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

    Dresses = hero wardrobe item. Who's with me??

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    1. A pleated lantern-sleeve dress to make all of your panic-filled "What do I wear??" mornings a thing of the past — just slip this bb on and get ready to sashay your way out into the world *and* to all the compliments.


    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).

    2. A soft-to-the-touch v-neck dress that'll make you question why your entire wardrobe isn't solely made up of terry material — time to investigate this very serious inquiry!


    Promising review: "The most comfortable dress on the planet but still looks like you made an effort. Launders well, no pilling yet. I bought two because it feels so awesome." —Lauren Lee

    Get it from Amazon for $30 (available in sizes XS–XXL and 1X–7X and two colors).

    3. A turtleneck dress to *actually* keep your bod warm on those rare occasions you actually want to leave the house during the winter and hit up your usual nighttime spots.,

    Promising review: "Loved this dress. I recently ordered it in black. It fit perfectly. The material on the inside of the dress is soft and warm, which was great for a cold night out. I received compliments from both men and women about how the dress hit my curves perfectly." —Kandi Merill

    Get it from Amazon for $13.98+ (available in sizes XS–XXL and five colors).

    4. A buttoned midi sweater dress for a societally-acceptable way of wrapping yourself in a cozy knit blanket.


    Get it from Abercrombie for $46.80 (originally $78; available in sizes XXS–XXL and two colors).

    5. A layering-ready, pencil-style dress (with ample stretch!) that'll make you ~mad for plaid~ all year round.,

    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 $14.99+ (available in sizes XS–XL and five color combos).

    6. A cabernet v-neck sweater dress known for aging like ~fine wine~ and being super fashionable without even trying — it comes with a belt, so you don't have to try either! Just add a pair of heeled combat boots for that chef's kiss effect.

    Dynamite Clothing

    Get it from Dynamite Clothing for $35.97 (originally $59.95; available in sizes XS–XL and also available in black).

    7. An accordion dress that will ~knot~ disappoint on the counts of warmth, style, and all around huggability.


    Get it from Eloquii for $110.90 (available in sizes 14–28 and two colors).

    8. A roomy, versatile crewneck dress with pockets (!!!!) to act as an extension of your PJs — but like, for normal life instead of watching Nexflix in your bed.


    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 $16.99+ (available in sizes S-XXL and in 40 colors).

    9. A bodycon midi with a single colorblock, because that's all the accent you need to make a rather large statement.

    River Island

    Get it from River Island for $60 (available in sizes 2-14 and two colors).

    10. A patterned, full skirted number with longer sleeves to keep your swingers warm and so many pretty designs, you'll be hard-pressed not to buy at least five (and not to mention, more dresses = more compliments).

    Promising review: "After reading the other reviews, I purchased a medium (I usually wear a 6 or 8). I was impressed with how well it fit. The material is great: thin enough to flow and thick enough to keep warm and not need a slip. The skirt is also a slightly silky material so it doesn't stick to my tights or leggings when I wear it. The pockets are a decent size too — I can hold my phone and Chapstick. It didn't feel like there was too much weight on the pocket and it held up well. (Sometimes the pockets aren't well-constructed and they tears at the seams, but it was not the case with this dress)." —Elizabeth Hunt

    Get it from Amazon for $18.99+ (available in sizes S–XXXL and 33 patterns).

    11. A gorgeous long-sleeved velvet dress that'll pair perfectly with some mulled wine by a crackling fireplace with five of your bestest friends in a ski cabin in Vermont. Can you picture it? I sure tried with that description.


    Promising review: "Love this dress! It ended up being cuter than I expected. The medium is true to size and has nice stretch to it. It did not make me look too 'chesty,' which is always a plus. It's a great length for me (just above the knee), but I am pretty short. The sleeves are a smidge long but I have short arms and they make the dress extra cozy. It feels very cozy and I can't wait for it to be cold enough to actually wear it!" —Jenna

    Get it from ModCloth for $59.99 (originally $79; available in sizes XS–XXL and five colors).

    12. A colorful striped dress to chase those dreary winter blues (and grays and blacks) far, far away.

    Free People

    It also comes with a removable slip for added warmth! Huzzah!

    Get it from Free People for $168 (available in sizes XS–L and two color combos).

    13. A casual waist-tie number you'll fall in love with at first sight — so much so, that you won't care about breaking this out multiple times a week., 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 $19.99+ (available in sizes XS–XXL and eight colors).

    14. A double-buttoned shirt dress that'll elevate your badass demeanor to higher than its everyday state — if it could talk, it'd say, "Don't. Mess. With. Me."


    Get it from Asos for $56 (available in sizes 14–26).

    15. An oversized turtleneck sweater dress to help you get ready in a jiffy when you've overslept — just toss this cozy bb over, pull on some tights and OTK boots, and you are winter fashun at its finest., Amazon

    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 $33.99+ (available in sizes S–XL and five colors).

    16. A speckled sweater dress (with an unexpected twist cutout on the back) designed to be so soft and buttery-feeling, it'll feel (and look) like you're wearing cashmere — how's that for your "champagne taste on a beer budget" lifestyle?


