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 are plenty of inspiration to get dressed up this Valentine’s Day—no matter how low temperatures may drop.
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.
With a Timeless Turtleneck
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.