1

Ganni£235

This dress would look great on taller, more boyish shapes because of the busy pattern and cut. It’s very cinched-in at the waist, but the ruffles add a little bit of interest that stops it from being too dour. It’s a great winter day dress; just add boots and a maxi coat. 

2

Joseph£545

A cashmere dress is the ultimate luxury. You could layer a white shirt, or even a polo neck, underneath it on particularly chilly days or leave it bare and just add gold hoops. I love that you can wear it with bare legs even when it’s cold because the material is so cosy. It’s something that will last and that you can wear time and time again.

3

Tibi£590

I love the streamlined body with the gathering at the front and the poufy sleeves. This dress is quite of-the-moment, but I still think it would be a super investment. The fact that it’s a demure design but with points of interest, like the cut-out back, is so clever and means it works for the office and the evening.

4

Ace & Jig£377

Perfect for the more bohemian-inclined among us. It’s still elegant and sophisticated, but it has a boho edge to it that keeps it from looking too formal. It would be great at the weekend, but also during the week for those that work in more relaxed offices. It goes equally well with heels and trainers, because of the relaxed cut. 

5

See by Chloé£275

I especially love the length of this one. The proportions would work really well for more petite girls – although it has a high neck, pussy-bow tie and long sleeves, these all complement the shorter hemline. It would be great with tights and knee-high boots for winter, plus the mustard colour was made for autumn.

6

Isabel Marant Étoile£395

Isabel Marant always does really good dresses that work well for winter. Her designs are pretty and practical and aren’t designed to be saved for special occasions, they’re for every day. Even though this is beautiful, it doesn’t feel precious.

7

See by Chloé£425

The shape of this dress is very simple and versatile, and although there is quite a lot going on in terms of the design with the high neck and the ruffles, this still feels very fresh and pared-back. The cut means it hangs in such a way that it skims your hips and drapes beautifully.

8

Emilia Wickstead£1,520

This is my dream come true in a dress. If you were getting married, you could wear this as your wedding dress, but also every day afterwards. When we talk about wardrobe icons, this is what we mean – this dress will never age or date, you can wear it a million different ways and forever. All in all, the perfect example of the purity of a simple design and brilliant cut.

9

Ulla Johnson£345

This Ulla Johnson style is the perfect casual day dress that forms a great base for an outfit. I think it would be even more special if you added some beautiful tan accessories, gold jewellery and a great navy maxi coat. 

10

J. Crew£218

A really good winter dress for date night. Sleeveless isn’t ideal when the weather is colder, but you can sometimes feel stuffy if you’re out for dinner and have full sleeves. This J Crew dress solves that problem with its delicate, sheer tulle sleeves.

Winter dresses

What makes a good winter dress? Here’s our checklist: midi length, long sleeves, high neckline (brrrr) – and this season you must be able to add tights and pair of knee-high boots. These 10 investment buys will see you through the cold months and beyond.

By Laura

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