    Get it from Loft for $69.99+ (available in sizes XS–XXL, petite sizes XXS–XXL and plus sizes 16/18—24/26).

    17. An off-the-shoulder lace number for any winter weddings (maybe even your own??) or holiday parties on the docket — 'cause showing off a bit of skin and keeping warm shouldn't be mutually exclusive.,

    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 $44.99+ (available in sizes XS–XL and six colors).

    18. A thicc cable knit dress you can actually count on making you feel like cozy and cocooned in the face of bitter cold winds — it's all about making things work in your favor.


    Promising review: "There are no surprises with this sweater except for how soft it is. It almost feels like a soft, cozy blanket. It looks just like the picture. The color is great. The material is thick and not itchy. All I need is colder weather and I will be all set." —Beth Hillebrand

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

    19. A side-buttoned cutie pie with lots of monochrome and striped options, so you can swing your way to warmth and happiness every day of the week.


    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 $12.79+ (available in sizes S–XXL and 14 colors).

    20. A roomy burnout French terry sweatshirt dress destined for lazy days and messy buns — so probably every day. If your manager questions your wardrobe choices, remind them you've earned your stripes.

    Alternative Apparel

    Get it from Alternative Apparel for $72 (available in sizes XS–XL and two colors).

    21. A flowy striped maxi that'll make people backtrack to tell you how lovely you look — it'll also hug ya up top and give your legs room to breathe, especially when you're wearing tights to keep warm.

    Forever 21

    Get it from Forever 21 for $38 (available in sizes 0X–2X).

    22. A gorgeous cashmere-blend number with a pretty pleated skirt and wrap-around tie — unlike doomed, star-crossed lovers Romeo and Juliet, your ~criss-crossed~ love with this dress will last forever., Amazon

    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).

    23. A classy black wrap dress featuring darling peach-colored piping, so if all you ever wear is black but your New Year's resolution is to wear other colors occasionally, this is probably a good first step.


    Get it from CoEdition for $108 (available in sizes XS–XXL and five colors).

    24. A long-sleeve skater dress that'll demand the attention of the room with its laser-cut scalloped hems and impressive swinging skills — I mean, color me impressed!, Amazon

    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 $21.99+ (available in sizes XS–XL and five colors).

    25. A ladder cutout sweater dress to prove, once and for all, that you don't need to ~cut out~ dresses from your winter wardrobe — just look at the style, the class, and the coziness!!


    Promising review: "Such a beautiful dress! Form-fitting, but not overly clingy, and the cut outs look fantastic! My normal size fit perfectly. Love the dress so much I got it in navy too." —AnnT78

    Get it from Torrid for $48.23 (available in sizes 00–6 and navy, which is on final sale).

    26. A velvet dreamboat you'll probably throw a party for, just so you can wow everyone and prove you're the best-dressed hostess in history.,

    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 $36.98+ (available in sizes S-XXL and in seven colors).

    27. A flared Peter Pan collar dress for anyone who wants to feel like Wednesday Addams more than one day out of the whole year — or just show how their inner self feels about winter existing, period.

    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).

    28. A belted flannel dress that'll make you ~check yourself out~ in the mirror much more than usual — in the bathroom, in storefront windows, in car windows, etc., Amazon

    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 $38.99+ (available in sizes S–XXL and five colors).

    29. A velvet chenille dress you'll never want to take off once it's on — it's so dang soft that being cuddled by this will negate the need for a S.O.


    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 $24.55+ (available in sizes S–XL and four colors)

    30. A splurgeworthy cashmere turtleneck dress to marry your cozy and chic styles together in one piece — and bonus: you can retreat into your dress instead of needing a scarf!


    Promising review: "Quick warning: the XXS size is quite short. That being said, this is SUCH a lovely, flattering dress for winter. It can be dressed up or down. I’ve worn it multiple times, from an office present exchange to preschool holiday party, and even to a speaker panel — every time it was perfect! Most definitely a worthy investment, and I couldn’t recommend it more." —Ihearteverlane415

    Get it from Everlane for $165 (available in sizes XS–XL and four colors).

    31. A crewneck shift dress proving that some flowers *do* bloom in the wintertime — at least when you're wearing, nurturing, and showing them off.


    Promising review: "This is a really cute dress. The cut is very flattering and it fits well. Great material that's soft and not itchy while on. Washes great. I line dry it. Looks adorable and casual with ankle boots, but put on heels and it looks classic." —Just Me

    Get it from Amazon for $49 (available in sizes 0–16).

    32. A dreamy lace-patterned gown that'll keep you warm from neck to toe and probably lead to standing ovations whenever you want into a room — just my hunch., Amazon

    Promising review: "This dress perfectly met my needs! I had a black tie wedding to attend and needed a quick go-to for a formal dress. This was too pretty to pass up and was Prime-eligible. I highly recommend ordering at least a size up. It accentuated my figure and definitely got a lot of compliments! It was comfortable and you can’t beat the price." —Patrick J Aguilar

    Get it from Amazon for $36.99 (available in sizes S–4XL and 16 colors).

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