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    Updated on Nov 28, 2019. Posted on Nov 24, 2019

    29 Warm Dresses That Are So, So Much Better Than Pants Will Ever Be

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    1. A leopard print dress for anyone who stans a bold, all-over print look! Throw on a pair of boots and prepare to take over the world.


    Promising review: "Very pleased with this dress. I got my true size and I think it fits well. I will say, I have a smaller chest, so if you’re larger chested I would recommend going up one. It doesn’t have an elastic waist band, it’s an actual tie that allows you to cinch and place where every you want which I was happy about. It fits me just like the pictures." —Hannah

    Get it from Amazon for $22.99 (available in sizes S–XL).

    2. A long-sleeve v-neck dress perfect for heading to work or dressing up with accessories for a night out on the town. Enough warmth for outdoors and cool enough for once you get inside.


    Promising review: ""Honestly, I didn’t have high hopes ordering a dress off Amazon - let alone a plus size dress! This exceed any expectation that I could have had buying from a retail store. It’s incredibly soft! And it’s not sheer, so I’m glad I won’t have to wear a slip underneath. I personally sized up, because I know how this shape fits me, it fits perfect! I also love that I can dress it up or down. I will be back to buy more from Daily Ritual!" —Nikki

    Get it from Amazon for $18.50 (available in sizes XS–XXL and 1X–7X and two colors).

    3. A beautiful long sleeve wrap dress, because the wrap dress is one of the best inventions ever and somehow looks great on everyone?! Like the jeans in the Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants. Except not pants, because this post is all about dresses!

    Promising review: "This dress is a great staple that every person should have in their wardrobe. It’s so versatile! You can dress it up or down and it’s stretchy and comfy which is a plus." —Kbrewer

    Get it from Amazon for $22.59 (available in sizes XS–XL and 23 colors).

    4. A Mickey Mouse sweater dress to wear while you're watching Disney+ and crying over your long lost childhood.


    Get it from Torrid for $55.23 (available in sizes 12–26).

    5. A velvet wrap dress you did knot know you needed until right this moment. I mean just think of the parties you'll wear this to.


    Get it from Loft for $89.50 (available in sizes XXS–XXL, regular, petite and plus).

    6. A pleated lantern-sleeve dress elegant and bright to keep your winter uplifted and beautiful, just like you!


    Promising review: "This red dress is thick yet has a beautiful drape to it. The sleeves are lantern-shaped and have a cute ruffle detail on the edge. The pintucks in the front and back are placed in the perfect spot to accentuate the waist. The dress fits like a glove. It is a bit longer on me than the model (I am 5'2" for reference). A perfect dress for Valentine's Day or the holidays!" —Ruth Maldonado

    Get it from Amazon for $26.99+ (available in sizes XS-XL and in 10 colors).

    7. A velvet maxi dress with a floral design stunning enough to make you weep winter wonderland tears of joy.


    Promising review: "Was pleasantly surprised how much I love this dress! Incredibly comfortable, the pink slip underneath makes the flower pattern stand out and gives the dress depth. Romantic, really excited to wear this! "—KG

    Get it from ModCloth for $129 (available in sizes XXS–XL and two colors).

    8. A layering-ready, pencil-style dress because you're one more layer away from having your favorite outfit of the season ready to go.,

    Promising review: "This dress is great for fall and winter in regards to both the pattern and material. The material isn't terribly thick, but does insulate pretty well (it's polyester). I love that you can wear it with or without leggings, and boots or pumps — hence, great for both fall and winter! I always get compliments when I wear this dress to work. The sleeves are slightly long on me, but I don't mind the excess there as it can be easily pushed up OR useful when I'm trying to keep warm!" —Amanda

    Get it from Amazon for $16.48 (available in sizes XS–XL and five color combos).

    9. A cozy, roomy crewneck dress WITH POCKETS, because you deserve nothing less than comfort and practicality.

    Promising review: "Welcome to comfort city. If you're looking to wear what I believe clouds made into clothing would feel like, well then you have arrived. Just add some leggings, cute boots, and a jazzy scarf, and it will look like you kind of tried for the day whilst feeling like you're wearing PJs. AND IT HAS POCKETS!" —Amazon Customer

    Get it from Amazon for $9.46 (available in sizes S-XXL and in 40 colors).

    10. A floor-length dress that'll have heads turning left, right, and center to see what, where, and how much you got this gem for!


    Promising review: "Such a cool dress, fits perfectly and very well made! Wore it for New Year's in New York and was able to wear heat tech underneath without being noticed and staying warm! Will probably be purchasing other colors!" —Marina

    Get it from Amazon for $29.98+ (available in sizes 2–14 and 24 styles).

