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How to style dresses in winter

This is how we warm up our wear-anywhere styles

It’s easy to default to jeans and a jumper when temperatures tumble, but if you’re anything like us, you’ll be finding it pretty hard to part with your favourite dresses until the springtime. And why should you have to? A dress might not always scream cosy, but that doesn’t mean it can’t make for a great cold-weather outfit. Here’s the key to styling dresses in winter: lay-er-ing. We’ve picked some of our favourite seasonal styles and made them frosty-morning appropriate, so you’ll never have outfit regret again. These are our top tips.

Add a scarf

If the neckline on your favourite dress isn’t keeping out the cold, bring a scarf into the picture. Extra-chunky scarves are having a moment, and we love picking a bright colour that’ll really boost our mood as much as our outfit. Our beloved Aspen scarf comes in three brilliantly bold shades, and this apple green version picks out the matching tones in this midi dress. Cosy and coordinated? Who knew.

Ailsa Midi Dress £85, Tallis Leather Boots £169, Aspen Scarf £39

Layer your knits

It might sound obvious, but you’ll get so much more style mileage out of your dresses if you layer them with jumpers and cardigans through the winter. The best part is they can even make it feel like a whole new dress. We’ve gone for double trouble in this outfit, teaming a knitted dress (already cosy) with our extra-thick, mohair-infused cardigan. Don’t say we don’t treat you...

Ombre Edge to Edge Cardigan £125, Ribbed Knit Midi Dress £89, Tallis Leather Boots £169

Wrap up in shearling

Not all jackets are created equal, and when winter properly gets underway, a shearling style will be your best friend. Those cold winds don’t stand a chance against the big, fluffy collar of our shearling biker, so it’s perfect for wearing with a dress that has a lower neckline. We’ve added a pair of ankle boots in the same colour for a lighter, fresher winter outfit.

Jinni Midi Dress £99, Coca Huggie Hoop Earrings £24, Tallis Leather Boots £169, Shearling Biker Jacket £599

Choose thicker fabrics

One thing we love about winter is all the plush textures that we can wear from day to night. They’re thicker, warmer and have that luxe vibe that feels so right for darker evenings – and we think they’re great for dresses. Try a corduroy or velvet style with a pair of tights, and swap those trusty flat boots for a heeled pair when it’s time for festive drinks.

Becca Corduroy Mini Dress £75, Pinner Boots £179, Vale Rope Chain Bracelet £30

Add a colour-pop puffer

The puffer jacket may have sporty, adventuring origins, but you’d be surprised how good it looks with a pretty dress in winter – we have our Scandi friends to thank for this vibe. Go for a bright colour for an instant mood boost on dreary winter days, and if you make it one that’s as padded and warm as your duvet, those early morning commutes won’t seem half as bad.

Hollis Short Puffer £129, Roxy Midi Dress £99,  Hoff Metro Trainers £125