When it comes to winter fashion, most women assume that dresses are an unwise choice. The idea of bare legs and goose-pimpled exposed arms is enough to send anyone running for comfy sweaters and jeans through the coldest months of the year – but are dresses really as winter-incompatible as we believe?
Thankfully, no; dresses genuinely are an all-season choice and can work incredibly well even when the weather is at its worst. So whether you’re looking to breathe new life into your well-worn summer dresses or are looking to visit online dress boutiques for a festive treat, here are a few tips for wearing a dress while staying warm, comfortable and stylish all winter long…
Tall boots are preferable to thick pantyhose
If attempting to wear a dress during the winter months, it’s often tempting to reach for thick pantyhose to provide an extra layer of warmth. While this can be effective, pantyhose are often more trouble than they are worth; they ladder easily, ride up, and can cause your feet to slip in your shoes as you walk. Simply put, they’re far from ideal.
Tall boots, on the other hand, are perfect. You achieve the same benefits as with pantyhose – that all-important extra layer – but without any of the downsides. It’s usually best to opt for boots that are at least knee-length, though thigh-length options are also a viable choice for a dress with a shorter hemline.
Opt for slips and/or petticoats
Admittedly, the idea of slips and petticoats is a rather old-fashioned one, bringing to mind the poofy petticoats of yesteryear – a period of history that few of us are looking to emulate when we carefully choose an outfit.
However, petticoats and slips very much do have a place in the modern world of fashion – and don’t worry, there’s not an ounce of flounce in sight. Modern petticoats and slips are slimline, primarily designed to help the ‘fall’ of the skirt look as natural as possible, and – in some cases – help to prevent creasing. Most importantly for winter usage, petticoats and slips are also another layer to help protect you from the cold, so they are definitely a worthwhile addition to your closet.
Select dress-friendly outings carefully
As we have seen above, there are ways and means of ensuring dresses are warmer to wear during the winter months – but it’s unlikely any dress will ever be warm.
As a result, it’s best to carefully pick occasions when you wear a dress; ideally, for events when you’ll spend relatively little time outside, such as when transitioning from your car to the inside of a restaurant. For any excursions where you’ll be spending a longer period of time outdoors, opt for standard winter wear – coats, gloves, jeans, and so on. Dresses can be worn in winter, but they will never be the right choice if you intend to spend a number of hours out in the open.
With the tips above in mind, you should be able to ensure you can wear your favorite dresses 365 days per year – enjoy!