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

    Dresses are in season 👏all 👏year 👏 round.

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    Unless otherwise specified, all sizes in this post are listed in women’s.

    1. A long-sleeve dress so your fit can be as strong and fierce as you are.

    the dress with an animal print and a slit up the leg to about the knee area

    Get it from AllSaints for $140 (originally $350; available in sizes 00–10).

    2. A long-sleeve V-neck dress with 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 Rupert

    Get it from Amazon for $17.47+ (available in sizes XS–XXL and 1X–6X and two colors).

    3. A ribbed sweater dress for a basic you'll reach for every time.

    the dress in light brown
    Banana Republic

    Get it from Banana Republic for $97 (originally $139; available in sizes XXS–XXL regular, S–XL tall, and three colors).

    4. 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.

    the dress

    Promising review: "Fits perfectly! I get a ton of complements when I wear it. The tie at the waist really makes it perfect. love that the sleeves balloon out after the tighter area, it gives a great silhouette." –Heather

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

    5. A puff sleeve sweater dress because LBDs are a classic for a reason!

    the dress in black

    Get it from Express for $40 (originally $80; available in sizes XXS–XL and also in brown).

    6. 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!

    the dress in red

    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." —Kbrewer912

    Get it from Amazon for $27.91+ (available in sizes XS–XL and 19 colors).

    7. A flared ribbed knit dress to pair with some leggings and your favorite boots. There's your perfect fall outfit done!

    the dress in grey
    Forever 21

    Get it from Forever 21 for $22.99 (available in sizes S–L and also in berry).

    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 $13.99+ (available in sizes XS–XL and 11 colors).

    9. A long-sleeve crewneck swing dress so you can twirl and swirl your way into the holiday season.

    the dress in black

    Get it from Gap for $38 (originally $69.95; available in sizes XS–XL and also in gray).

    10. A classic and beautifully striped pencil dress. Just throw on a jacket and your favorite scarf for a chic added layer and you're ready to hit the pumpkin patch!

    the black and white stripped version of the dress

    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 $26.98 (available in sizes S–XXL and 20 colors).

    11. A velvet midi wrap dress so stunning you might just spend the whole day staring at yourself in the mirror.

    the dark blue, red, and black floral dress

    Get it from ModCloth for $199 (available in sizes XS–4X).

    12. An elegant and bright pleated lantern-sleeve dress 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 $25.99+ (available in sizes XS–XXL and in 10 colors).

    13. A cozy turtleneck dress so you can be cozy and stylish at the exact same time.

    the dress in green
    Old Navy

    Get it from Old Navy for $34.99 (available in sizes S–XXL regular and XS–XL petite).

    14. 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 $38.98+ (available in sizes 2–14 and 45 styles).

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

    the dress in gray

    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).

    16. 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 $21.99+ (available in sizes XS–XXL and 23 colors).

    17. 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 $30.99+ (available in sizes S–XL and 21 colors).

    18. 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 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).

    19. A long-sleeve skater dress you can wear to feel comfortable and warm...but look cool!

    the dress in black

    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–XXL and five colors).

    20. 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! 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 $44.80 (available in sizes S–XXL and in six colors).

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

    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. 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 10 colors).

    22. A striped ribbed sweater dress that'll be the perfect elevated work look while also keeping you warm.

    the dress

    Promising review: "I get so many compliments on this sweater dress every time I wear it. Colors are great!" —noora

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

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

    the dress in blue checkers

    Promising review: "This is a warm, comfortable dress with a classic '50s and early-'60s 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 $47.99 (available in sizes S–XXL and five colors).

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

    the dress in dark teal

    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)

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

    the dress with a floral pattern layered on a black base

    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!"—Bryceman

    Get it from Amazon for $33.99 (available in sizes S–XXL and nine colors).

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

    the dress in orange red and black stripes

    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 $19.99 (available in sizes S–XXL and 30 colors).

    The second it dips below 60* degrees.

    Warner Bros

    The reviews for this post have been edited for length and clarity.

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