Curling up in sweatpants and a giant hoodie from November till March can be tempting—particularly if you live in a part of the country where the temperature is already pushing freezing. Unfortunately, life doesn’t always permit such indulgences. It does, however, offer some relief in the form of easy winter dresses that you can throw on over 100-denier tights or thermal leggings and brave the cold with dignity (or wear alone with a pair of sneakers, if you happen to still be enjoying weather in the balmy 60s).
Long sleeves are, of course, a winter staple, but sleeveless styles in seasonal fabrics like velvet and jacquard also fit the bill, especially if you layer a black turtleneck underneath. Relaxed silhouettes, rich jewel tones, and super-soft knits likewise make a decent case for actually leaving the house. Below, shop 18 winter dresses we're currently coveting.