8 of the best cold-weather dresses



When thinking of your winter wardrobe, you probably envision all things chunky – chunky boots, chunky knits, chunky scarves - but the true hero of dressing for the cold is one that’s often overlooked: the dress. Wear it to the park or on a Zoom call, wear it solo or transform your look with layering – think polo necks slotted underneath or sleeveless utility jackets thrown on top. Whilst shorter, chillier days are far from appealing, these long-sleeved winter dresses certainly are.


1. Maxi dress

Ted Baker Elornna Lantern Throw On Midi Dress


If you thought maxi (particularly patterned) dresses were just for summer, think again. Make it cold-weather-proof and layer a thermal roll neck underneath and a boxy blazer on top. This one will look just as good come evening with a teddy coat.

Ted Baker, Elornna Lantern Throw On Midi Dress, £70.00


2. Mini dress

Barbour Crest Dress


Just because it's colder, it doesn't mean you have to completely cover up. Minidresses are still all the rage. Just add some thick woollen tights, over-the-knee boots, and a faux-fur jacket or coat for a truly timeless retro inspired look.

Barbour, Crest Dress, £70.00


3. Long-sleeved midi

Forever New Jennifer Long Sleeve Tiered Midi


This versatile floral style will work around the clock – from important meetings to baking cakes with the kids – and can be styled to suit any sartorial taste. If you prefer a casual look, pile on a cosy sweater or make a statement with some killer knee-high boots below.

Forever New, Jennifer Long Sleeve Tiered Midi, £35.99


4. Bodycon

M Lounge Long Sleeve Knit Dress


What could be better than the amalgamation of wool and a dress? Loose on top and figure-hugging on the bottom, the versatility of this dress can’t be denied. Giving off an air of put togetherness, this lazy number makes getting dressed first thing in the morning a delight.

M Lounge, Long Sleeve Knit Dress, £32.00


5. Animal print

Mela London Animal Printed V Neck Belted Dress


Tiger is just one of the many animal prints we’ve been lusting over this season, especially when it comes in a bright, abstract form. Pair this classy, cinched in number with stark white boots to make it pop.

Mela London, Animal Printed V Neck Belted Dress, £40.00


6. 2 in 1

Jack Wills Southwick Turtleneck Jersey Dress


A dress that takes the work out of styling and staying warm? Yes, please. This two-in-one turtleneck will be your go-to on those dreaded last-minute mornings when you’re in a bit of a hurry. Dress it up with a red lip and knee-high boots or down with some hefty biker boots and a woolly scarf.

Jack Wills, Southwick Turtleneck Jersey Dress, £25.00


7. Prairie Dress

Great Plains Ivy Fleur Long Sleeve Smock Dress


The prairie trend we loved in summer has been given a new breath of life in this darker iteration. The rich, rust tone, high neck and fabric falling over three tiers…this is winter in a dress. We’ll be wearing ours with cosy shearling and tan leather boots.

Great Plains, Ivy Fleur Long Sleeve Smock Dress, £79.00


8. Dark Florals

SET Long Sleeve Printed Dress


The notion of florals is normally associated with the coming of springtime and blossom on trees, but this winter, bold blooms are presented in a way that even Wednesday Addams would be in support of – dark, romantic and so easy to integrate with your favourite pieces.

SET, Long Sleeve Printed Dress, £135.00