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30 best Winter dresses & outfits that aren’t sweater dresses

30 best Winter dresses & outfits that aren’t sweater dresses

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Last Updated on October 20, 2023 by Eve Dawes

Classy and pretty Winter dresses from casual to cocktail

Winter dresses don’t have to mean just sweater dresses, although I’m a huge fan of those too. The styles on here are the most versatile dresses to add to your winter wardrobe to be able to dress up or down for the office or after work parties. Whether your styles modest, classic or fashion forward I’ve rounded up the best Winter dresses to suit everyone. For Winter dress trends 2023 think leather, hot pink and bold reds, maxi dresses, corsets and subtle bow details. The Valentino dress below is the perfect cute winter dress for this. Keep reading for the best chic casual, formal and classy winter dresses to wear during the colder months. With lots of winter outfit ideas that nail all of the winter fashion trends to wear during the coldest months of the year and how to style them for extra warmth.

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The pretty Winter dresses and outfits to wear this season

As much as I love my sweater dresses sometimes I overheat in them and there’s not always call to be as glam as wearing a cocktail dress. Although, if you’re looking for those, I have lots of articles on those too from Christmas party dresses to New Years dresses.

A cute and casual winter dress is perfect for throwing on and running around during the colder months and easy to layer with tights, leggings, and coats, etc.

Classy winter dresses are ideal for work and when you want something a little more chic but still not full on cocktail attire. I tend to wear them for brunch or lunch dates for something a little more elevated than a sweater dress.

Here’s the most stylish pieces I came across this season to update your outfits this Winter.

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From designer to luxe for less, everyday outfits to formal Winter dresses, these are the most stunning styles around this winter season. 

Best Winter dresses under $500

These stunning winter dresses proove you don’t need designer labels for a classy or cute winter dress outfit:

  1. Alice & Olivia black and white Tuxedo dress is an elegant and chic style. It’d be perfect for the office, business meetings or a work to drinks Winter outfit.

2. Endless Rose V-Neck Button-Front Tweed Dress is a pretty Winter dress that’s classy and makes a simple tweed dress look more modern.

3. You can never go wrong with a classic LBD black and gold button mini dress. This velvet and gold button blazer dress is a sophisticated and classy winter dress outfit that works for work, dinners and everything in between.

4. Assignment black and white long sleeve houndstooth mini dress is easy to dress up or down for work or cocktails. The best part about this classy winter dress is that it also comes with the belt which is detachable so you can wear it with your other winter dresses too.

If it’s sold out, there are lots more similar houndstooth print dresses around this season for an equally classy winter dress outfit.

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5. This long sleeve pink satin dress is another mini dress that works for the day or night and it’s on sale. 

Best designer winter dresses

The dresses dreams are made of. From classic black and white styles to cute winter dresses to what’s trending now:

16. Balmain Asymmetric Buttoned Crepe Short Dress might be a little glam for the day but for the evening or during the festive season I say bring it on! This dress was love at first sight for me.

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17. Balmain logo mini dress is perfect if you love logos and print designs. This designer Winter dress is a cozyWinter dress idea that’s easy to dress up or down. Layer it over tights or even leggings on colder days or add some gold or sparkly jewelry when you want to up the glam factor. Shoe wise, this dress looks just as stunning with strappy heels as it does with all lengths of boots from ankle to knee high.

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18. For a look that says straight off the runway, Valentino’s bright pink Iconographe cap sleeve mini dress is fun, stylish and perfect for all of your holiday events. If you don’t normally wear a ton of color in the Winter, change things up with this outfit.

19. This formal winter dress is such a classic ivory midi that would work for pretty much every season. It’s cut for a flatteringly slim fit and such an ultra chic look.

20. If you’re bored of neutral colors, Valentino crepe neck dress comes in the hottest color of the year, fuchsia. Which works for pretty much every occasion and makes for a super cute and stylish winter outfit. The long sleeves also give a little more coverage and warmth for Winter.

21. Classic style Valentino, this crepe couture, cute winter little black dress has an elegant and on trend bow detail. Layer with tights and knee boots on colder days.

