How to Layer a Dress During the Winter

Sure, the ease of throwing on a dress comes with a bit of strife when…

Sure, the ease of throwing on a dress comes with a bit of strife when temperatures start to dip below freezing point, but that doesn’t mean you have to put your maxis and midis into storage until spring. With help from a few dependable base layers, all of your twirl-worthy frocks can continue to remain in rotation.

The fall and winter runways were an exemplary model of how it’s done. Vetements added layers underneath a thigh-high slit gown. Georges Wendell made a halterneck dress feel warm and cozy with the help of turtlenecks and tights. And Alyx took winter layering to the next level, pairing mini dresses over pants. Coincidentally, all of those pink and red moments provide plenty of inspiration to get dressed up this Valentine’s Day—no matter how low temperatures may drop.

Photo: Vetements
Photo: Alyx

In the same vein, street-style stars are also using these clever styling techniques to bring more versatility to their wardrobes. From reliable thermals to trendy catsuits, here are six outfits that illustrate how to layer a dress this winter.

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With a Timeless Turtleneck

The classic turtleneck is a winter wardrobe essential that will probably give you the most mileage. Not only are they great options for wearing alone with jeans, but they also pair well with dresses.

Re/Done long-sleeve thermal tee

Tory Burch silk jersey turtleneck

Perfect Moment Base stretch-jersey turtleneck bodysuit

Café du Cycliste Cosette long-sleeved thermal top

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With Thigh-High Boots

If you’re up for showing a hint of skin, those mini dresses will pair well with an over-the-knee boot. Reach for walkable options—like Dior’s combat style—or head-turning stilettos designed by Khaite.

Stuart Weitzman Highland over-the-knee boot

Proenza Schouler faux leather stretch thigh-high boots

Khaite Taylor over-the-knee boot

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With Black Leggings and Pants

A trusty pair of leggings or tailored trousers could be just the magic touch to add interest to your outfit. You’ll stay warm and toasty with Uniqlo’s HeatTech ones, as well as the super high-waisted pair from Spanx.

Uniqlo Heattech ultra warm leggings

Norma Kamali Spat stretch-jersey flared leggings

Wardrobe.NYC Release 05 stirrup wool trousers

Spanx Look at Me Now high-waisted seamless legging

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With a Thermal Crewneck

Don’t be fooled by the thin, undetectable designs of these crewnecks. The thermal fabrics will help you feel warmer and make for an excellent option for layering with your dresses.

32 Degrees Heat thermal top

Re/Done thermal mock-neck sweater

Icebreaker Oasis long-sleeve merino wool base layer tee

Cordova ribbed thermal top

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With a Onesie

Whether you’re looking for ways to wear a peek-a-boo dress with cutouts or simply interested in an undetectable, one-and-done layering trick, the unitard is a winter essential. Look for barely-there fabrics like the compression option by Skims or treat yourself to Prada’s delightful catsuit.

Skims All-In-One scoop-neck long sleeve onesie

Prada Superfine wool jacquard long Johns

Marine Serre Iconic All Over Moon jumpsuit

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With Tights and Socks

If the temperatures aren’t too frosty, show a hint of skin with a sheer pair of tights or tall see-through socks. Don’t be afraid to have fun with polka-dots and unexpected finishes from brands like Rui and Falke.

Wolford Individual 10 denier stay-up stockings

Hanes Reflections full-support knee-high socks