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Great Winter Dresses To Get You Out Of Your Loungewear Rut

Just because summer is over doesn’t mean we have to wave goodbye to dresses.

Dresses, dresses and more dresses – the ‘new in’ sections are full of them, so which style should you try? And more importantly, how do you wear them in freezing temps? Luckily, we've got all the answers. 

Temperatures have plummeted, the clocks have gone back an hour and the supermarkets are already stocked up with selection boxes - yes, winter is well and truly upon us. Nights are longer and evenings darker, encouraging us to stay inside and get cosy. Fitting really given that we're in the middle of lockdown 2.0.  

While it can be all too tempting to reach back for that matching knitted co-ord, the tie-dye sweatshirt and even a pair of premium pyjamas, you shouldn't. Didn't you learn anything from quarantine the first time around? There's a psychological reason why it's good to get dressed, even if you'll be in your home office (read: the couch) all day. Experts have recommended sticking to routines when working from home which means showers, teeth brushing and you guessed it, clothes. Getting dressed can also be important for your mood and general well-being when you're spending significant amounts of time at home. Although loungewear was able to give us comfort and the psychological benefits of getting dressed each day the first time around, our brains now see loungewear as glorified pyjamas meaning you're more inclined to lay on the couch all day as opposed to being productive. While there's nothing wrong with taking it easy, after a while - it can become tiresome and begin to take a toll on our mental health. Thankfully, there's an easy fix: dresses.

At face value, a dress might look and feel fancy — and that's the ultimate con that dress-wearers have pulled. In fact, it's one of the easiest things in the world to wear and requires the least amount of effort. Just like a matching two-piece or a jumpsuit, a dress is a full outfit in itself, so it takes away any decision-making from your morning routine. Plus, most dresses are inherently comfy, at least the below styles certainly are.

And – before you ask, yes you can still wear dresses in winter. Although they might not be the backless floral versions you're used to seeing, winter dresses are just as stylish, if not more. They're usually longer and heavier than its summer sister, in sumptuous and tactile fabrics such as velvet and satin. They often come in darker, more mysterious hues – from deep blacks and navy to sparkling metallics. However, this doesn't mean shorter hems are out of the question – simply throw on a pair of monogram tights and be done with it. Oh, and when it gets really freezing, you just simply layer a great roll-neck underneath (preferably a black or white version) add tights, a coat and boots and you're warm yet look great. While checks are definitely the most talked-about trend of the autumn/winter 2020 season, there are plenty of other styles from more inexpensive labels to the high-end fashion houses.

From knitted maxi dresses to mini shirt dresses in sustainable leather, here are the best winter dresses to shop right now.

shop the best winter dresses for aw'20:

COS CHECKED WOOL DRESS, €135, SHOP

THE FRANKIE SHOP OFF THE SHOULDER KNITTED DRESS, €317, SHOP

THE KOOPLES LONG FRILLY PRINTED DRESS WITH FLORAL MOTIF, €425, SHOP

MANGO SHINY TEXTURE DRESS, €49.99, SHOP

ZARA CHECK MINI DRESS, €39.95, SHOP

GANNI 180, SHOP

PUFF SLEEVED TEXTURE DRESS, €49.99, SHOP

& OTHER STORIES RELAXED BELTED TURTLENECK MIDI DRESS, €89, SHOP

JACQUEMUS MALLIE LAURIS COLD-SHOULDER MOHAIR-BLEND MIDI DRESS, €533.32, SHOP

TOPSHOP OLIVE DOT HIGH NECK MIDI DRESS, €65, SHOP

TED BAKER GWENII BELTED MIDI DRESS, €240, SHOP

FEE G SEQUIN EMBROIDERED MINI DRESS, €265.60, SHOP

H&M RIB-KNIT DRESS, €49.99, SHOP
RIXO SIMONE DRESS, €340, SHOP
TOPSHOP RUST FLORAL PRINT TIERED MIDI DRESS, €57, SHOP
STAUD JAY DRESS, €167, SHOP
H&M LYOCELL-BLEND DRESS, €27.99, SHOP
NANUSHKA LEE PLEATED MIDI DRESS, €690, SHOP

& OTHER STORIES VELVET FLORAL CRYSTAL BUTTON MINI DRESS, €89, SHOP

& OTHER STORIES BELTED PLEATED MAXI DRESS, €145, SHOP

ERDEM DITSY PRINT SILK DRESS, €2,080, SHOP

TOPSHOP BUTTON DOWN PU DRESS, €52, SHOP

H&M LONG BALLOON-SLEEVED DRESS, €49.99, SHOP

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