As it gets colder and colder, it’s natural to want to just curl up in a fuzzy blanket and stay there forever! But at some point or another, eventually we all have to leave our comfy cocoons and brave the outside world. It is natural on days like these to reach for the classic, go-to hoodie, but there’s so many other options out there, and sometimes it’s best to dress it up! Literally don’t let the cold discourage you from opting for a fun, flirty dress this winter! Let’s dive in and see what styles are going to be popular this year as we transition out of cozy autumn into the winter wonderland season of 2022 and 2023.
#1 Slip Dresses
Slip dresses have been all over the internet lately, and for good reason! Slip dresses have an effortless elegance, and the silhouette-hugging nature of this dress makes adding a chunky sweater or a puffer coat easier than ever to winterize the look. Silk slips are some of the most common styles, but patterns and lightweight cotton can also be a fun addition to your wardrobe.
The best part about the slip dress is how delicate and effortless it seems. This can be a refreshing change of pace from the typical heavy materials that we all tend to gravitate more towards in the fall. Pair this style with any choice of shoes whether it’s a chunky leather boot, leather sandal, or dainty kitten heel.
Who said lace was just for summer? Eyelets, especially white eyelets like the dress shown below, provide another great way to add lightness to your winter wardrobe. This fabric on a dress is the perfect way to emulate the classic sun dress, even when it may not be that sunny outside. Delicate embroidery on a lightweight fabric is yet another style that can easily be layered and accessorized to create the perfect, balanced outfit. These beautiful details in the style really make each dress so graceful and unique, just like the snowflakes heading our way! This style is best matched with a knit cardigan or sweater and can be dressed down with a pair of sneakers or elevated with a strappy heel.
#3 Midi Dress
For the ultimate comfort cut, always opt for a midi-length dress. There is nothing more convenient than this style while on the go. Some of the major benefits include coverage to eliminate fidgeting and a flattering length to make you look taller.
The versatile nature of this cut can be worn in almost any setting. Depending on the color, pattern, or sleeve length, a good midi dress can be one of your most reliable wardrobe staples. It may be best to get one solid-colored midi dress with smocking or tiered seaming to pair with other items, and one patterned midi dress that can stand on its own.
#4 Sweatshirt Dress
If you really prioritize comfort, the sweatshirt dress is the style for you. It is safe to say that the sweatsuit trend is not going anywhere (thanks to our new work-from-home culture), so the sweatshirt dress is more than fashionably acceptable. There is no better excuse to wear a sweatshirt on a regular basis than to mask extreme comfort with a skirt-length hem. Maybe the best part of this dress is that it looks best with a fresh pair of sneakers. It does not get more low maintenance than this, yet it still looks fantastic. It’s also a great way to stay cozy this winter!
#5 Puff Sleeves
This is another trend that’s taken over our feeds, but it’s hard to find a style that beats the puff sleeve in fun or style. This style of dress almost feels pre-accessorized because you do not need to add much to make this look pop. There are so many different options when it comes to picking one of these dresses—you can stay subtle with neutral tones or pull out some bolder colors to be the center of attention!
To really give this dress a winter vibe, opt for a cool color that suits your skin tone and really accentuates the square neckline. This look will never fail to boost your mood and make you feel like royalty!
A relatively new style that has been seen more and more lately is effortless linen apparel. Nothing says laid back and beautiful more than a minimalist linen shift dress. Tap into your inner California winter girl and rock this look with ease. The simplistic nature of this dress looks and feels fresh any time of year, but this year, the ‘clean girl aesthetic’ is in full swing.
Something about this fabric feels expensive, even though there are a lot of really affordable styles out there. Try whites or soft blues to bring out cooler winter tones and get into the feel of the season.
#7 Shirt Dress
This one has been hanging out in our closets for a while, but it is definitely more applicable now than ever. The shirt dress is a timeless look that is not leaving anyone’s capsule wardrobe anytime soon. Recent shirt dress styles are a bit more oversized and trend towards an edgier feel. But that doesn’t mean the dress can’t also double as a professional outfit. The options are truly endless, and remember to have fun styling this with belts, chunky jewelry, or even a statement jacket.
A classic warm and cuddly favorite is the corduroy dress. Something about it just looks so down to earth, cozy, and chic all at the same time, with its soft feel and teddy bear texture. And where the corduroy dress really excels is in its form as an overall dress, layered with a light undershirt. Black or a deep blue is a great color choice to bring out the cool winter feel, and contrasts beautifully with a white or cream-colored blouse underneath.
#9 Button-Up Dress
There’s something so old-timey and elegant in the button-up dress. For your winter look, try a maxi style button up to keep you warm while you look good. This is also a great style to try out a V-neck or some long sleeves. This dress can have a variety of vibes. If you’re looking for glamorous, go with a solid color. As you add patterns and fun colors, your look will have a slightly western feel. Lean into your style and have fun pairing this with a bougee handbag or leather boots and a floppy hat.
Article By Jessica Haviland
Jessica Haviland is a fashion and lifestyle freelance writer based out of Utah. She loves researching new trends and sharing what she learns! When she’s not researching or writing, you can find Jessica hiking in the mountains, playing her guitar or snuggled in a couch watching a good movie.
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