The winter months of December, January and February are the UK’s coldest, with January exhibiting average temperatures of 5-6 degrees Celsius. The chilly weather necessitates thick, warm clothing that can sometimes make you feel as if you’re covered top to toe in layers upon layers of fluff. However, just because it feels like your nose is turning into an icicle, it doesn’t mean you can’t have fun dressing up, especially in chic and classy dresses.
It can be difficult to come up with winter outfits that won’t sacrifice comfort and warmth for style, but who doesn’t love a challenge? To help you come up with ideas for fab winter wear, we’ve rounded up some of the best dress and accessory ideas you should definitely go for this season.
Long-sleeved cocktail dress
Cocktail dresses with long sleeves are a must this season. They can easily be paired up with leggings, but for a more sophisticated look, go for off-shoulder styles. A white cocktail dress will look lovely when worn with nude pumps and is perfect for daytime events.
Little black dress and shawl
Here’s a classic item every lady should have in her closet: a black cocktail dress. If you think yours looks too boring, play it up with a statement piece such as an eye-catching faux fur shawl or a silvery scarf that would look perfect for a night out. Complete your look with a clutch and sparkly heels, and you’re good to go!
For extra warmth without all the layers, go for a dress in velvet. Rich, dark hues such as burgundy and navy add colour and are perfect for the season. Simple and sophisticated, this look is perfect for a romantic date, preferably with wine.
For that winter sparkle, go for a cocktail dress embellished with beads and sequins, and layer it up with a fur coat. This look is perfect for fancy dinner parties where you can show off your glam style.
Winter has a delicate feel to it, making lace an endearing and interesting material to wear. There are many dress styles utilising lace in their designs, from body-hugging silhouettes to lace-and-tulle combos that make you look sweet as candy.
Another material that will keep you warm and cosy, knitwear can also be classy. Knit dresses have come a long way since plain shifts, and you can get them in various styles–turtlenecks and butterfly sleeves, for example.
Long tunics are comfy and keep you warm, and though our favourite styles call for leggings, stockings, jeggings and tight jeans, you can definitely wear them without a bottom. Great for casual Netflix and chilling at home.
Long-sleeved dresses can be worn by themselves, but for extra chilly days you can layer up with cardigans and oversized coats. Some dress styles can be worn with stockings and a good pair of heels and wedge boots, so don’t be afraid to mix things up. Scarves and shawls can add warmth. Use statement necklaces sparingly, especially with lacey outfits. For sequined dresses, there’s no need to accessorise at all!
Don’t let the cold make you look all lumpy. Be fab and have fun dressing up this winter!