How to Wear a Dress in Winter and Stay Warm

12 Stylish Ways to Wear a Dress This Winter

Woman wearing a dress with a winter coat and tights

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Just because it's winter, you don't have to stash away your favorite frocks. Whether you prefer the easiness of wearing dresses, don't like to wear pants, have a wedding to go to, or you'd just like to try something new this winter, we're here to tell you that you absolutely can wear dresses all year round, even when it's snowing out—as long as you know how to layer and accessorize them smartly.

We've rounded up the best styling tricks from fashion bloggers to explode your seasonal dressing game. In fact, once you learn how to wear a dress in winter, you will be amazed by all the options.

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How to Wear a Gown in Winter

Woman Wearing a Gown With a Leather Moto Jacket

Image from City Tonic

Weddings happen, including during the colder months. If you are planning to be a wedding guest this winter (or even a member of the wedding party), or are attending another fancy party which calls for a gown, you may need to plan for staying warm between the car and the venue. We like this fashion blogger's solution, of layering a chic moto style leather jacket over her long dress and closed-toe shoes outfit.

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Head to Toe Color

Woman Wearing Head to Toe Color in Burgundy Dress Hat Coat and Boots

Image from Color Me Courtney

Have you got a cute dress that you would prefer not to say goodbye to after summer is over? Steal this fashion influencer trick for how to wear a dress in winter, to look cute and stay warm. Style a head-to-toe outfit by adding winterizing accessories that match the hue of your frock, such as the cute hat, cozy jacket, and stylish boots pictured here.

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Faux Get It

Woman wearing plaid dress and faux fur coat and black boots for winter style

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A plaid sweater dress is trendy and wearable for winter. If you live in a colder climate, though, it may not be enough to keep you warm on its own. Style it for even the coldest days by wearing cozy black tights, and a thick faux fur coat over top. You can also belt your dress, as pictured, to create shape when wearing multiple layers.

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Add a Cardigan and Tights

Woman in striped dress blue cardigan and tights

Image from Jules in Flats

A classic striped dress can be worn all year round, with the right layering strategy. Here, this fashion blogger adds black tights and a baby blue cardigan, to create warmth and a cool color scheme that feels right in winter. Add a statement necklace to draw attention to your face, and balance your figure in this look. You can wear this cute winter outfit with easy flats, as shown, but platform heels would look great, too.

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Layer Under and Over

Woman wearing a long dress with a turtleneck and denim jacket

Image from Where Did U Get That

The secret to wearing a dress in winter—especially if your climate is really cold—is layering, layering, and more layering. This fashion blogger has a genius approach you can copy to create a head-turning outfit, and wear a pretty silk dress in the colder months. Just layer it over a slim turtleneck sweater and skinny jeans, then add a denim jacket on top.

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Blanket Scarf and Dress in Winter

Woman wearing a sweater dress and blanket scarf and red shoes

Image from Law of Fashion Blog

Did you buy a cute sweater dress to wear this winter? Follow this fashion blogger's lead and add a big blanket scarf for colder days, to keep the wind off your neck and shoulders. This outfit was created for Las Vegas in the winter, which is fairly temperature, but even if you live in a freezing wasteland of snow, you can still copy it. Just add a short wool coat and tights, and swap the shoes for boots.

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Wear a Lace Dress in Winter

Woman Wearing a Lace Dress With a Winter Coat

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Lace dresses are fancy enough to wear to dressy events, but their openwork fabric means you'll feel every cool breeze, if you don't cover up. This blogger smartly solves that problem, by layering on a wool shawl coat in classic camel, which looks beautiful paired with a mustard bag and cognac riding boots. Adding a pretty necklace or two, is a great way to add even more visual interest to this cute outfit.

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Dark Floral Velvet Dress

Woman Wearing a Dark Floral Velvet Dress and Black Tights

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Dark floral prints are popular now, with so many options available from designers. We like how this fashion blogger has styled hers, with black over the knee boots and opaque tights. You could easily wear this outfit to so many different places, from the office with a black blazer layered over top, to cocktails with girlfriends, and dinners out with your sweetie.

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Belt Your Trench Coat

Woman wearing a white trench coat and blue dress with leopard print shoes

Image from Lace and Locks

Even if you live in a climate that doesn't freeze over in winter, you can still get cooler days and evenings. A classic trench coat, which can be layered easily over all your outfits to add style and warmth, is always a smart investment. Here, the open neckline of this fashion blogger's short white trench coat offers a sneak peek at her fabulous necklace, and the jewel tone shade (so winter-appropriate) of her dress.

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White Faux Fur Coat and Party Dress

Woman Wearing a White Faux Fur Coat and Party Dress

Image from Pretty in the Pines 

Velvet party dresses are perfect for winter celebrations. Wear one this winter without freezing your tush off, by adding a cozy coat on top. We are big fans of this coat trimmed in white fur, which looks glamorous enough to wear to any dressy occasion. You can dare to wear bare legs if you're just running from the car to the event, but black fishnets or solid tights are also an option, and will look good with nude high heels.

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Checked Coat and Tall Boots

Woman Wearing Sweater Dress and Checked Coat and Tall Boots

Image from Just a Tina Bit 

Wearing your favorite long-sleeved sweater dress to work just got easier, with inspiration from this fashion blogger. Tall black boots and a polished windowpane check coat in classic black and white make this fashion staple look office-appropriate, as does a high quality leather tote.

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Style a Summer Dress for Winter

Woman wearing a printed dress and blazer with tall boots

Image from Naina Singla

Do you love your summer dresses, and wish you could wear them all year round? If you live in a temperature climate, you absolutely can. Just add layers and accessories in seasonally appropriate colors and fabrics, such as the olive green jacket, wine colored tights, cognac leather boots, heavy chain necklace, and purse with heavy gold hardware pictured here.