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14 Winter Dresses That Actually Make the Cold Bearable

They'll bat away your winter blues.

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The thought of wearing anything other than jeans or fleece-lined leggings anytime between December through March is painful. But before you limit yourself to just two garments, I'm making the case for wearing dresses this winter. It's all about, thick knits, long sleeves and turtlenecks that will keep you warm—and looking presentable straight through to spring. Luckily, there are no shortages on cute dresses for the cold season. From winter florals to edgy lace, ahead are 14 dresses that will give you all the winter feels. Someone pass the hot chocolate!

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Pretty in Paisley
Paisley Print Dress
ZARA zara.com

Pay homage to the 70s in this silky paisley dress. Lean into the era by pairing this number with some platform boots and a shag coat. 

Keep It Classic
Emmalynn Rib Knit Midi Dress
A.L.C. intermixonline.com

Introducing the winter counterpart to your favorite ribbed bodysuit: this ribbed midi dress. The piece is perfect for even the most conservative of offices. Pair with a blazer, tights, and tan suede boots for a stylish work ensemble.

An LBD With An Edge
Staud staud.clothing

This mod little mini is an LBD with an edge. The leather detail toughens up an otherwise classic piece. Enhance the cool details by styling the dress with tights, lug sole combat boots, and a leather coat. If you're feeling chilly, add a turtleneck underneath. 

Give Them The Cold Shoulder
Off The Shoulder Knitted Dress by Bevza in Grey
Bevza thefrankieshop.com

If you're tired of the same old knit midi dresses this Bevza piece is a great option. The off the shoulder neckline and slit sleeves are a cool touch while the neutral color keeps things classic. Pair this with some knee high black boots and a thick chain necklace.  

For The Print Lover
Leopard-print cotton minidress
GANNI farfetch.com

In my opinion leopard print is a neutral so this dress is a must have in your wardrobe. This spicy number can easily transition from day to night depending on how you style it. 

For When You're In A Hurry
Faux-Leather Shirt Dress
MANGO mango.com

A leather dress is the one piece in your closet that helps you look pulled together even if you only have five minutes to get ready. This buttery soft shirt dress from Mango is perfect for layering with tights, boots, or sweaters. Leave a some buttons undone at the bottom to wear with jeans if you're feeling extra stylish.

An Embellished Mini
The Paris Dress
The Marc Jacobs 24s.com

This velvet embellished mini dress screams winter time. The secret to pulling off a minidress like this when it's one degree out is wearing fleece-lined tights or leggings. Offset the sweetness of the dress and bundle up even more with a turtleneck underneath, a warm leather leather coat, and some edgy lug sole boots. 

The Winter Floral
Floral Print Dress
MSGM farfetch.com

Keep the summer spirit alive in your winter wardrobe by slipping into this floral dress. The darker hues fit perfectly with the moodiness of the season, but the print is still fun. 

Brave The Elements
X REVOLVE Sweater Midi Dress
Callahan revolve.com

Any dress with long sleeves is winter approved. Since you don't want to bare your legs to the frigid air in the middle of January, layer tights underneath or rock a pair of thigh-high boots. Either options will protect your skin against the harsh winter elements. 

Shine in The Winter Time
Metallic Strech Midi Dress
Rotate Birger Christensen mytheresa.com

The one good thing about winter time is the excuse to rock anything sparkly or shiny. This lurex midi dress paired with a pump is perfect for any upcoming holiday parties. But, you can also dress this down for day time with some boots and a blazer. 

Lady In Lace
Lace-trimmed Dress
H&M hm.com

We have been seeing a lot of cottage core inspired prairie dresses which are stylish but certainly not sexy. This Lace-trimmed dress gives me cottage core with the puff sleeves but the see through elements makes it a bit more sexy. 

Your New Go To
Universe Dress
Georgia Alice fwrd.com

This satin midi dress will be your go to all winter long, the versatility justifies the hefty price tag. For a nighttime look pair it with some pumps and statement earrings. Make your look more daytime appropriate by adding a turtleneck bodysuit underneath, a blazer, and some suede boots. 

For Black Tie Events
Cut-Out Sequined Gown
David Koma mytheresa.com

This is a black gown that doesn't play it safe at your most formal events. The head to toe sparkle with a sexy low back provide more than enough drama for the night. Keep it classy with barely-there sandals and a slicked back pony. 

For Holiday Parties
Rose Dress
Rixo shopbop.com

It's much harder to find wedding guest dresses for fall/winter (it's too cold to show skin!) than it is for spring/summer, but this one hits the mark for the colder seasons. The gold leaf print and plunging neckline give the dress fancy vibes, so you can wear it to any winter wedding or holiday office party.

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