How to style winter dresses for extra warmth

If you’re worried about staying warm in any of these cold weather dresses, you can easily layer a puffer coat, wool long coat, long cardigan, faux fur jacket, chunky sweaters or soft knits over most of them for extra warmth.

I know it’s not sexy but a thermal bodysuit and even thermal tights or leggings also work wonders! I’m all about layering rather than one thick layer in the cold winter months as otherwise I tend to overheat inside.

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6. I started this as more of an everyday winter dress edit but got distracted by pretty things like this black leather strapless dress for under $100. It’s one of those sexy dresses you could down play for work with a white shirt underneath or a blazer, tights and boots. Then add a red lip and get rid of everything but the dress for the night. 

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7. Comfy casual at its best. Brand du jour Skims long sleeve soft lounge dress is the casual winter dress that keeps selling out. It comes in lots of different colors and sleeve lengths. 

8. Black blazer dresses are a classic option for Winter dresses and especially the office. Express has some really good sales on right now and this dress is in it for just over $100. 

9. This strapless denim maxi dress works for all seasons with some clever layering and the length is right on trend. When you think denim you think casual Winter dresses but this is a style that can easily be dressed up or down. Layer over a white shirt or roll neck sweater, tights and boots for extra warmth.

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10. Reformation’s relaxed high neck, long sleeve mini dress is perfect for the holiday season and layering with tights and boots. 

11. The ALLTAA illusion midi dress is probably the most interesting winter dress on here. This black winter outfit looks like a ribbed knit turtleneck sweater and faux leather skirt but is actually a dress. It’s probably the most perfect winter outfit for the office on here. 

12. Alice & Olivia’s black and white sleeveless dress is a classic but statement dress you can wear year after year. If you’re worried about being cold, you can always layer a blazer or oversized sweater over the top and add tights and knee-high or thigh-high boots.

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13. Black sleeveless blazer dresses are ideal for layering over shirts or wearing on its own if you run hot. It’s a style you can wear year after year without worrying about it being out of style. 

14. For an on trend sophisticated winter dress, this red tweed dress is one of the best winter dresses for being fashion forward and ultra chic. This classy winter dress comes in lots more colors if red’s too bright for you.

15. If you’re looking for navy blue to make a change from black, this long sleeve bodycon dress would work for winter weddings, the office, date night and pretty much everything in-between. It’s a super versatile, classy style that’s under $100.

Best designer winter dresses

The dresses dreams are made of. From classic black and white styles to cute winter dresses to what’s trending now:

16. Balmain Asymmetric Buttoned Crepe Short Dress might be a little glam for the day but for the evening or during the festive season I say bring it on! This dress was love at first sight for me.

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17. Balmain logo mini dress is perfect if you love logos and print designs. This designer Winter dress is a cozyWinter dress idea that’s easy to dress up or down. Layer it over tights or even leggings on colder days or add some gold or sparkly jewelry when you want to up the glam factor. Shoe wise, this dress looks just as stunning with strappy heels as it does with all lengths of boots from ankle to knee high.

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Use code RF-220X-D9218D to be entered to win $500 when shopping this dress on Italist

18. For a look that says straight off the runway, Valentino’s bright pink Iconographe cap sleeve mini dress is fun, stylish and perfect for all of your holiday events. If you don’t normally wear a ton of color in the Winter, change things up with this outfit.

19. This formal winter dress is such a classic ivory midi that would work for pretty much every season. It’s cut for a flatteringly slim fit and such an ultra chic look.

20. If you’re bored of neutral colors, Valentino crepe neck dress comes in the hottest color of the year, fuchsia. Which works for pretty much every occasion and makes for a super cute and stylish winter outfit. The long sleeves also give a little more coverage and warmth for Winter.

21. Classic style Valentino, this crepe couture, cute winter little black dress has an elegant and on trend bow detail. Layer with tights and knee boots on colder days.

How to style winter dresses for extra warmth

If you’re worried about staying warm in any of these cold weather dresses, you can easily layer a puffer coat, wool long coat, long cardigan, faux fur jacket, chunky sweaters or soft knits over most of them for extra warmth.

I know it’s not sexy but a thermal bodysuit and even thermal tights or leggings also work wonders! I’m all about layering rather than one thick layer in the cold winter months as otherwise I tend to overheat inside.

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