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How to Wear Dresses in Winter

Winter and Dresses: How to Mix the Two

Spring and summer are primarily the easiest seasons to incorporate dresses into your regular wardrobe rotation, but that doesn’t mean that you have to tuck them away once the days get cold. There are plenty of ways to make your women's dresses work for you in the fall and winter as well. So how do you take your favorite lightweight, flowy dresses and make them winter friendly? Take a look at some of our top tips on how to mix winter and dresses to work to your advantage!

Pay Attention to Fabric

One thing that you will want to be mindful of is the fabric of your dresses. Keep an eye out for dresses made of high-quality cotton or wool. Something with an extra lining on the inside, perhaps down or made with fleece, is sure to keep you warm during the colder months. If you have a dress that you love but that isn’t made with one of these materials, not a problem! Throw on a pair of lined tights and a good coat and you’ll be good to go.


Intentionally accessorize your dresses to help them work for you on colder days. Keep a good variety of tights on hand. Wrap a scarf around your neck for an added measure of warmth. The right kind of hat can be the perfect accent piece to top off your dress ensemble. Top it off by keeping a pair of gloves in your purse or coat pockets and you have the perfect cold-weather accessories to complement your dress!

Layer, Layer, Layer

Layering is key to incorporating dresses into your winter wardrobe. So what are the best ways to use other articles of clothing to not only stay warm but to look good and put together?

Layer Under

Start by considering what you can layer underneath your dress to help you stay warm. Are there some tights, or perhaps lined leggings, that would complement your dress? Perhaps there’s some women's long sleeve tops or some turtlenecks you can wear underneath the dress that would complement it well. Layering items underneath a dress isn’t as common as it is to layer items over it, and it’s possible that you’ll find some outfit combinations that you would never have thought of otherwise!

Layer Over

Looking for ways to layer items over your dress? A chunky knit women's sweater could be the perfect item to wear over your dress, or perhaps an open, flowing women's cardigan sweater would complement it well. Whether you’re going with items that provide a pop of color or that are neutral and blend well with other items, you can never go wrong with layering over your dress to complete your look.

Footwear Matters

It’s always a good idea to be intentional about which footwear you decide to wear with your dresses, but this is especially important during winter. Women's Boots are always a good way to go! Whether you’re going with a pair of tall boots or some versatile ankle booties, this is always a good way to go when the days start to get colder. Not wanting to pull out your boots? Whether you’re going for heels or flats, find something with closed toes to help you stay as warm as possible.

Use Winter Colors

Looking for a launching pad for how to wear dresses during winter? Consider different ways that you can incorporate winter colors into your ensembles to make them work for you! Varying shades of red, blue, and green are always a good way to go. It’s easy to take a neutral colored dress and throw on a cardigan in a trending winter color to help it fit the season. Take some time to consider which winter colors you feel most comfortable in and get a few pieces in those hues that you can easily pair with your favorite dresses.

Smart Outerwear

One crucial key to ensuring you stay warm and comfortable in your dresses during the winter is to have the right kind of women's winter coats. Find coats that are both flattering and functional, that will accent your outfits but also keep you warm in the winter chill. Whether you’re going for a simple lined coat or a knee-length puffer, there are plenty of outerwear options to choose from that can accent your dress ensembles well.

So as the days continue to get colder and you start considering which items you need in your wardrobe, don’t fall for the misconception that dresses are out of the question! There are plenty of ways to make dresses work for you during the winter. Take some time and consider how you can style your favorite dresses so they can be worn all year long.

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