in thanks to the fabric, it can easily be styled dozens of different ways. A top tip: look for classic dresses with interesting (but still refined) details, such as ruching, statement sleeves or an eye-catching neckline to add a little personality to your winter wardrobe.

Consider the fabric

One of the most important factors to consider with winter dresses is fabrication. Look for materials that will provide warmth, like wool, cashmere blends or heavier-weight cottons. (If in doubt, knit dresses are an easy option for the cooler months – they're always cosy and comfy.) It’s not only about providing insulation from the weather, lightweight fabrics can look out of place layered up with knits, outerwear and winter shoes

How to Style Dresses for Warmth in Winter

Layer up for warmth

When temps drop, layering becomes essential. A jacket, blazer or coat will not only keep you warm but also add an extra element to your outfit. When it’s really chilly, you might like to layer a sweater or turtleneck underneath your dress too. Play with different textures and colours to create a cohesive, considered look.

Choose appropriate footwear

Boots are a clear choice for winter footwear when wearing dresses – a classic black ankle boot is a versatile option that can be worn with almost any style. If you do opt for boots with a higher shaft, ensure there isn’t a gap between the hem of your dress and the top of your boot by layering tights or socks. This helps keep the cold air out, but also adds polish. Also weather-appropriate? Over-the-knee boots, pointed flats or sneakers.

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