How to Wear Dresses in the Winter Without Sacrificing Warmth
With the proper layering tactics, of course.
Extreme temperatures have a knack for relegating many of us to style uniforms. In order to brave New York City’s coldest days, I often forgo capital “F” fashion and gravitate toward the chunkiest knitwear I can find. That said, it is possible to circulate the more fanciful items in your wardrobe and still maintain warmth—if worn correctly. This week, we’re talking about dresses, honing in on the way stylish women don the feminine staple in the winter. The results all stem from the same foundation: layers. Whether they are in the form of slouchy knitwear or slinky turtlenecks, here are three outfit equations to keep your dresses in rotation all winter long.
Crochet Maxi + Slouchy Cardigan + Socks
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When in doubt, pile on the knits. Bárbara Santiago shows us that crochet can, in fact, be worn throughout the colder months, if styled correctly. She’s opted for a neutral cardigan, lug-sole loafers, and a pop of color in the form of cherry red socks.
Floral Midi + Leather Trench + Turtleneck
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Breath new life into that summery floral dress by mixing it with a leather trench and heavier booties. A bright turtleneck serves as the meeting point between these seasonally polarized essentials.
Prairie Dress + Sweater Vest + Tights
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To carry your favorite prairie dress into the colder months, add a sweater vest or knit bib—the perfect complement to the overall kitschy feel. Tights and all-weather boots keep this particular look rooted firmly in practicality.
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