    11. A soft long-sleeve dress with a cowl neck so you can have that "effortlessly sophisticated" look while basically wearing pajamas.


    Promising review: "This dress is like wearing a sneaky sweatshirt. It's so comfortable and soft, I'd wear it to bed. It fits closely, but not tightly, around the bust, and flows loosely from there skimming over everything else. It looks cute with lots of different types of shoes, meaning it can stretch seasons for me!" —Genevieve

    Get it from Amazon for $30 (available in sizes XS–XXL and two colors).

    12. A classic and beautifully striped pencil dress for going back to school, work, or out to dinner. Just throw on a jacket and your favorite scarf for a chic added layer and you're ready to hit the pumpkin patch!

    Promising review: "This dress is awesome. I work in a professional environment and received compliments all day. I didn't want it to be too tight since I am wearing it to work. It is cotton-feeling, kind of like a soft t-shirt, and I liked that the arms were not too tight!" —Demyan

    Get it from Amazon for $21.99 (available in sizes S–XL and 20 colors).

    13. A ribbed striped mini dress to throw on with a pair of tights and call it a day (or night!) because this outfit is perfect for both.

    Forever 21

    Promising review: "These sweater dresses are so flattering. Enough elastic to hug your curves but not too thick where you are hot and uncomfortable. It's described as mini but it's not so short."—Forever21Customer

    Get it from Forever 21 for $27.99 (available in sizes 0X–3X and two colors).

    14. A casual waist-tie number you'll waist no time getting into on your way out the door., Amazon

    Promising review: "Love love love this dress!! The material is great quality. It is thick for a winter dress but could be worn in any season. The belt is great, helps create a waistline, and breaks up the all-black [or monochrome] dress." —Gregory Glaze

    Get it from Amazon for $23.99 (available in sizes XS–XXL and eight colors).

    15. A v-neck sweater dress so adorable, you might just make it onto the cover of the family holiday card this year!


    Get it from Asos for $48 (available in sizes 14–24)

    16. An oversized turtleneck sweater dress to help you know exactly what you're wearing to keep warm this weekend as you walk around town with your friends.,

    Promising review: "This sweater is a nice, thick and soft knit. It's definitely bulky, but in the way you'd want with leggings or skinny jeans. I read other reviews that complained about the pockets sticking out, I haven't had that problem, but it would be easy enough to tack them to the inside of the sweater with a needle and thread — even safety pins if you don't sew. Also, some reviews complained that you can't tell front from back because there's no tag. But the seam on the side of the turtle neck isn't even with the center of the shoulder, it's slightly behind toward the BACK of the sweater. I will definitely buy more!" —H.E. Roberts

    Get it from Amazon for $32.99 (available in sizes S–XL and five colors).

    17. An off-the-shoulder lace number for your more formal events this winter where you want to look nice but also feel nice!,

    Promising review: "I don't usually give five stars to anything, but I was very impressed with this dress. I haven't ordered a lot of clothes from Amazon, so I was wary about fit and quality, but both of these aspects about this dress surprised and impressed me. I'm petite, so I was worried about the dress being too long, but it hit right at my knee, which is perfect. The neckline is especially lovely. I love the twin set aspect of this dress — it makes moving in it very easy. The inner shell is super soft and comfortable and stayed in place well once the outer lace dress went over it. Both layers are stretchy but don't feel fragile. The sleeves fit especially well and will keep me warm in winter weddings. I feel comfortable moving, bending, jumping (for a bouquet, maybe?), etc. in this dress." —Amber Wilson

    Get it from Amazon for $39.99+ (available in sizes XS–XL and six colors).

    18. A turtleneck sweater dress to keep you warm on your winter road trip to just get away from it all.

    Urban Outfitters

    Promising review: "This dress is a perfect fall sweater dress that I purchased in multiple colors! Looks cute belted of just on its own. Worn with cute booties or thigh highs, love this."—LaurLoLo

    Get it from Urban Outfitters for $59 (available in sizes XS–XL and four colors).

    19. A gorgeous cashmere-blend dress, because you're a snow angel and it's time the world knew!,

    Promising review: "This is an absolutely heckin' beautiful dress!!!! I’m 5’10” and 135 lbs and this dress is both long enough and fits perfect on me. I ordered this dress in the beige color but it looks more like a very light pastel-ish yellow, and the sleeves are a tad bit too short (because I have some long arms), but with a little stretching they can be pulled down to cover a little more. The material is excellent — nice and thick and keeps you warm! Very, very well-made and worth the $50 dollars I paid." —J. Rhode

    Get it from Amazon for $49 (available in sizes S–L and eight colors).

    20. A long-sleeve skater dress you can wear to work or out after at the bar. Either way you're comfortable and warm...but looking cool!

