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.

Here are 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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