The 18 Best Winter Dresses to Stay Warm and Stylish In

They'll bat away your winter blues.

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The thought of wearing anything other than jeans (opens in new tab) or fleece-lined leggings (opens in new tab) between December and March is painful. But before you limit yourself to just a couple of default winter weather outfits, (opens in new tab) take note: the best winter dresses are worthy of your attention. We're talking about the thick-knit, long sleeve kind, full-coverage styles, often featuring a high neckline for extra warmth.

Luckily, there's no shortage of cute winter dresses for the cold season—this season, tons of ribbed, printed, faux-wrap, and velvet skin-covering styles abound. Also, easy-to-layer leather options that effortlessly transition from fall or to spring. Our favorites range from wedding and work-appropriate florals to casually cozy for WFH, weekends, and getaways. We've even included a couple of trendy cut-out designs when you're willing to bare just a hint of skin. (And if you're looking for affordable options that will be at your door quickly, consult our guide to the best winter dresses on Amazon.)

Laura Lajiness Kaupke
Laura Lajiness Kaupke

Laura Lajiness Kaupke (opens in new tab) is a freelance writer and editor covering fashion, accessories, fine jewelry, and lifestyle topics, including beauty, home, fitness, and travel. You can see her work across various outlets, including VOGUE, Harper’s BAZAAR, ELLE, Glamour, Town&Country, InStyle, Esquire, Women’s Health, Brides, Refinery 29, Coveteur, The Zoe Report, Popsugar, Byrdie, WWD, Footwear News, Well+Good, The Editorialist, among other titles and brands. Laura has worked in the fashion industry for over 11 years and held senior fashion editor positions at Popsugar and The Zoe Report, with additional experience as a copywriter and fashion publicist.