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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 during the months of December, January, February, and March is painful, I know. But before you limit themselves to just two garments, I'm making the case for wearing dresses this winter: thick knits and long sleeves and turtlenecks that will keep you warm—and looking presentable. Luckily, there's no shortage of cute dresses for the cold season. I even found the coziest hoodie dress. Is it snowing yet?

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For the Print Lover
Flair Flora Crepe Midi Dress
Kate Spade katespade.com
$398.00

I mentally added this dress to my wish list as soon as I saw it on the runway last season, and now it's finally here. (By the way, here are all the fall trends to know.) A few standout details to note about the dress: It has a plunging scoop neckline, the floral pattern looks like leopard spots from afar (genius), and the length is great for wearing with knee-high leather boots or ankle booties. 

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For the Paris-Obsessed
Robe Gabin
Rouje rouje.com
€180.00

Rouje is the French brand that gives everyone those Parisian-girl vibes. All the pieces in the label are effortless and easy to wear, starting with one of its classic dresses. This long-sleeve number comes in a few different prints and can be worn over tights or under a cozy sweater. Top off with a beret for true French-girl energy.

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For the Minidress Lover
Knotted Checked Cotton-Blend Poplin Dress
Chloé net-a-porter.com
$2,450.00

The secret to pulling off a minidress like this when it's one degree out is wearing fleece-lined tights or leggings. To bundle up even more, wear a turtleneck top underneath and cover up with a long fuzzy cardigan. Just make sure to show off the asymmetric knot detail on the left side.

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For Holiday Parties
Rose Dress
Rixo shopbop.com
$339.50

It's much harder to find wedding guest dresses for fall/winter (it's too cold to show skin!) than 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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For the Couch Potato
Tna Venta Dress
Aritzia aritzia.com
$43.99

The I'm-not-leaving-the-couch-today hoodie dress everyone needs. Wear with knee-high wool socks like these so you feel toasty from head to toe. If you absolutely must step foot outside (groceries are running low), throw on a long puffer coat to cover up.

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For the PSL Addict
Resistance Spliced Dress
Zimmermann shopbop.com
$1,600.00

Here are the colors of a PSL in dress form. The muted brown and nude tones provide the perfect autumn backdrop for florals and stripes. Since the dress is a turtleneck style and has long sleeves/hemline, it'll shield most of your skin from the cold.

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For a True Fashion Icon
Draped Two-Tone Belted Silk-Satin Dress
Bottega Veneta matchesfashion.com
$3,580.00

The fashion world is in love with Bottega Veneta right now, so be one of the firsts to wear this two-toned satin dress. The piece has a classic wrap style with sculptural elements on the sleeves and neckline. It'll look great paired with knee-high leather riding boots and a beige trench coat.

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For When You're In a Hurry
Faux Leather Dress
Zara zara.com
$69.90

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 cognac-colored option from Zara is perfect for layering with tights, boots, or sweaters. Leave a few buttons undone at the bottom to wear with jeans if you're feeling extra stylish.

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For Black Tie Events
One-Shoulder Lace Bust Gown
BCBGMAXAZRIA revolve.com
$298.00

This is a black gown that doesn't play it safe at your most formal events. The peek of lace and thigh-high slit provide more than enough drama for the night. Keep it classy with barely-there heels, though if you want to up the flair, a bold red shoe would look stunning.

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For the Trendsetter
Belted Organic Silk Midi Dress
BITE Studios net-a-porter.com
$835.00

This dress might look shapeless, but don't doubt the power of the built-in belt. Once cinched, the dress highlights your figure. The soft autumn tones are inspired by the watercolors of Irene Monat Stern. Another plus: BITE Studios just joined Net-a-Porter's Vanguard program, so it's an up-and-coming brand to have in your closet. You know, before everyone else discovers it.  

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For Cozy Vibes
Ribbed Long Dress
Mango mango.com
$39.99

Introducing the winter counterpart to your favorite ribbed bodysuit: this ribbed midi dress. The piece comes in two easy-to-wear colors, perfect for even the most conservative of offices. Pair with a blazer, tights, and slouchy black boots for a stylish work ensemble.

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For Logo Mania Fans
Jacquard-Knit Midi Dress
Fendi net-a-porter.com
$1,290.00

Embrace the Fendi logo mania in this jacquard-knitted dress. The entire piece is covered in the label's signature Zucca monogram, first introduced by Karl Lagerfeld (RIP) in 1965. Wear with thick black tights and boots for extra warmth.

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For the Gal Who Always Wears Black
Ivana
Dress the Population dressthepopulation.com
$72.00

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. 

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For the Boho Gal
Calico Skies Midi Dress
freepeople.com
$168.00

Keep the summer spirit alive in your winter wardrobe by slipping into this floral dress. The darker reds fit perfectly with the moodiness of the season, but the print is still fun. Let this dress transport you to a different place (the flower fields of a distant country perhaps?).

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