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Liberty Explains How to Wear a Dress in Winter

How to Wear a Dress in Winter

Trickier than it sounds, styling a dress so it’s suitable for the winter weather is an art in itself. Liberty’s guide will soon have you layered to perfection
By: George Elliot

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How to Wear a Dress in Winter

Trickier than it sounds, styling a dress so it’s suitable for the winter weather is an art in itself. Liberty’s guide will soon have you layered to perfection

By: George Elliot

You don’t want to lock away your dress collection until spring, but you also don’t want to freeze on your way to work. No, it may not be rocket science, but knowing how to wear a dress in winter is an artform. Feeling warm in the face of the season’s often grim weather is the objective here, but the colour, print, fabric and fit of your additional layers all demand crucial consideration, too. That’s why we’ve taken the liberty (ahem) of putting together this very handy guide that’ll teach you how to wear your favourite dress this season.

The Minimalist Dress

When styling minimalist dresses like Ganni’s Poplin Smock Mini-Dress, £195, there are two paths to choose from: do you lean further into the aesthetic with equally pared-back layers or add contrast with a punchy hit of maximalism? For a beautifully simple ensemble that’s as cosy as it is timeless, consider monochrome knitwear your best friend and slip into Joseph’s Graphic Knit High-Neck Jumper, £395 before adding a slick tailored jacket such as CO’s Single Button Linen Blazer, £595 on top. But if it’s the latter that sounds up your street, look upon the dress as if it were a blank canvas in need of vibrancy and pair it with a graphic jumper (FARM Rio’s Pineapple Flowers Navy Sweater, £160 is perfect is perfect). Over the top, choose a coat that’s exactly that, such as Shrimps’ Judy Coat, £650.

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The Knitted Dress

With temperatures low and days darker, the morning invitation to hit snooze seems all the more tempting. If only there was a dress that provided both style kudos and bed-like cosiness. Behold the knitted dress - Sessùn’s Arves Dress, £260 is among our favourites. But add too many and you’ll be faced with uncomfortable heat and unflattering bulkiness. The first tip is to keep other knitted pieces to an absolute minimum, perhaps just opting for a scarf like Liberty’s Letters Jacquard Wool Scarf, £245. Then, add contrast with a single piece made from technical and man-made fibres that also add structure. Moncler’s Clair Down Jacket, £1,215, with its high-shine nylon léger shell and sculptural silhouette promises to deliver.

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The Printed Dress

Unless you’re gifted at mixing prints or enjoy clashing patterns, use the colour palette of your printed dress as your starting point, and layer up with pieces in the same tonal family, just with different fabric textures and finishes. Take Rixo’s Maddison Checkerboard Maxi-Dress, £285; it’s two main colours are red and beige, so Paloma Wool’s Renzo Circle Aperture Jumper, £150, in sandy brown and with 90’s, grunge-like distressing, will compliment it well. If the weather outside takes a turn for the worst, consider Ganni’s Twill Trench Coat, £345 the perfect final addition, complete with oversized lapel collar, decorative pockets and diamond-shaped gold buttons.

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The Denim Dress

With year-round wearability, the denim dress transcends the trend cycle. But because denim isn’t exactly the most insulating of fabrics, wearing one on its own during winter isn’t advised. Cold-cancelling knits in earthy tones should be your first port of call, so look no further than Acne Studios' Polo V-Neck Jumper, £350. With a wide v-neckline, it won’t eclipse what’s worn underneath either, so if the dress has a collar like Aligne’s Gabriella Denim Midi, £90, style so that it sits up and out. However, while winter hasn’t quite reached its arctic climes, a printed shirt will prove a characterful lightweight alternative, so button up in Liberty’s technicolour Tumbling Wilde Relaxed Shirt, £145. Now to outerwear. We want to make it clear that double denim is far from a fashion faux pas, meaning a lined sherpa jacket such as Levi’s Ex-Boyfriend Jacket, £120 will pair perfectly.

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The Voluminous Dress

Liberty’s legendary fashion floors are (almost) stocked to the rafters with voluminous dresses, ideal for the festive party season. But coming in architectural, body-redifining shapes, layering one up for winter can sometimes be frustrating and uncomfortable. So if you have your eye on something like Horror Vacui’s Jessie Poppy Forest Tana Lawn™ Cotton Dress, £680, note that you’ll need layers that accommodate it’s billowing skirt, flounce and dramatic puffed sleeves. First off, look for something effortless and unrestrictive like a sleeveless knit or waistcoat like Fortella’s Demi Corduroy, £355. Opt also for outerwear that’s roomy. With ‘80s power shoulders (a returning trend this season) and an adjustable waist belt, Dries Van Noten’s Rinka Coat, £1,350 is generous in fit, so there’s no need to worry about flattening the dress’ incredible volume.

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