What Can I Wear Over My Dress If It's Cold?

Try these 5 ideas for keeping warm in your party frock this winter.

It seems simple, but sometimes knowing what you can wear over a dress when it's cold is a bit tricky. Wearing a coat or jacket to a dressy or formal event doesn't always feel appropriate, and not all dress silhouettes look great under all types of outerwear.

Below, we answer, "What can I wear over my dress if it's cold?" with five easy options that will look great all winter long.

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A Belted Robe Coat

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A longer coat with a belted waist is great for dressier and a-line cuts because it will go along with the shape of the dress. This is a great option for winter parties and even the office.

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A Cocoon Coat

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For mini dresses, a cocoon coat is a very stylish way to make your outfit look totally streamlined. Whether you go bare-leg or with tights, a cocoon coat has a mod, slightly-retro fit that will flatter and add a pop of color.

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A (Faux) Fur Stole or Fur Coat

For a formal affair or wedding, a fur stole or wrap is the most glamorous cover-up you could choose. Try searching on Etsy or your local vintage shop for a vintage piece. Or, if the occasion is cocktail or more of a party atmosphere, a faux fur coat will do the trick nicely.

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A Cape-Style Coat

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Why not go trendy and give the modern cape coat a try? A variation on outerwear worn in virtually every era, the modern cape buttons like a coat but leaves plenty of room to move. This style looks especially fun when worn over a mini dress and tights.

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A Classic Topcoat

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If you're looking for a coat that you can wear over a dress—and anything else—a menswear-inspired classic topcoat is the way to go. A double-breasted style will shield you from chilly winter winds, but there are many different options if you go this route.

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