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Wearing a dress in the winter is just as dazzling—if not more—than in the summer season. It also helps that the majority of the cold weather months are centered around the holidays, which means that party dressing (and dresses!) are in full swing. Like any other wardrobe essential, you probably already have one or two go-to dresses in your arsenal, but why not give into the trends this time around and shop these 8 winter dress styles that we—along with many others—couldn’t help but notice?
The top 8 winter dress trends of 2022 range from notable knit dresses that deliver both coverage and chicness, luxury leather dresses to compliment any beautiful boot, and even velvety numbers that secure any spot on the best-dressed guest list this holiday party season. Coming in at the top of our list, however, are dresses from Nensi Dojaka, Christopher Esber, and Staud that dare to bare it all. Dojaka, whose SS23 runway show sparked a sartorial sensation, has single-handedly spotlighted the trend into total success. It also doesn’t hurt that Hailey Bieber is also a fan of the cutout style. If you’re worried about warmth, layer atop a fabulous winter coat. Statement red dresses were another top trending dress style this season—and these from Laquan Smith, Zara, and Mara Hoffman are standouts. For the more minimally minded, there are new takes on your classic LBD courtesy of Cos, Reformation, and Totême. Should you choose to go slathered in sequins or adorned in feathers to your next holiday soirée, party dresses from 16Arlington, HVN, and Rixo have you covered.
Whatever dress you land on this winter, there’s no doubt it will stand out. Below, the top 8 winter dress trends of 2022 to try (and shop!) now.
Notable Knit Dresses
A notable knit dress is a quintessential winter wardrobe staple season after season—and for a reason. At the top of our shopping list is this color-block number from & Other Stories. Sweater dresses from Proenza Schouler and LouLou Studio are like your favorite striped sweater, but better. A cashmere Chloé turtleneck dress perfectly transitions from the streets to the slopes, while knit dresses from Remain Birger Christensen and Lisa Yang are equally as après-ski appropriate.
Little Black (Midi) Dresses
Like your trusty LBD, but with a bit more to offer, these little black midi dresses deliver each and every time. The minimalist approach is perfect for every day but can be just as dazzling for evenings out. Slinky slip dresses from Reformation and Loewe are soon to be staples in your closet, as is this shirtdress from Cos. Shoulder-baring midis from H&M, Totême, and Ulla Johnson have a special edge.
Perfect Party Dresses
The best part of the cold weather season? The many holiday soirées, of course. This winter, find perfect party dresses slathered in sequins or adorned with feathers from Valentino, HVN, and Zara. Rixo’s metallic midi dress will pair effortlessly with a pair of sheer tights and heeled sandals, while LoveShackFancy’s bubblegum-pink minidress is a full look in itself.
Statement-Making Red Dresses
Statement-making red dresses first dominated the SS23 runways—and now, the retailers have taken notice. This holiday season, nothing stands out quite like a solid red dress, and these from Laquan Smith, Staud, and Gabriela Hearst are sure to secure your spot on the best-dressed list. Solace London’s sleek strapless dress just needs some dazzling jewels to take it to that next level, while gathered midis from Zara and Mara Hoffman add that extra va-va-voom all on their own.
Cutout dresses rose to fame this fall and winter thanks to UK-based designer Nensi Dojaka, whose SS23 show sparked a sartorial sensation. (It also doesn’t hurt that Hailey Bieber is a fan of the style). Christopher Esber is equally as known for the dare-to-bare dress, while these from Ganni and Staud may be less expected yet all the more welcome. Jewel-tone cutout dresses from Coperni and Magel Coronel make the perfect party dresses.
Luxury Leather Dresses
Luxury leather dresses deliver not only in style but in warmth and coverage too. There is a festive minidress for nights out courtesy of Nanushka and delightful day dresses from Cos, Jonathan Simkhai, and Chloé. New takes on the slip dress come in from the likes of Proenza Schouler White Label and Staud.
Very Velvet Dresses
While a sequin or feather-fringe dress might be perfect for holiday parties in the evening, a velvety number is ideal for those more daytime occasions, say a festive brunch. One-shoulder velvet maxis from Des_Phemmes and Bernadette pair exceptionally well with pulled-back hair and a statement earring, while an embellished off-the-shoulder midi dress from Saloni needs no added attention. Pink picks from Reformation and Alex Perry are super sweet styles, and you can never go wrong with a beautiful black dress like this one from Ganni.
The Leopard Lovers Dress
Take a walk on the wild side this winter season in none other than a leopard print dress. Style slinky slip dresses from Mango, Saint Laurent, and Paco Rabanne with a simple heeled sandal and The Attico’s minidress with a knee-high boot. Leopard print dresses from Rixo and Proenza Schouler will lie perfectly under any statement coat this season, say a shearling number or a fabulous faux fur?