    Promising review: "It was comfortable and kept me just warm enough for a November wedding. The material is nice quality and I received a lot of compliments on this dress. Would highly recommend this dress." —Ashley

    Get it from Amazon for $28.99+ (available in sizes XS–XL and five colors).

    21. A velvet dress you'll get so many compliments on, but that won't even matter because you'll be so in love with this dress that the world around you will be irrelevant.,

    Promising review: "This dress is wonderful! Everything I have ever wanted in a long velvet dress. The quality is great and the sleeves are nice and long! I am 5'9, so it's not floor length on me, but I love it with boots. The color and fabric quality are great. This would make a great winter bridesmaid dress. I will be wearing it lots." —Amazon Customer

    Get it from Amazon for $43.80 (available in sizes S-XXL and in seven colors).

    22. A flared Peter Pan collar dress for anyone who is secretly Wednesday Addams all year 'round.,

    Promising review: "Absolutely perfect. The fabric is super soft, stretchy, and comfortable. The skirt is long enough that you don't have to worry about it being too short. I am 5'4" and it was a few inches above the knee. The cut if the dress is just right! The fabric is breathable enough for a warmer day, but feels like it would keep you warm in cooler weather. The back has a half zipper so it's super easy to put on. The collar stays up just right and doesn't wrinkle easily. Can't praise it enough, and it's a steal at $24." —ScarletViolet

    Get it from Amazon for $24.99+ (available in sizes XS–XXL and five colors).

    23. A puff-sleeve dress for a standout piece to throw on for more formal occasions you have this winter. Stay a bit warmer without loosing your style.


    Promising review: "This dress is well-made and lined. The fit is true to size, no alterations needed. I love the long sleeves for winter and square neck detail. Many compliments when I wear it!" —PNW47

    Get it from Nordstrom for $89.40 (available in sizes XXS–XXL and two colors)

    24. A striped ribbed sweater dress that'll be the perfect elevated look for the office while also keeping you warm.


    Promising review: "This dress looks and fits exactly like the picture! It is gorgeous. It is a thick heavier knit so it does not show every lump and bump on my body. I don't have to shape wear under it to feel comfortable with the end result." —Reddragon

    Get it from Amazon for $69.50 (available in sizes XS–XL and two colors)

    25. A belted flannel dress for anyone who loves a pop of color mixed in with that classic fall flannel vibe.

    Promising review: "This is a warm, comfortable dress that's extremely flattering because of the classic 50's-early 60's shape and the belt to mark your waist. It's a winter dress for me, very festive while still appropriate for work because of the flannel material. The cotton is substantial while still being soft. The buttons aren't the best quality but seem decent enough for now. I'm very satisfied and have already gotten several compliments on my first day wearing it." —Annaconda

    Get it from Amazon for $40.99 (available in sizes S–XXL and five colors).

    26. A super groovy maxi dress made of colors that will blow your mind as they blow in the wind. Perfect mood setter for the day.

    Free People

    Promising review: "The dress that i got was the black and yellow ideal for the fall with the colors. It flatters my body and i also use it with a belt or without. I wore it to a party where everyone was asking me where i got it and told them it was from Free People."— Melody12

    Get it from Free People for $168 (available in sizes XS–XL and five colors).

    27. A velvet chenille dress so memorable, you're not going to remember a day before this dress was in your life.

    Promising review: "Comfy, thick, and true to size! Loved the material of this dress, as it is rare to get something so durable at this price and on Amazon. Very classy. Perfect for fall and winter formal events with some tights! Keeps you warm! Rolling the sleeves up looks great too if you do get a little too warm. Once tied the dress does get a tad shorter, but I personally like that!" —Amazon Customer

    Get it from Amazon for $42.98 (available in sizes S–XL and four colors)

    28. A dreamy floral embroidered mesh dress to brighten up the darker winter months with something happy and dazzling.

    Promising review: "Couldn’t be happier with this purchase. I needed a dress I could style up for an outdoor wedding last minute when the weather turned cold. So glad I took a chance on this. The colors and embroidery made it look way more expensive then it was and it’s fairly flattering!"—Bryce

    Get it from Amazon for $24.99 (available in sizes S–XXL and nine colors).

    29. A scoop neck sweater dress with buttons up the side just as cute as your button nose all red in the snow.

    Promising review: "I have two of these, they are very comfortable and warm. They work well with leggings, as they come down to just above my knees. I have washed them several times on cool and then hang to dry. So far I am pleased that the red kept is color well after washing." —Flob

    Get it from Amazon for $18.49 (available in sizes S–XXL and 14 colors).

    The second it dips below 60* degrees.

    Warner Bros

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