Spring break might be around the corner, but sunny summer days are still (sadly) a long way off, meaning all those ultra-cozy duds aren’t going anywhere. Don’t surrender your sense of style just yet. It’s easy to go into pants-only mode when the temperature takes a dip and banish dresses to the back of the closet, at least until spring. But outfit fatigue and the occasional above-freezing day make switching it up essential and donning a dress a whole lot more appealing. Long sleeves and a trusty pair of tights mean you’ll be plenty toasty, while interchangeable accessories and outerwear provide endless sartorial potential. Below you’ll find three easy ways to style a warm A-line frock, no matter what’s on the agenda.
How to Wear a Winter Dress for Work
Balance out the understated nature of a basic dress with a range of textures and subtle pops of color. A coat in soft and smooth suede is ideal when you need a break from bulky parkas and your go-to wool coat. Brilliantly blue booties slip on easily over tights and can’t-see-me socks, keeping feet covered, with strappy detailing adding visual intrigue to your look. Streamline the ensemble with a sleek rose gold backpack and cuff, plus a minimalist timepiece that will keep you on top of your professional game.
Madewell Concept Dress ($110) + Mango Suede Coat ($250), Free People Hybrid Heel Boot ($198), Shaffer Natalie Backpack ($275), Cities in Dust Bronze Ball and Bar Cuff ($165), AARK Collective Classic Watch ($109), Illesteva Michela Glasses ($165), Hourglass Ambient Lighting Blush ($35)
How to Wear a Winter Dress for a Night Out
Instead of trying to make your warm-weather essentials work overtime, tap into your right-now wardrobe for a winter night out. Look to sheer, shimmery tights and glittering baubles to make your wintry A-line feel party-worthy, and add a pair of chunky lace-up booties that won’t keep you sidelined all night long. Finish the look with a boxy bag and knotted belt that will make the dress pop.
Madewell Concept Dress ($110) + H&M Biker Jacket With Pile Collar ($60), Dorothee Schumacher Knotted Belt Buckle ($169), Jeffrey Campbell Cors Boots ($165), J.Crew Crystal Chandelier Earrings ($78), Forever21 Faux Leather Crossbody ($25), Nu Evolution Lipstick ($30)
How to Wear a Winter Dress for the Weekend
Indulge your dress’s ultra cozy vibe (’cause it’s cold) by pairing it with equally comfy weekend staples for a look that will take you from coffee to a casual dinner at your local hangout. Bundle up in a ribbed knit cardigan and oversized scarf to keep the warmth factor on lock, then bring in dressed-up accessories like fringe-flecked boots, a dazzling brooch and bright leather saddle bag, to round out the outfit.
Madewell Concept Dress ($110) + Topshop Cocoon Rib Cardigan ($85), Urban Outfitters Femme Plaid Scarf ($34), ASOS Evette Suede Ankle Boots ($95), N’Damus Saddle Bag ($121), Poketo Swimming Pools Notebook ($16), NARS Single Eye Shadow in Tropic ($25), ASOS 70s Jewelled Brooch ($21)
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